MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she welcomes a federal review of the decision to move the Space Command headquarters from Colorado to Huntsville.
Ivey said Monday that she believes the review will confirm that Alabama was the right choice.
The Department of Defense’s inspector general announced Friday that it was reviewing the Trump administration’s last-minute decision to relocate U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama.
The U.S. Air Force announced last month that the new U.S. Space Command headquarters will be in Huntsville.
Alabama was selected over five other states, including Colorado, where Space Command is provisionally located.
Read Ivey's statement below:
“Alabama welcomes the Inspector General's review of the decision to name the Redstone Region the preferred location for the permanent headquarters for Space Command, a decision made after a thorough review, and a selection process was conducted. Our state was chosen based on merit, and an independent review of a decision of this magnitude will confirm this. We remain confident that just as the Air Force discovered, Huntsville's Redstone Region will provide our warfighters with the greatest space capability at the best value to the taxpayers.
“Alabama has played an integral role throughout the history of our nation’s defense and civil space programs. Deep Space Exploration is part of our DNA in Alabama, from building the rockets to first take man to the moon, to producing the Atlas V rocket that took the Perseverance Rover to Mars just last week! Alabama is winning on every page when it comes to furthering our nation’s space exploration and defense and we are a natural fit for the permanent headquarters of U.S. Space Command.”
City of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle provided the following statement:
“Huntsville is proud of Redstone’s selection as the nation’s top site for the U.S. Space Command, and we welcome any inquiries into the process. The United States Air Force’s exhaustive two-year site review meticulously analyzed every conceivable factor in its decision to choose the Redstone region on its merits.
Huntsville has a highly successful track record in locating commands here, and any visitor to our city knows the strength and depth of our space work and space legacy. When you factor in the capabilities of the Redstone Federal campus, our many innovative businesses (both large and small), the low cost of doing business, high quality of life, strong education system and skilled workforce, it’s easy to see why Huntsville is the number one choice time and time again.”
I’m proud to sign this resolution commending the @usairforce for selecting Alabama’s @TeamRedstone for the Space Command Headquarters. I thank Sen. Livingston & the Alabama Legislature for their commitment to ensuring @US_SpaceCom comes to @huntsvillecity! #alpolitics pic.twitter.com/mr5pXVnHGr
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) February 22, 2021