Pensacola Out Of The Running To Be The Future Home Of U.S. Space Command

November 21, 2020

Pensacola is out of the running to be home to the new headquarters for U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM).

Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County, Florida, will be one of six locations to participate in the next phase of the process. Brevard joins Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; and Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska as finalists.

Pensacola was one of Florida’s communities that applied to be home of Space Command Headquarters. Pensacola made it to the evaluation phase, and in August, replied to questionnaires from the Air Force to assess each Pnesacola’s ability to host, employ and sustain the headquarters of USSPACECOM.

In August of 2019, U.S. Space Command was established as the military’s 11th unified combatant command. The Air Force has said that it expects to announce a final site next year, but that it could take up to six years to construct new facilities. During that time, USSPACECOM will remain provisionally headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

Pictured: Downtown Pensacola, with an added U.S. Space Command logo. NorthEscambia.com graphic.

Comments

16 Responses to “Pensacola Out Of The Running To Be The Future Home Of U.S. Space Command”

  1. Warrington on November 22nd, 2020 6:30 am

    Not surprised. Pensacola can not even build a bridge.

  2. David Huie Green on November 21st, 2020 9:48 pm

    An organization without a mission — if it has one — it would be better at.

  3. Opal Box on November 21st, 2020 5:20 pm

    Face it Pensacola; if not for a very few wealthy entrepreneurs who love Pensacola and were willing to risk their money to rebuilding, expanding, and promoting our town, we would still be lost in the ’60s.

    Pensacola still has very little to offer young families who need stabilizing incomes to offset the high costs of living here. All we really have is Banking and Retail; no major Manufacturing or Service Headquarters. We even lost our major Military support operations, like the Naval Aviation Rework Facility and Naval Supply Center. I’ll bet the new Space Force laughed at the application.

  4. Mike on November 21st, 2020 4:04 pm

    When is the American public going to wake up….. no one elected official gives a crap about the public. They are only in it to line their pockets and get that ego boost they need. Elected officials stop caring and start blaming the second they get your vote.

  5. R C on November 21st, 2020 12:26 pm

    Never had a chance! Alabama builds cars and airplanes, Georgia builds everything, Mississippi builds ships, spacecraft and refineries. What do we build? Nursing homes and hospitals, law suit courts and banks!!! If the local economy is to survive and grow we must develop a manufacturing base to support higher incomes for skilled workers.

  6. NPC on November 21st, 2020 12:10 pm

    There is a technology campus in downtown Pensacola that sits empty, a baseball field that operates in the red annually and a civic center that is in need of repair or for a better option a rebuild. An invitation should not be extended until there is proof of positive impact in the area. Take care of home before you offer assistance to a neighbor.

  7. Thomas Paine on November 21st, 2020 10:37 am

    @Tabby
    “More people to ruin the way of life for generational locals.”

    What? Pensacola has been a Navy town for decades. The military is literally a way of life for “generational locals.”

    Grow. Adapt.

  8. Taree Huggers on November 21st, 2020 9:59 am

    All you have to do is read the comments to understand why they didn’t want to locate in NWF.

  9. CW on November 21st, 2020 9:02 am

    @Jim

    I seriously doubt the Air Force is going to be hiring minimum wage workers.

  10. Anne on November 21st, 2020 8:39 am

    William,
    Was any official reason(s) given for Pensacola being rejected?

    Agree, nearer the Space Center is a more logical choice yet curious why our area fell short.
    Thank you.

  11. Bama89 on November 21st, 2020 7:58 am

    @Tabby
    I’m sure Biden getting elected is already “ruining the way of life for you generational locals.”
    I’m glad America is a place where people always find a way to come together instead of bicker about people growing up differently or being raised differently.
    If you’re mad at everyone who isn’t as miserable as you, you have a lot to be miserable about! GOD BLESS ALL AMERICANS, all the hipsters, urbanites, liberals, conservatives, cowboys, wealthy, poor, and all in between!

  12. TJ on November 21st, 2020 7:49 am

    I don’t think Pensacola ever had much of a chance. Patrick AFB is home to the 45th Space Wing along with with Patrick Air Force Station and the Space center where the vast majority of rockets are launched from. NASA, SpaceX, ULA, LA are also here, so I think Patrick is the logical choice and they will probably get the nod in the end. Space Command being anywhere else really doesn’t make sense.

  13. Jim on November 21st, 2020 7:35 am

    Hmmm…maybe, raising minimum wage, thus drastically increasing the cost of living the next few years, could have played a part in this decision. Wouldn’t be surprised if Brevard is eliminated next. And I would extremely shocked if any major companies move to Florida in the future. But hey, at least the burger flippers will be making $15 an hour soon. Better that then have a major government installation paying big money for jobs!

  14. Henry Coe on November 21st, 2020 6:23 am

    That’s ok. I’m sure with all the alien activity & UFO’s in Gulf Breeze the skies were going to get way to crowded anyway.

  15. Tabby on November 21st, 2020 6:09 am

    Thank goodness. Bringing more hipsters, urbanites, and liberals, etc. No thanks. More people to ruin the way of life for generational locals, no thanks.

  16. South.Flomaton4Ever on November 21st, 2020 5:13 am

    Maybe Grover and his crew could have advocated for this instead of being so wrapped up in removing the Confederate monument and spending thousands of dollars in the process in an attempt at cheap political gain. Gaining the home base of Space Force would have been a major economic plus for Pensacola.





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