This fall, Klein High School's Air Force Junior ROTC will become the first Space Force Junior ROTC in Texas following selection by the U.S. Air Force, Klein ISD officials announced in a news release April 13.

According to the release, units chosen for the Space Force JROTC conversion needed to be in good standing, close to space facilities and be top performers. Klein High School's Air Force JROTC is one of 10 units in the U.S. to be selected for conversion to the newest branch of the armed services, the U.S. Space Force.

"It is definitely an honor to be chosen to be one of 10 inaugural Space Force JROTC units," said Lt. Colonel Timothy Lambert, senior aerospace science instructor, in a statement. "This shows that our cadets have represented the Air Force in such an outstanding manner that they entrust them to represent the new Space Force in the same way."

In celebration of this accomplishment, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting will be held this fall.

"We see this as an opportunity to get our students more exposure, and also to enhance or establish more formal relationships with space-related agencies, such as the Johnson Space Center," Lambert said.