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Married into the space domain

Guardians pose for a photo

U.S. Space Force Sgt’s. Frank and Jamie Franco pose for a photo following a transfer ceremony at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 5, 2021. The Franco’s volunteered to switch services and are some of the 5,000 initial Airmen selected to help set the foundation for the Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Betty R. Chevalier)

an airmen recites the oath of enlistment

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jamie Franco, 607th Air Operations Center network defense analyst, recites the oath of enlistment during a change of service ceremony at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 1, 2021. Jamie and her husband, Frank, both made the jump from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Betty R. Chevalier)

an airmen switches services

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank Franco, 7th Air Force theater communications controller, switches out U.S. Space Force Sgt. Jamie Franco, 607th Air Operations Center network defense analyst, nametapes during a change of service ceremony at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 1, 2021. The Franco’s are the first married couple on Osan to switch to the newest service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Betty R. Chevalier)

An airmen performs the oath of enlistment

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank Franco, 7th Air Force theater communications controller, recites the oath of enlistment during a change of service ceremony at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 5, 2021. Frank and his wife, Jamie, both made the jump from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Betty R. Chevalier)

A guardian signs an paper

U.S. Space Force Sgt. Jamie Franco, 607th Air Operations Center network defense analyst, signs enlistment documents during a change of service ceremony at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 1, 2021. Franco and her husband made the switch from the U.S. Air Force to be some of the first members in the Department of Defense’s newst branch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Betty R. Chevalier)

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea --

Two Osan Airmen made the jump to become Guardians this week and will start a new chapter of their lives, but with more personal titles for each other: husband and wife.

Sergeants Jamie and Frank Franco’s career field, cyber systems operations, was eligible to transfer to the U.S. Space Force when the call for volunteers went out to Airmen in early 2020.

“It all started back in April when Jamie and I found out about the ability for our career field to be transfer to the Space Force.” Frank said. “For about 2 weeks, she would bring it up all the time how cool it would be to make history and be some of the first people into a new branch. Eventually the idea grew on me and realized I couldn’t let her go at it alone so we both volunteered.”

The U.S. Air Force and Space Force have selected approximately 5,000 members to make the service transfer, which entails officially enlisting in the Space Force. Jamie, who had a pending promotion, pinned on the rank of staff sergeant on Feb. 1, before taking the oath to enter the Space Force. Frank followed suit enlisting on Feb. 5.

“It feels a bit unreal,” Jamie said about the transfer. “I feel like the time that’s passed since the branch stood up has flown by. I’m sure that’s how Gen. Raymond (U.S. Space Force, chief of space ops), Chief Towberman (U.S. Space Force, senior enlisted advisor) and all that have been leading this feel the same way. I wish I could talk to someone who transferred from the Army Air Corps to the Air Force, because I’d love to know what was going through their mind at the time and what they wish they would have done.”

While the color of the Franco’s name tapes will change from spice brown to navy, they will still be accomplishing the same duties focused on cyber and communications, supporting the joint warfighter at their next assignment.

Transitioning into the U.S. Space Force can be exciting, albeit overwhelming, as many life changing decisions are. As these Guardians are making history building the foundation to the Department of Defense’s newest branch, this process is made easier when an Airman does it with the support of their spouse.

“Transferring to the Space Force with Jamie means everything to me,” Frank said. “Without her I most likely would not have taken this opportunity. I’m not sure what’s going to happen in the next few years of our Space Force career, but I’m very fortunate I get to start this journey with my best friend.”