Alabama will be home to the United States Space Command headquarters, and Gov. Kay Ivey said she “couldn’t be more pleased” that the headquarters will be at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.
“Our state has long provided exceptional support for our military and their families as well as a rich a storied history when it comes to space exploration,” Ivey said. “The 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. The bottom line is simple; the Redstone Region is the most natural choice to become home to such an important mission for our country.”
In November, Air Force officials announced six finalists to become the permanent headquarters of the Space Command. In addition to Huntsville, locations included New Mexico, Nebraska, Florida, Colorado and Texas.
The headquarters is expected to bring about 1,400 military and civilian jobs to the area.
The Space Command was established in August 2019 to oversee the U.S. military’s space-based operations. Since then, it has been temporarily housed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
The Air Force has previously said it estimated building the facilities for the command’s permanent headquarters could take six years once the location is chosen.