05.15.20

Gardner Applauds Colorado’s Selection as Provisional Headquarters of U.S. Space Command

Peterson Air Force Base will be home to U.S. Space Command for at least next six years

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement today that Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs was selected as the provisional location for U.S. Space Command for at least the next six years. Gardner has pushed the Department of Defense (DOD) to 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.

“Today I am thrilled that Colorado was officially selected to be the provisional home of U.S. Space Command, operating out of Peterson Air Force Base for at least the next six years. In Colorado we are proud to play a pivotal role in our national defense and military space operations, which is why I pushed the Department of Defense to reestablish the U.S. Space Command here in our state,” said Senator Gardner. “Today’s announcement is historic for Colorado and the future of U.S. military operations in space. With our existing military space infrastructure – whether at Peterson Air Force Base, Buckley Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the National Space Defense Center, U.S. Northern Command, or North American Aerospace Defense Command – Colorado is the perfect place for and now home to U.S. Space Command.”

Senator Gardner urged President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary of Defense Esper, Secretary of the Air Force Wilson, and 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.