A ceremony will take place at the White House to establish the re-created Space Command.
Originally, the Pentagon was supposed to announce the location of the new Space Command Headquarters, but according to Gazette.com, that announcement has been delayed.
The paper sites a shakeup in management at the Pentagon along with another state throwing its name in the hat at the last minute as the reasons for the delay. Flordia wants to be considered as the new home for the Space Command Headquarters.
If Florida is considered, it will be added to the list of six other cities being considered. Huntsville is on that list. Sen. Doug Jones said choosing the Rocket City to be the home of Space Command is a "no brainer" and that Huntsville is already equipped with the right tools to support the command here.
Space Command was disbanded in 2002 but was recently brought back as a part of the Air Force. Right now lawmakers are working to create space force which would be the sixth branch of the military. It would defend the United States interests and technology in space.
Senator jones said congressional funding is still needed but they're expected to vote on space force soon.
Also, we know Redstone Arsenal Lt. Gen. James Dickinson is nominated for deputy commander of the Space Command.
Jones said even if Huntsville isn't selected for Space Command headquarters it's still possible the Rocket City could be involved in Space Command or Space Force no matter where they're located.
Below is a statement from Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle:
“We are optimistic about America’s commitment to investing in space technology as a national security and defense priority. Today’s announcement begins the process of putting that commitment into action.
“We maintain that Huntsville is the best place for the permanent home of the new U.S. Space Command. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. Along with U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development organizations, the Missile Defense Agency and NASA, we have an entire space defense infrastructure that is unmatched anywhere else in the world.
“Blue Origin, ULA and Aerojet Rocketdyne are producing rockets in the Rocket City to ensure America has unfettered access in space. With the intelligence, space, defense and production capabilities already here, it will be far more cost-effective and efficient for Redstone to lead the U.S. Space Command. It is the smart choice. It is the right choice.
“We look forward to working with our leaders in Washington, D.C., to make sure America’s commitment to investing in space uses taxpayer dollars wisely.”