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Air Force Lists Six Potential Bases for US Space Command

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A U.S. Air Force memorandum named four Colorado bases and two Alabama and California locations as the potential candidates for the U.S. Space Command’s new headquarters, CNN reported Saturday. 

According to the memo obtained by CNN, the recently established combatant command may be housed at Buckley Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain AFB, Peterson AFB or Schriever AFB in Colorado. Other potential locations include Vanderberg AFB in California and the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. 

The Air Force memo noted that the Space Command may consist of 1,450 personnel, 390 of which will be military officers. The projected manpower may also include 827 civilians, 183 enlisted personnel and 50 contractors. Around 350 of the Space Command personnel may come from the Joint Force Space Component Command, which operates under the U.S. Strategic Command.

Last month, President Trump nominated Gen. John Raymond, commander of the Air Force Space Command, to head the new combatant command. An Air Force spokesperson noted that the list of potential headquarters is still subject to Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Heather Wilson’s approval.

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