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    Service Was a Second Chance for the Space Force’s Enlisted Leader. He Tried to Give Others the Same Shot.

    Service Was a Second Chance for the Space Force's Enlisted Leader. He Tried to Give Others the Same Shot.

    Roger Towberman vividly remembers selling his 1976 Pontiac Catalina. The one he'd curl up in for a couple of hours of sleep each night as he panhandled and chased the dreams of a musician decades earlier. The one he'd traded to a gas station attendant for a hot dinner, shower tokens and a duffel bag to haul his belongings after it exhaled its last breaths and he had to hitchhike home.

    Engrossed in the memory, the 55-year-old chief master sergeant of the United States Space nearly misses his exit off I-95 in as he tells the story. He's recalling that low point from the plush seats of a decked-out Mercedes Sprinter van that can sometimes cost up to six figures, made for comfortable overlanding and camping, complete with amenities such as a bed for two, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen.

    Towberman was in the final weeks of his career, a period that culminated in his being the second-ever Space Force Guardian as he was tasked with crafting the rank-and-file culture, enlisted policy and public perception of the Space Force, the first service branch to be created since the birth of the Air Force in 1947.

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    During his 33-year career, Towberman was stationed everywhere from Hawaii to the United Kingdom until he was selected to lead the newly created Space Force as its senior enlisted leader in 2019.

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