The U.S. Air Force picked Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., for the new 1,400-person U.S. Space Command's headquarters Wednesday.
The Space Command, which was established as the 11th Unified Combatant Command in 2019, "conducts operations in, from, and to space to deter conflict, and if necessary, defeat aggression, deliver space combat power for the Joint/Combined force, and defend U.S. vital interests with allies and partners."
The Air Force examined locations in 24 states, but settled on Huntsville, which is nicknamed "Rocket City," pending an environmental impact analysis that should be completed by spring 2023.
"Huntsville is the right pick for a host of reasons – our skilled workforce, proximity to supporting space entities, cost-effectiveness, and quality of life, among other things," Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said in a statement. "I am thrilled that the Air Force has chosen Redstone and look forward to the vast economic impact this will have on Alabama and the benefits this will bring to the Air Force."