Brevard Makes Air Force Short List To Host Space Command Headquarters
Patrick is the only Florida base to make the final cut. MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa was nominated earlier this year.
Brevard County is one of six locations under consideration to host the Air Force’s Space Command.
Patrick Air Force Base is the only Florida-based location up for consideration as a new home base for an Air Force combatant command group. Bases in Colorado, New Mexico, Alabama, Texas and Nebraska are also in the running.
“I’m thrilled Patrick Air Force Base has made the final cut to become the headquarters for our U.S. Space Command,” said Republican Congressman Mike Waltz. “For decades, Florida has been home to American space launch and at the forefront of space innovation and exploration. Without a doubt, there is no better place for our new Space Command headquarters than Florida’s Space Coast.”
Florida nominated 8 locations in total earlier this year — including MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Space Command could bring an estimated 1,400 new military and civilian jobs to the area, along with government contracting opportunities.
“The national security threats in space demand a bold long-term solution and Florida is excited to have opportunity to compete,” said Space Florida’s Dale Ketcham.
There are 11 total combatant command groups, which house personnel from all military branches. Florida is already home to three — two in Tampa and one in Doral.
The Air Force will now conduct virtual and in-person visits of the six sites. The Air Force says it will make a final decision on the location early next year.
Space Command is separate from the newly established Space Force, which has its headquarters in the Pentagon.
Copyright 2020 WMFE. To see more, visit WMFE.org.