WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is requesting about as much money for overseas operations in the coming fiscal year as in this one, but there is at least one noteworthy new twist: the first-ever Space Force request for war funds.

Officials say the $77 million request is needed by Oct. 1 not for space warfare but to enable military personnel to keep operating and protecting key satellites.

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Col. Nick Hague, NASA astronaut for space expeditions 59/60 in 2019, shares his space experiences at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Feb. 5, 2020 (Air Force Photo / Airman Amanda Lovelace)

If you're transferring to Space Force, or if you're already in it, top branch officials want your ideas on what to call its members, ranks and operational units.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 10 Iridium communications satellites from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Oct. 9. 2017 at 5:37 a.m. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Ian Dudley)

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Russian spacecraft are trailing a U.S. satellite used to spy on other countries, the commander of the US Space Force told TIME Magazine.

The two Russian satellites have come within 100 miles of the U.S. satellite and the United States has raised concerns about the matter to Moscow through diplomatic channels, Space Force Commander Gen. John Raymond told TIME Magazine's W. J. Hennigan.

"We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing," Raymond told the publication. "It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space," he said.

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In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war ... and SHARP powerpoints (Facebook/Warhammer 40,000)

Like a newly-formed high school punk band, Space Force is figuring out its act. What should its uniforms look like? What should its rank structure be? When errant reporters refer to Space Force personnel as soldiers, how should angry space veterans correct them?

These are the important questions that need to be answered, and many airmen were delighted on Wednesday to see a message on the popular Facebook group Air Force amn/nco/snco asking for input.

An individual assigned to the Office of the Chief of Space Operations familiar with the planning process of the Space Force confirmed that the message was written by Chief Master Sgt. Amber Mitchell, a senior enlisted leader assigned to the new service.

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The Falcon 9 Starlink rocket successfully lifted off of Pad 40 on January 29, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

Two Air Force installations in on Central Florida's Space Coast will soon bear the Space Force name.

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Now that the Space Force has passed through the Pentagon's proverbial birth canal, a major issue facing the sixth military branch is what exactly does one call Space Force service members?

The Space Force is entertaining several options, but "space men" and "space cadets" are not among them, Space Force Vice Commander Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson told reporters on Wednesday.

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