Congressman Lamborn on the Future of U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs
Washington D.C. - On Tuesday, May 14, the Air Force officially released its six candidates for the newly-reconstituted U.S. Space Command as a functional Unified Combatant Command. The six official bases, selected through the Air Force strategic basing process, are: Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, Buckley Air Force Base, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Redstone Arsenal.
In response to the announcement, Congressman Doug Lamborn issued the following statement:
"I am glad to see that the Air Force has completed the next step in officially selecting the location of U.S. Space Command. As many have noticed, four of the six potential locations are in Colorado, and three of them are in Colorado Springs. Recognizing the strategic importance of Space Command to our community and to our nation, I have been working with the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense since last year to ensure the command is stood up in Colorado Springs. This announcement matches the information I received in a briefing this year. I am hopeful that a Colorado Springs location will be chosen. Establishing Space Command in the Pikes Peak region is the most logical choice, based on virtually every metric the Air Force employs when judging basing criteria.
Under the stellar leadership of General John Raymond, Air Force Space Command and the Joint Force Space Component Command are playing a key role in this decision-making process. General Raymond has already been appropriately chosen to be the next commander of U.S. Space Command.
This is an exciting era of opportunity for Colorado Springs – the nation's premier defense space community!"