A new branch of the military is go for lift off at one lucky Apple Valley school. 

AFJROTC instructors Colonel George Armstrong and Master Sergeant Padua, and cadets from the Academy of Academic Excellence have received a historic designation as one of only ten units selected to be in the inaugural cohort of high school Space Force SFJROTC detachments! According to the school's Facebook page, "You know it is a big deal when you receive a memo from a four-star general." The published article can be read in a recent edition of Air Force Magazine.
 
Lisa Lamb, President/CEO of the Lewis Center for Educational Research (Academy of Academic Excellence) told HDdailynews.com that "we simply cannot contain our excitement about the opportunity to be one of only ten units selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of Space Force JROTC units! This honor is absolutely a credit to the tireless efforts of our exceptional instructors, Col. Armstrong and MSgt. Padua, and to our cadets who never cease to amaze us. Transitioning to Space Force will open so many doors for our students and we cannot wait to see what the future holds."
 
Col. Armstrong was able to provide insight into the evolution of military-influenced programs in schools moving forward, saying  “I think this in another evolution of JROTC at a charter school. Similar to our start as an Air Force unit in 2006, we excelled at that opportunity which has earned us another opportunity to excel as one of the first ever—and the first ever charter school—Space Force JROTC units.”
 
According to the magazine article, Apple Valley will be the only school in the state that has the Space Force program for students. The official launch date is expected during the news school year in the Fall of 2021.