Redstone Arsenal Selected as Preferred Location to Host U.S. Space Command Headquarters

The Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF), on behalf of the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), selected Redstone Arsenal (RSA) in Huntsville, Alabama as the preferred location for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters.

The six candidate locations initially selected were Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Patrick AFB, Florida; Peterson AFB, Colorado; Port San Antonio, Texas; and Redstone Army Airfield, Alabama.

The U.S. Department of the Air Force (DAF) conducted both virtual and on-site visits to assess which of these locations would be best suited to host the USSPACECOM Headquarters based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support and costs to the Department of Defense.

Huntsville compared favorably across more of the selection factors than any other community, providing a large, qualified workforce, quality schools, superior infrastructure capacity, and low initial and recurring costs. Additionally, Redstone Arsenal offered a facility to support the headquarters, at no cost, while the permanent facility is being constructed.

Albuquerque, New Mexico; Bellevue, Nebraska; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and San Antonio, Texas, will remain reasonable alternative locations for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters.

The preferred and reasonable alternative locations were chosen from amongst 24 states that were evaluated as potential locations for hosting the headquarters.

The Department of the Air Force anticipates making a final decision for the location of U.S. Space Command Headquarters in spring 2023, pending the results from the required environmental impact analysis. Colorado Springs, Colorado, remains the provisional headquarters until the permanent location is ready to support the mission.

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