U.S. Space Forces Chief General John Raymond takes the stage to deliver a speech at a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the U.S. Space Forces at the Eisenhower Executive Office building of the White House Complex on Friday, December 18, 2020 in Washington . (AP / Andrew Harnick)
Montgomery, Ala – The US Air Force is expected to announce Huntsville, Alabama, as the location of the US Space Command, according to the Alabama Governor.
Governor Kai Ivey said Huntsville’s Redstone District will be home to the headquarters of the newest U.S. military division. The governor said she was informed of the decision on Wednesday morning. An official announcement was made this afternoon, Wednesday.
“Our country has long been extremely supportive of our military and their families and has made a rich, written history in relation to space exploration,” Ivey said in a statement.
The title Huntsville, Rocket City is due to Werner von Braun and his team of German-born rock friends who settled there in the 1950s. The city has long been home to the Redstone Arsenal Army and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
“The bottom line is simple: Redstone is the most natural option to fulfill such an important mission for our country,” said Ivy.
Effie’s office said the Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Destruction of Bob Moriaretti had called Ivy to inform her of Secretary Barbara Barrett’s decision regarding the location of headquarters.
Other locations considered include Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Offot Air Force Base, Nebraska, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, and Port San Antonio, Texas.