Is Space Command still coming to Alabama? The superior general must know

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – A top general has told Congress he needs a final decision “as soon as possible” on whether or not to move Space Command headquarters to Alabama.

According to our news partners at AL.com, the head of Space Command, General James Dickinson, told Congress, “Once I make a decision, I can do the proper planning and make sure that I I have the right kinds of people in the organization.”

The Air Force decided in 2021 to move Space Command operations, including 1,800 personnel, from its current base in Colorado Springs, Colorado to a permanent home at Redstone Arsenal. The decision came after a comparison of Alabama and bases in other states based on cost of living, expansion room, security and ability to meet personnel needs.

Dickinson told Congress this week he needed a final decision and would be ready “when it does.”

“Once I make a decision,” Dickinson said, “I can do the proper planning and make sure I have the right kinds of people in the organization.”

Redstone Arsenal was announced as the Air Force’s preferred choice for Space Command in January 2021. At that time, local and state leaders like Governor Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle welcomed the decision.

“Our state has long provided exceptional support to our service members and their families, as well as a rich and storied history in space exploration,” Ivey said last January. “This combination only strengthens the exceptional relationships we have with Redstone Arsenal’s 65 diverse Federal agencies, not to mention the growing presence of the FBI and other Federal installations. The bottom line is simple, the Redstone region is the most natural choice to become home to such an important mission for our country.

For more information on the United States Space Command, click here.


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