US Space Force Command Headquarters heading to Huntsville, Alabama
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Despite a major push from state and local officials, Brevard County was not selected to be the recipient of the new headquarters for the U.S. Space Force Command Headquarters.
The new military branch’s command headquarters will be located in Huntsville, Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal region.
Brevard County was thought to be the logical destination for the new headquarters at Patrick Air Force Base, despite battling it out with other contenders from New Mexico, Nebraska, Colorado and Texas.
In the end, Brevard County still remains the pinnacle site for rocket launches and crucial site for the new development of the private space industry.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to learn that Alabama will be the new home to the United States Space Command!” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey told the Alabama Political Reporter, which first broke the news, in a statement.
“Our state has long provided exceptional support for our military and their families as well as a rich and storied history when it comes to space exploration.”
In the months leading up to the decision, Florida officials were very vocal and public in their support for Brevard County.
In fact, 21 Members of Congress from Florida’s Congressional Delegation led by Reps. Bill Posey, Michael Waltz, Stephanie Murphy and Charlie Crist have joined in support of Florida’s efforts to locate U.S. Space Command’s Headquarters in the state of Florida.
“Patrick Air Force Base and its associated Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has earned a global reputation as the world’s premier gateway to space for government and commercial customers,” members of the delegation wrote in a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Air Force.
“It is also home to the 45th Space Wing, which delivers assured access to space for warfighters.”
“I’m proud of our delegation’s efforts working together to make the case for Space Command Headquarters to locate in Brevard County, Florida,” said Rep. Bill Posey whose Eighth Congressional District includes Cape Canaveral.
“Brevard’s strategic location and quality of life make it the ideal place for this important national mission to be centered.”
“Floridians have a special connection to space, being home to decades of launches and so many chapters in America’s space history. Our state is continuing to lead the way in a new era of space exploration and innovation. Florida’s is the perfect location for U.S. Space Command – and I’m very proud to make the strong case to bring SPACECOM to the Space Coast,” said Rep. Michael Waltz.
“I’m proud to co-lead this bipartisan effort by Florida’s congressional delegation to support Brevard County’s bid,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy.
“Our state is already home to Southern Command, Central Command, and Special Operations Command. Given its longstanding leadership role when it comes to America’s efforts in space, Florida would be a natural home for Space Command.”
“Space exploration is synonymous with Florida and the Space Coast. With our state’s significant defense infrastructure, robust aerospace industrial base, and supportive communities, there’s no better place for Space Command Headquarters than right here in Florida,” said Rep. Charlie Crist.
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