U.S. Space Command has whittled its list down to six finalist locations for a permanent headquarters to house outer space operations for the U.S. military, the U.S. Air Force said Thursday.
Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, Redstone Army Airfield in Alabama, Port San Antonio in Texas, Patrick Air Force Base in Florida and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska were named as the finalists, chosen from more than 60 cities in 26 states.
U.S. Space Command is being temporarily housed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, a site that has also housed Air Force Space Command since 1982, and where many are pushing for the headquarters to remain.
“Keep U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs and let us get on with building a stronger U.S. Space Command by not diverting resources to move the command for no good reason,” said Dave Deptula, a former Air Force lieutenant general who currently serves as dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies at the Air Force Academy.
In December of 2019, the U.S. Space Force was created to support the existing U.S. Space Command, a unified combatant command responsible for space activities across the branches of the military. U.S. Space Command was relaunched on Aug. 29, 2019 after a nearly 17-year hiatus, and just months before the Space Force launched in December as part of a $738 billion defense spending bill, making it the first new military branch since the Air Force in 1947. Trump and others have lauded the addition as being a proactive move for the U.S. military as space becomes increasingly accessible. The first commissioned personnel were added to the Space Force in April, after graduating from the Air Force Academy. Its first seven recruits were inducted in October, according to the Air Force Times.
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