11.19.20

Gardner Announces Colorado Springs is a Finalist for U.S. Space Command Headquarters

Co-founder of Senate Space Force Caucus successfully pushed for Colorado’s selection for U.S. Space Command provisional headquarters

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement today that Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs has been selected as a finalist to be the permanent home to U.S. Space Command headquarters. Peterson Air Force Base is the current provisional location for U.S. Space Command headquarters, and Gardner has pushed the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to permanently reestablish U.S. Space Command in Colorado to harness the state’s existing military assets to coordinate space operations for the U.S. military and address emerging threats in space.

“In Colorado we are proud to play a pivotal role in our national defense and military space operations, and I am thrilled that Peterson Air Force Base will receive a site visit for consideration to be home to U.S. Space Command headquarters,” said Senator Gardner. “Colorado’s leadership in space is unmatched – with our existing military space infrastructure, Colorado is the perfect place for the permanent home to U.S. Space Command. Colorado is well prepared to make its final pitch during the upcoming site visits.”

Senator Gardner urged President Trump, Vice President Pence, former Secretary of Defense Esper, Secretary of the Air Force Barrett, and former Commander of U.S. Space Command General Jay Raymond to select Colorado as the permanent headquarters for U.S. Space Command. Gardner serves on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, a key committee with oversight of U.S. space and aerospace policies.

Colorado was the first home of the U.S. Space Command when it was previously established at Peterson Air Force Base in 1985. Today, Colorado continues to possess the trained military personnel and technical expertise necessary to assume the responsibilities of a Unified Combatant Command for space and the space-related responsibilities currently assigned to United States Strategic Command.

Timeline of Gardner’s push to bring Space Command to Colorado:

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.