The new permanent headquarters of U.S. Space Command, responsible for America’s military space forces, will be located at Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal, Alabama lawmakers revealed Wednesday.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to learn that Alabama will be the new home to the United States Space Command!” Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said in a statement on Twitter.
Ivey said that an Air Force official, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Installations Bob Moriarity, called her earlier on Wednesday to notify her of the decision.
“Our state has long provided exceptional support for our military and their families as well as a rich and storied history when it comes to space exploration. This combination only enhances the outstanding relationships we have with the 65 diverse federal agencies on Redstone Arsenal, not to mention the growing presence of the FBI and other federal installations,” Ivey added.
Established in December 2019, U.S. Space Command is the military’s 11th unified combatant command. It is separate from the U.S. Space Force, which is responsible for organizing, training and equipping space forces. Space Command, meanwhile, employs forces from each of the military services to carry out directed missions in the space domain, according to the Pentagon.
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