Gov. DeWine pushes for US Space Command headquarters to be based in Ohio
By JEREMY PELZER | The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer | Published: June 23, 2020
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — Gov. Mike DeWine is pushing for the new U.S. Space Command headquarters to be located in Ohio.
In a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Air Force John Henderson, DeWine endorsed a nomination letter sent by Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone proposing to locate the headquarters in the Dayton area.
More than two dozen other local officials sent along a letter as well stating that the Dayton area is “ideally positioned” to host the facility, noting that it is already home to the National Air and Space Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the 18th Intelligence Squadron.
The officials also noted the Dayton area’s low cost of living, educated workforce (especially in space-related matters), and military-friendly state laws that — among other things — recognize licenses held by service members who come into the state.
“It’s a powerful combination and a synergy that you can’t find anywhere else,” DeWine said in a statement.
To be eligible, cities must be one of the top 150 metropolitan areas by population, have an AARP Livability Index score above 50, and be located within 25 miles of a military base.
Under the selection process rules, a nomination letter must be signed by a local elected official (such as the mayor) of the community submitting the nomination and endorsed by the state’s governor.
In addition, state Sen. Bob Hackett, a London Republican, has introduced a proposed resolution urging that Ohio be chosen as command headquarters.
U.S. Space Command was created by President Donald Trump in 2018. While U.S. Space Force headquarters has been — and will remain — in the Pentagon, U.S. Space Command has been located temporarily in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Space Force stated in a release that it anticipates making a decision on the command’s permanent location by early 2021. It will take about six years to complete the move.
Other cities that have submitted nominations so far include Pensacola, Fla., St. Clair County, Ill., Anchorage, Alaska, and Houston, Texas, among others.