Officials may be viewing the New Mexico Space Command site

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Air Force officials have visited Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque to evaluate the site as a potential location for U.S. Space Command.

Strategic grassroots officers on Thursday’s tour mainly focused on infrastructure at the base for Space Command, the newest of 11 unitary commands from the US Department of Defense, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Kirtland is one of six locations considered. Others include Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Redstone Army Airfield, Alabama, Port San Antonio, Texas, and the current temporary headquarters of Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

“This is the end of a long process,” said Sherman McCorkle, founder of the Kirtland Partnership Committee, of the site visit. The committee supports efforts to promote the website.

Eva Blaylock, a base spokeswoman, said the highly skilled scientists at Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory, in addition to Kirtland’s military infrastructure, could help the city bid for the headquarters.

If Kirtland is elected, it is expected to bring more than 1,000 jobs to Albuquerque, officials said. The space command is the place where all branches of the military coordinate operations in, from, or through space.

Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson said the department is expected to announce its “preferred” location later this month.

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