First Georgia Tech Students, ROTC Officers, Join U.S. Space Force

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Posted November 2, 2020

The Georgia Institute of Technology has its first members of the U.S. Space Force.

Three members of Georgia Tech's Air Force ROTC detachment have transferred to the newest military branch, along with a Ph.D. student in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.

Capt. Chloe Babcock, an instructor in Georgia Tech’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 165 and a master’s student in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was the first Georgia Tech graduate student to transfer to the Space Force, in September.

Major Brian Stewart, a Ph.D. student in the Nunn School, followed a month later.

In five weeks, Joshua Hammonds, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student, expects to graduate and become the first Georgia Tech ROTC student to directly commission into the Space Force.

“Knowing that I will be the first ROTC cadet from Georgia Tech to directly commission into the Space Force is surreal and humbling,” Hammonds said. “I’m looking forward to using the skills and education I have cultivated here to continue Georgia Tech’s legacy of outstanding service to the military and the nation.”

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