Peterson AFB will be home to Space Command for at least 6 years

Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs will be home to U.S. Space Command for at least the next 6 years, it was announced today.

Governor Jared Polis welcomed the announcement on the provisional headquarters. The final decision will come in January 2021.

State Rep. Tony Exum (D-Colorado Springs) celebrated the announcement, saying the city “has always attracted talented men and women from around the country looking to serve their country.

“It just makes sense that the fine servicemen and women in the U.S. Space Command will call the Springs home too,” the Southeast Colorado Springs lawmaker said. “I welcome this news and look forward to doing what I can to make sure that Peterson Air Force Base becomes the permanent home of this next-generation program.”

Polis said in a news release that he would "continue urging the President and the Air Force to make Colorado the permanent home of U.S. Space Command.

“Colorado is home to a proud military community, a critical aerospace industry, an educated workforce, and prestigious research institutions so we are the natural and best home for U.S. Space Command," the governor said.

Polis met with President Trump this week to push for federal funding and resources to help Colorado respond to COVID-19. He previously met with Trump in late February to advocate for Colorado as home to Space Command.

Mayor John Suthers said there’s “no question Colorado Springs is the most appropriate location for Space Command.

“This is a city with a long and proud military history, an incredible amount of infrastructure and a wealth of experience and talent in regard to the military in space,” he said in a statement this afternoon. “We anxiously await the designation as the permanent home of U.S. Space Command.”

That sentiment was echoed by State Rep Mark Snyder (D-Manitou Springs).

“Colorado has the industry, the talent, and the dedication to service that is required to host the U.S. Space Command,” he said in a news release. “I hope and expect that the Space Command will set down roots in Colorado and continue its operations from our state for years to come.”

Managing Editor, Colorado Springs Business Journal

Helen Robinson is a graduate of The University of Queensland, Australia. She worked in print media in Australia, Canada and the United States before joining the Colorado Springs Business Journal in 2016.