(CNN) – The US Space Force released its official song, titled “Semper Supra,” on Tuesday.
The song was first unveiled during Chief of Space Operations General John “Jay” Raymond’s speech at the 2022 Air & Space Forces Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Maryland on Tuesday.
The Space Force is the newest military branch, created in 2019. The song was written and composed by two former service members, James Teachenor, a former member of the Air Force Academy Air Force Band, and Sean Nelson, a U.S. Coast Guard Band trombonist and staff arranger, according to a press release from the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Office.
“The song was a long work in progress because I wanted it to encompass all of the capabilities Space Force has to offer and its vision,” Teachenor said in the statement.
After figuring out the lyrics and melody for the song, Teachenor’s project was sent to “various military groups,” according to the statement. Teacheror then collaborated with Nelson to complete the song.
“I familiarized myself with the songs from the other branches, but I wanted this one to have its own modern twist to reflect what Space Force is – modern, new and very advanced,” Nelson said.
The song is named after the US Space Force motto, “Semper Supra,” which is Latin for “Always Above,” according to the statement.
“This is a unique opportunity to create a Space Force song that will be part of our culture and heritage for years to come,” Raymond said in the release. “Our traditions are part of the fabric that weaves us all together as we carry out our missions side by side.”
Each military branch has its own song. The songs of each military branch are “part of the services foundation and represent its values, traditions and culture,” the statement said.
The US Army song is “The Army Goes Rolling Along”, adopted in 1952. The US Marines song, “The Marines’ Hymn”, was first adopted in 1929 and updated in 1942.
The lyrics to the official US Space Force song are:
We are the mighty watchful eye,
Guardians beyond the blue,
The invisible front line,
Brave and faithful fighters.
Boldly reaching into space,
There is no limit to our sky.
Standing guard day and night,
We are the Space Force above.