February 13, 2020

With the advent of the U.S. Space Force comes the trouble of naming its ranks.

"The Air Force refers to its members as 'Airmen,'" and the Army has "soldiers," the Space Force points out in a Thursday press release. But the newest branch of the military doesn't know what to call its space folks — we can presume "space folks" is an automatic rejection — and is seeking suggestions to give them a name.

"Given the significance a name has to the identity and culture of an organization, the Space Force is taking a deliberate approach" to this endeavor, the release says. So to "appropriately convey the nature" of this Armed Forces branch, it's asking current Air Force CAC card holders to come up with "gender-neutral, distinctive," and copyright-free names themselves. Suggestions can be submitted on an official U.S. website, and Space Force officials promise to ask the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps space communities for their ideas as well.

The Space Force's logo also seemed to be left up to crowdsourcing when President Trump asked his campaign supporters to choose an adorable insignia in August 2018. But in the end, the military took a more bureaucratic — and suspiciously familiar — approach. Kathryn Krawczyk

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.