Florida could be back in the running to host the headquarters of U.S. Space Command after the Air Force announced last week a decision to re-open the selection process. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett told the House Armed Services Committee last Wednesday of the decision to open applications, seeming to invalidate a shortlist released last year delineating the six locations — four in Colorado, one in California and one in Alabama — that were finalists to host the headquarters of the nation's 11th combatant command.
“We have the workforce, we have the infrastructure, we have the history of space launches and space exploration,” said Rep. Michael Waltz, R-St. Augustine, who has led much of the push in Congress. “Florida will be at the tip of the spear of the 21st century space race and I couldn’t be more excited to make our case.”
GREAT news for Florida: The competition for housing the Space Command is still on!— Rep. Michael Waltz (@RepMichaelWaltz) March 5, 2020
Space is in Florida's DNA and I can't wait to make our case to be the new home of the @SpaceForceDoD! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/vV3muhNQLi
Florida could be back in the running to host Space Command headquarters https://t.co/mbQe7VhgQK— DeepClips (@DeepClips) March 16, 2020
Though Vandenberg officials were mum on the specifics Thursday, the Air Force has confirmed at least two other bases in Florida will transition to Space Force-related names. https://t.co/lI14oInqMw— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) March 10, 2020