By edhat staff
Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) is officially out of the running for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters.
The Department of the Air Force announced Thursday, on behalf of the Office of Secretary of Defense, the six candidate locations.
The six locations include Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Patrick AFB, Florida; Peterson AFB, Colorado; Port San Antonio, Texas; and Redstone Army Airfield, Alabama.
Self-nominated communities from across 24 states were evaluated as potential locations for hosting the headquarters.
Last year VAFB was selected as the front runner as it’s currently home to a Combined Space Operations Center where U.S. and allied personnel track objects and activities in space.
The Department of the Air Force evaluated each location and will now conduct both virtual and on-site visits at each candidate location to assess which location is best suited to host the U.S. Space Command Headquarters. This assessment will be based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support, and costs to the Department of Defense.
According to the announcement, the Department of the Air Force anticipates selecting the preferred location for U.S. Space Command Headquarters in early 2021.
In the interim, Peterson AFB will remain the provisional location for U.S. Space Command Headquarters until a permanent location is selected and facilities are ready to support the mission.
U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario “Charo” Gutierrez