HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Redstone Arsenal is one of six candidates to become the permanent headquarters of U.S. Space Command, Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday.
Ivey made the announcement Thursday afternoon on Twitter.
The command is currently set up and running out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, which is also a finalist. The other finalists are Joint Base San Antonio in Texas, Offut Air Force Base in Nebraska, Patrick Air Force Base in Florida and Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.
President Trump established the U.S. Space Command in December 2018 with a memo to the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
The command revised its search for a permanent home earlier this year. Redstone Arsenal was also on that previous short list of potential sites.
“The synergy of a lot of what they’re going to be doing and what we have here in our history, there’s a really good fit,” says Huntsville-Madison County Chamber President and CEO Chip Cherry. “There’s a reason we made this list twice.”
Chamber Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Mike Ward says Huntsville has everything space command is looking for.
“If you get into the evaluation of the attributes of Redstone Arsenal and what we bring to the table, we’re a leader in each of those categories,” said Ward. “I think we win based on capacity, capabilities, cost, community support. I’m not going to handicap the others. I just think we’re going to win.”
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle released a statement shortly after today’s announcement. It reads:
“The Redstone region provides an unparalleled workforce for the U.S. Space Command with capabilities that include missile defense, aerospace, and intelligence. We have the infrastructure capacity, community support, low cost of doing business and high-quality expertise to serve as the headquarters for USSPACECOM. When you analyze all the variables, Huntsville is the clear choice for this vitally important unified combatant command.”Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle
The news release from Battle said the Air Force anticipates making a public announcement on its decision early in 2021.
“Everything that Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal can bring to why to put a space command here… they speak for themselves. It’s a very very strong hand we are playing here but its up the the site selection authorities to evaluate,” says Huntsville Madison County Chamber Chair Kevin Byrnes.