Gardner Applauds Launch of United States Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base

Gardner repeatedly pushed for U.S. Space Command to be located in Colorado

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that United States Space Command will be temporarily established at Peterson Air Force Base, with Commander John “Jay” Raymond presiding at the ceremony today to formally recognize the command’s new unit in Colorado Springs. Senator 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.



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“Colorado is 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 in Colorado,” said Senator Gardner. “Whether it’s the work done out of Schriever Air Force Base, the National Space Defense Center, the work taking place at United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, all of these mission elements, together, make Colorado the perfect place to be the home of 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:




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