Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, which houses several command centers for other agencies, has been chosen to be the location for the permanent headquarters for the United States Space Command.
Space Command, which differs from the military branch of Space Force, will be in charge of running operations pertaining to communications and satellite navigation, per WVTM13. (RELATED: US Enemies Could Have Sabotaged Space Command Parts For Missile Warning Satellites: Pentagon Report)
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement to WVTM13 explaining that she was “pleased to learn that Alabama” was chosen to be “the new home to the United States Space Command.”
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— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) January 13, 2021
“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. This combination only enhances the outstanding relationships we have with the 65 diverse federal agencies on Redstone Arsenal, not to mention the growing presence of the FBI and other federal installations. The bottom line is simple, the Redstone Region is the most natural choice to become home to such an important mission for our country,” Gov. Ivey’s statement continued.
In addition to Gov. Ivey’s statement, Alabama Senator Richard Shelby expressed his excitement that Redstone Arsenal would be the home to the U.S. Space Command.
“Redstone Arsenal will be the new home to U.S. Space Command. This is outstanding news, not only for our state but also for the Air Force. This long-awaited decision by the Air Force is a true testament to all that Alabama has to offer. Huntsville is the right pick for a host of reasons – our skilled workforce, proximity to supporting space entities, cost-effectiveness, and quality of life, among other things. I am thrilled that the Air Force has chosen Redstone and look forward to the vast economic impact this will have on Alabama and the benefits this will bring to the Air Force,” Sen. Shelby stated.
Other states that were considered to host the headquarters for Space Command were; New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, and Florida.