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743d MI BN Understanding the Army Space Badge

U.S. Army Col. Michele Bredenkamp, 704th Military Intelligence Battalion brigade commander, gives Spc. Kevin Lewis, 743d Military Intelligence Battalion Alpha company, his Space Badge certificate March 10, 2016, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The Space Badge can be awarded to active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers who successfully complete appropriate space-related training and attain the required Army space cadre experience. There are three levels of the Space Badge: basic, senior and master. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kristopher Dimond/Released)

U.S. Army Col. Michele Bredenkamp, 704th Military Intelligence Battalion brigade commander, gives Spc. Kevin Lewis, 743d Military Intelligence Battalion Alpha company, his Space Badge certificate March 10, 2016, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The Space Badge can be awarded to active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers who successfully complete appropriate space-related training and attain the required Army space cadre experience. There are three levels of the Space Badge: basic, senior and master. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kristopher Dimond/Released)

U.S. Army Col. Michele Bredenkamp, 704th Military Intelligence Battalion brigade commander, addresses the company during a Space Badge presentation ceremony March 10, 2016, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The required space cadre experience for active duty Soldiers is: Basic Space Badge, 12 months; Senior Space Badge, 48 months; and Master Space Badge, 84 months, and for Reserve and National Guard Soldiers: Basic Space Badge, 24 months; Senior Space Badge, 60 months; and Master Space Badge, 96 months. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kristopher Dimond/Released)

U.S. Army Col. Michele Bredenkamp, 704th Military Intelligence Battalion brigade commander, addresses the company during a Space Badge presentation ceremony March 10, 2016, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The required space cadre experience for active duty Soldiers is: Basic Space Badge, 12 months; Senior Space Badge, 48 months; and Master Space Badge, 84 months, and for Reserve and National Guard Soldiers: Basic Space Badge, 24 months; Senior Space Badge, 60 months; and Master Space Badge, 96 months. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kristopher Dimond/Released)

U.S. Army Spc. Brian Carter, 743d Military Intelligence Battalion Alpha company, receives a certificate from Col. Michele Bredenkamp, 704th Military Intelligence Battalion brigade commander, during a Space Badge presentation ceremony March 10, 2016, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The badge was formerly called the Air Force Space Badge, but Air Force was dropped from the name because the Army and Air Force personnel are now eligible, calling the badge the Space Badge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kristopher Dimond/Released)

U.S. Army Spc. Brian Carter, 743d Military Intelligence Battalion Alpha company, receives a certificate from Col. Michele Bredenkamp, 704th Military Intelligence Battalion brigade commander, during a Space Badge presentation ceremony March 10, 2016, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The badge was formerly called the Air Force Space Badge, but Air Force was dropped from the name because the Army and Air Force personnel are now eligible, calling the badge the Space Badge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kristopher Dimond/Released)

The Space Badge can be awarded to active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers who successfully complete appropriate space-related training and attain the required Army space cadre experience. There are three levels of the Space Badge: basic, senior and master. (Courtesy illustration)

The Space Badge can be awarded to active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers who successfully complete appropriate space-related training and attain the required Army space cadre experience. There are three levels of the Space Badge: basic, senior and master. (Courtesy illustration)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- It was a sunny afternoon on March 10 and a crowd began to gather just outside the Aerospace Data Facility, Colorado. They were all here to see one thing.

The Army Space Badges were going to be presented to a group of Soldiers. This award represented a culmination of over a year's worth of dedicated training and real world work experience in support of space operations.

In 2006, the U.S. Army began awarding the Space Badge to its Soldiers. The Space Badge can be awarded to active duty Army, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers. For active duty Soldiers, the Space Badge is awarded to those individuals who have worked over a year in a Space Enabling Position and have graduated the Space Cadre Level Two course.

For the Soldiers of the 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, this badge not only represents more than a year of hard work but also represents their triumph in the Space Cadre Course itself. Three months prior to the presentation, the Soldiers were mentally pushed to their limits for nearly two weeks. They were tested over various topics such as Orbital Mechanics, history of Rockets and U.S. Space Programs, types of orbits, satellites, and types of propulsion. It was, indeed, rocket science.

Lastly, like airborne wings or the Air Assault Badge, the Space Badge is worn above the right "U.S. Army" tape on the Army Combat Uniform or MultiCam Uniform. Unlike these badges, this badge can only be earned by actually working in a job. These Soldiers will be able to wear these badges throughout their career as a symbol of all they have done and learned.