Buckley Space Command Headquarters Pursuit Update

Proposal Submitted Recommending Buckley as Space Command Headquarters
Posted on 08/31/2020

A formal proposal nominating Buckley AFB in Aurora as the location for the Headquarters of U.S. Space Command was submitted to the Department of the Air Force on Friday, Aug. 28.

The 15-page document addressing key Space Command requirements was compiled by a working group formed within the Defense Council of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
Heading the group was Aurora City Council Member Dave Gruber. Gruber was selected to lead Aurora’s effort by the Mayor and the Aurora City Council based on his previous Air Force experience as a colonel and senior commander at Buckley AFB.

“I’m proud of the work of our team in building what I believe is a very strong case to bring the Space Command headquarters to Buckley,” Gruber said. “We had tremendous support from the Colorado Space Coalition, The Colorado Air and Space Port and from across the spectrum of experts from industry, education and government. Our region has extraordinary space expertise resources that would ensure Space Command could operate smoothly and successfully from day one.”

The team consisted of space operations experts from throughout the metro area as well as community, education, and business leaders who worked closely together to build a strong case for Buckley AFB.

Aurora’s team coordinated closely with Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera who was tasked by Gov. Polis to focus Colorado’s efforts to bring the newly formed organization to the State. The group also worked closely with the office of Congressman Jason Crow.  

Congressman Crow stated, “There is no doubt that space will play an increasingly integral role in our country’s national security and it is imperative that we establish the U.S. Space Command in a community where it will succeed. Buckley Air Force Base comes equipped with the right infrastructure, talented aerospace workforce, and the quality of life to support the men and women of Space Command,” said Crow. “As both a veteran and member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m proud to be working closely with the Aurora Defense Council and the city of Aurora to make the case for Buckley and Aurora as the new home for Space Command. Our state’s proud tradition as a global aerospace leader combined with Buckley’s military preeminence would ensure that U.S. Space Command would be set up for success from the start.”

Nearly 40 locations throughout the country are seeking to be considered for the headquarters. This group will be narrowed to key candidates later this year with final selection expected to be made early next year.

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