Brevard Makes the Cut, Among Final Locations Under Consideration for U.S. Space Command Headquarters
By Space Coast Daily // November 20, 2020
Peterson AFB will remain provisional location for U.S. Space Command Headquarters
BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA – The Department of the Air Force, on behalf of the Office of Secretary of Defense, has announced that Patrick Air Force Base has made the cut and is among six candidate locations for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters.
The other locations under consideration include Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Port San Antonio, Texas; and Redstone Army Airfield, Alabama.
“I’m proud of our delegation’s efforts working together to make the case for Space Command Headquarters to locate in Brevard County,” said Congressman Bill Posey.
“I’m pleased to see that we have advanced to the next round in the selection process. Brevard’s strategic location and quality of life make it the ideal place for this important national mission to be centered. There’s still more work to do but I’m confident Brevard County has what it takes to make Space Force a success.”
Self-nominated communities from across 24 states were evaluated as potential locations for hosting the headquarters.
The Department of the Air Force evaluated each location and will now conduct both virtual and on-site visits at each candidate location to assess which location is best suited to host the U.S. Space Command Headquarters.
This assessment will be based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support, and costs to the Department of Defense.
The Department of the Air Force anticipates selecting the preferred location for U.S. Space Command Headquarters in early 2021.
In the interim, Peterson AFB will remain the provisional location for U.S. Space Command Headquarters until a permanent location is selected and facilities are ready to support the mission.
“Florida’s Space Coast is the 21st-Century answer for what will give our nation and warfighters the edge on this 21st-Century battlefield,” said EDC President and CEO, Lynda L. Weatherman.
“Our unmatched quantity and quality of defense, civil and commercial space assets and expertise offer U.S. Space Command the agility, innovation and boldness needed to project spacepower.”
During the next phase, the U.S. Air Force will conduct both virtual and in-person visits with candidate locations in anticipation of a decision in early 2021.
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