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Bacon disappointed US Space Command will not be at Offutt

Omaha Chamber & Ricketts weigh in as well
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Posted at 1:50 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 16:16:26-05

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Update at 2:57 on 1/13/21

Omaha's Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Don Bacon have responded to reports of the decision to locate Space Command Headquarters in Alabama instead of in Bellevue at Offutt Air Force Base.


Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts also released a statement regarding the decision:

“Even with today’s announcement, Nebraska will continue to make the case to the incoming administration for bringing USSPACECOM to the Heartland in the coming days and weeks,” said Gov. Ricketts. “When you look at the data and our competitive advantages, Nebraska remains the best place in the nation to locate this mission.”

Previous story from 2:18 p.m. on 1/13/21:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor says Huntsville, Alabama will soon be announced as the location for the U.S. Space Command headquarters. The city was selected over Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, which was reportedly a top-six finalist in the search for a space command home base.

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Gov. Kay Ivey said Huntsville’s Redstone Region is set to house the headquarters.

The governor was informed of the decision Wednesday morning.

An official announcement was set for Wednesday afternoon.

Huntsville is known as Rocket City and has long been home to the Army’s Redstone Arsenal and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

The role of the Space Command is to conduct operations such as enabling satellite-based navigation and troop communication.

That is different from the Space Force, which is a distinct military service.