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Edwards AFB to conduct Space Force Transfer Ceremony

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  • 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

DATE: 04 February 2021

RELEASE No. 21-08 


Edwards Air Force Base Public Affairs

661-277-3510 or (661) 494-2204


Twitter: @edwardsafb



EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California — The 412th Test Wing will livestream a ceremony for almost 30 Airmen to transfer as Guardians into the Space Force at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Feb. 11.

The ceremony will feature Airmen assigned to the 412th TW as well as those assigned to different mission partners stationed at Edwards AFB. The ceremony will take place in front of the historic Hangar 4305 where the first U.S. jet aircraft, the Bell P-59 Airacomet, was assembled and housed during developmental flight tests.

The listed personnel below could be made available for interview opportunities:

  1. 1st Lt. Luke Babich, Dix Hills, N.Y.
  2. 2nd Lt. Joshua Bonvissuto, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  3. 1st Lt. Craig Carlson, Boulder, Colo.
  4. Tech. Sgt. Frank Diolosa, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  5. 2nd Lt. Qazi Faraz, Houston, Texas
  6. Capt. Jonathan Geerts, Berwyn, Penn.
  7. Capt. Kyle Hathaway, Portland, Ore.
  8. Capt. Jacob LaSarge, Byron Center, Mich.
  9. 1st Lt. Kevin Lasquette, San Diego, Calif.
  10. Master Sgt. Sheldon Newton, Watha N.C.
  11. Maj. Jonathan Poole, Niles, Mich.
  12. Airman Rashon Pradier, Lewisville, Texas
  13. Capt. Karson Roberts, Houston, Texas
  14. 2nd Lt. Trevor Siniscalchi, San Diego, Calif.
  15. Maj. Kristin Ventura

Edwards AFB, also referred to as the Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe, has been historically linked to the Nation’s aerospace and space efforts.

Edwards AFB’s historic highlights feature the breaking of the Sound Barrier by Gen. Chuck Yeager in 1947, the “X” planes of the 50s and 60s which eventually led to NASA’s Gemini and Apollo missions in the 60s and 70s. Legendary aviators and astronauts also saw flight time at Edwards including the Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon and also Test Pilot School graduate.

The Space Force is tasked with protecting U.S. and coalition forces interests in space and to deter aggression in, from and to space as well as to conduct space operations.

In May 2020, active-duty Air Force personnel in specified “Organic Space” career fields were able to officially apply to transfer to the Space Force. The 13S (space operations) and 1C6 (space systems operations) Air Force Specialty Codes were identified as Organic Space career fields. Airmen in AFSCs common to the Air Force and Space Force such as cyber, acquisitions, engineers and intelligence may also apply to transfer.

To schedule interview opportunities, please RSVP by 3 p.m. (PST) Monday, Feb. 8. RSVP to 412th Test Wing Public Affairs Office.

To view the livestream, visit the, noon, Feb. 11.