President Trump Announces the Reestablishment of U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs
Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055
Today, President Trump officially announced the stand-up of U.S. Space Command, which will initially be located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The command will consist of 87 personnel for now, with more infrastructure and personnel being added in time.
In response to the announcement, Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:
"I am happy to see the Department of Defense and Trump Administration have chosen to reestablish U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base. Under General Raymond’s exceptional leadership, SPACECOM will ensure our space warfighters have the resources and authorities they need to reestablish our dominance in space over near-peer competitors like Russia and China, who seek to close the gap between our space capabilities.
Over the past two years, I have worked hard to make the case that Colorado is the national epicenter of the defense space industry, with over 500 aerospace companies and 192,000 employees in the state. The Pikes Peak Region is uniquely able to support a newly established Space Command thanks to the massive amount of space warfighting operations, infrastructure, and personnel already located here.
The initial stand-up of Space Command in Colorado Springs exemplifies the administration’s refreshing seriousness in viewing space as a warfighting domain and protecting our invaluable military and civilian assets. As Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee’s Readiness Subcommittee, I will continue working closely with my colleagues in Congress and with the administration to ensure our newest combatant command is fully supported and optimized as quickly and efficiently as possible."
There will be a formal activation ceremony for U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs on September 9, 2019.