Other finalists include Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, Port San Antonio in Texas and Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, according to the Air Force. A decision is expected early next year.
Florida’s two U.S. senators--Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--and all 27 members of its delegation in the U.S. House sent a letter to U.S. Air Force Ast. Sec. John Henderson on behalf of the eight letters of nomination to make Florida the future home of the United States Space Command (SPACECOM) submitted by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
This week, the Florida delegation urged U.S. Defense Sec. Mark Esper to select Florida as the permanent location for the headquarters of the United States Space Command (USSPACECOM).
With the new U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) not considering locating its headquarters in the Sunshine State, the entire Florida congressional delegation signed a letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on the matter.
Rubio pointe to “the extensive history the state has as the U.S. gateway to the stars" and insited USSPACECOM is “essential to U.S. national security and to deter adversary attacks."