Nebraska leaders are celebrating the inclusion of Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha as one of the 6 finalists to be the new home of the Pentagon’s Space Command – SpaceCom for short.
A final decision is expected early next year.
Offutt was home to SAC – Strategic Air Command – during the Cold War and has hosted its successor StratCom for the last 3 decades
Governor Pete Ricketts calls the SpaceCom announcement :exciting news,” adding that Nebraska gives tremendous support to military families and that there’s no better relationship anywhere in the nation than between Offutt and the community of Bellevue.
Ricketts says since Offutt already is home to StratCom and 2 specialized air wing, which he sees as having complementary and mutually supporting missions to SpaceCom, the base would be a great home for it.
U-S Senator Deb Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, calls Offutt’s selection as a finalist “is a credit to the hard work and professionalism of the men and women who work there.
Fischer calls the Bellevue base “a strong candidate” and the support it receives from the surrounding community “unmatched.”
Nebraska’s other senator, Ben Sasse, says the “military men and women who call Offutt home are the best at what they do – and Nebraska is better for it.
Sasse says being selected “would be just the latest feather in Offutt‘s cap and long tradition of proudly serving our country.”
President Trump created SpaceCom as the nation’s 11th Unified Combatant Command in August of last year.
The other finalists are Patrick AFB in Florida; New Mexico’s Kirtland AFB, Redstone Army Airfield in Alabama; Port San Antonio, and Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs – longtime home of NORAD – the North American Aerospace Defense Command.