LISTEN: U.S. Space Force adopts 'Semper Supra' as official anthem
The United States Space Force adopted "Sempra Supra" as the official anthem of the military branch in a video released on Sept. 20. Check out the new anthem below and also hear from Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, on how the song came to be.
The United States Space Force has chosen "Sempra Supra" as the official anthem of the military branch in a video released Tuesday.
The anthem was written by a former member of the U.S. Air Force Band, James Teachenor, and arranged by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Musician Sean Nelson.
"It was quite a long work in progress," said Teachenor, in a video accompanying the anthem. "Because I wanted to make sure everything that was in the song would adequately represent all the capabilities that our Space Force is involved with, and make sure I didn't mess up on the mission or the vision of what the Space Force does."
Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, said he wanted the anthem to have "the big musical score" like all of the other service anthems.
"(Nelson) worked just a masterful arrangement to this song and it all comes together into something I hope Guardians all around the world can be proud of," said Raymond, in the video.
The Latin phrase "Sempra Supra" means "always above" and became the official Space Force motto in 2020.
"Sempra Supra" lyrics:
We're the mighty watchful eye,
Guardians beyond the blue,
The invisible front line,
Warfighters brave and true.
Boldly reaching into space,
There's no limit to our sky.
Standing guard both night and day,
We're the Space Force from on high.