Florida House Passes Sirois’ Memorial To Make Florida Home To U.S. Space Force
By Space Coast Daily // April 18, 2019
Sirois invited President Trump to visit Florida’s Space Coast to review the spaceport infrastructure
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – House Memorial 1281 by Representative Tyler Sirois (R- Cocoa), which requests Congress to approve the creation of the United States Space Force and establishment of its headquarters on the Space Coast, was passed unanimously Wednesday by the Florida House of Representatives.
The memorial follows a recent White House proposal by President Donald Trump, and Governor Ron DeSantis’ call for the Space Force to be headquartered in Florida.
To determine the location, the U.S. Department of Defense is conducting a study on the merits of each proposed location.
On Tuesday, Sirois reached out to officials at the Pentagon for further information on the study.
During his remarks on the House floor, Sirois invited President Trump to visit Florida’s Space Coast to review the spaceport infrastructure and to meet with the area’s workforce.
“Florida is the ideal choice to serve as headquarters for this new branch of our nation’s armed forces,” said Sirois in a letter to President Donald Trump.
“Within Brevard County, on Florida’s Space Coast, we have the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Naval Ordinance Testing Unit at Port Canaveral, and Patrick Air Force Base—home of the 45th Space Wing. We have a robust and growing commercial aerospace sector that promotes a culture of innovation and agility. We have a civilian workforce highly skilled in avionics, advanced manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, and training.”
In February, the president signed Space Policy Directive-4, which sets the framework for the establishment of a sixth branch of the Armed Forces through the development of a legislative proposal to be considered by the United States Congress.
“As Florida finds itself competing with other states for the many workforce and economic benefits that accompany a new military installation, I believe Florida is the ideal choice for the headquarters of this new military command,” said Sirois in remarks on the House floor.
“I think Floridians, more than any other state, recognize the space program as an enduring symbol of American leadership—or as Michael Mitchell, a Space Shuttle Engineer put it: a personification of “what a great people can do.”
Upon approval by the Florida Legislature, copies of the memorial will be delivered to Members of Congress and President Trump.
If approved, the Space Force would be a part of the United States Air Force. Its Space Command headquarters would become Florida’s fourth military command, joining U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, both in Tampa, and U.S. Southern Command in Doral.
Once established, the U.S. Space Force is intended to become the lead military service for space operations, responsible for space doctrine, organization, training, matériel, leadership and education, personnel, facilities and policy.
Sirois was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018 and represents House District 51, which includes part of Brevard County.
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