Redstone Arsenal picked for U.S. Space Force headquarters

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Redstone Arsenal has been selected as the preferred location of U.S. Space Command’s headquarters.

In a release, the Air Force said the Huntsville, Alabama Army base was the ideal location for the headquarters.

Huntsville provides “a large qualified workforce, quality schools, superior infrastructure capability, and low initial recurring costs,” the release states.

The base already has a facility to support Space Force headquarters while a permanent facility is being built, the release states. Around 1,400 service members and civilians are expected to be assigned to the headquarters when it is complete.

U.S. Space Command will remain headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado while an environmental review is completed of the Redstone Arsenal location and new construction. That could take up to six years, according to the Air Force.

In addition to Peterson Air Force Base, also under consideration as the location of Space Force Headquarters were Patrick Air Force Base, Florida; Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico; and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

“The Department of the Air Force anticipates making a final decision for the location of U.S. Space Command headquarters in spring of 2023, pending environmental impact analysis.

U.S. Space Force was established as an independent branch of the American military in December of 2019.

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