Spano Joins Congressional Delegation in Urging USAF to Choose Florida For Space Command Headquarters

Hillsborough County in FL-15 One of Suggested Sites

Washington, July 29, 2020
Tags: China

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Ross Spano (FL-15) joined U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and the Florida congressional delegation in urging U.S. Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson to consider eight Florida locations for the future home of the United States Space Command (SPACECOM).

“Florida has always been at the forefront of space exploration, and Hillsborough County is a natural fit for SPACECOM. The Space Force mission would immediately benefit from the existing Special Operations Command infrastructure, our skilled workforce and strategic geographic location,” said Spano. Making Florida the home base of SPACECOM would only help our country better confront growing 21st century threats, to include China.”

The Department of Defense is in the process of establishing SPACECOM, which will serve as a unified combatant command to organize America’s military efforts in the domain of space. This will ensure America’s national interests in space are protected as our nation continues to expand economic opportunities and explore our solar system. On June 29, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis submitted the nominations of eight Florida locations as potential headquarters for SPACECOM.

Those locations include:

  • The City of Jacksonville
  • The City of Tampa and Hillsborough County
  • Brevard County
  • Seminole County
  • Pinellas County
  • The City of Pensacola
  • Orange County
  • Miami-Dade County

“Florida has long been a leader in America’s efforts in space. In fact, every American manned mission to space, including SpaceX’s recent successful Crew Dragon launch, began its voyage on Florida soil,” the lawmakers wrote. “Apollo, the Space Shuttle, and the Mars Rovers all launched from Florida. Florida has been a driving force in the renaissance of the space industry over the last decade. Leaders on both sides of the aisle recognize the strategic importance of American leadership in space. Florida has worked hard to cultivate deep relationships between federal and state agencies, the military, private industry, and our elite institutions of higher education in order to expand the horizon of this great national endeavor.”

Signatories of the letter include: Senator Rubio (R-FL), Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and Representatives Neal Dunn (R-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Michael Waltz (R-FL), W. George Steube (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Ross Spano (R-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), John H. Rutherford (R-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Daniel Webster (R-FL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Val B. Demings (D-FL), Donna Shalala (D-FL), Al Lawson, Jr. (D-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and Lois Frankel (D-FL).

Click HERE to read full letter.

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