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Alabama’s ‘Rocket City’ tapped for U.S. Space Command headquarters

The Secretary of the U.S. Air Force announced today that Huntsville has been selected as the preferred location for the headquarters of the new U.S. Space Command, a move that is a natural fit for Alabama’s “Rocket City” and its longtime support of space and defense programs.

Goals of the new command are to better organize and advance the military’s extensive operations in space and to seek more effective ways to protect U.S. assets such as satellites that are crucial for communications, navigation and surveillance.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to learn that Alabama will be the new home to the United States Space Command,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “Our state has long provided exceptional support for our military and their families as well as a rich and storied history when it comes to space exploration.”

Governor Ivey said Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Instillations Bob Moriarity informed her of Secretary Barbara Barrett’s Space Command Headquarters decision as Huntsville as the preferred headquarters location.

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