Florida seeks Space Force training site

When the time comes for the Space Force “to develop its future culture and train its Guardians” – Florida says it will be ready.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — After losing the ability to make the U.S. Space Force call Florida “home” in Alabama, the state is motivated to land the military branches’ newest training site.

During a meeting of the Florida Senate on Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs, Space and Homeland Security earlier this month, Space Florida shared that the loss was an “unpleasant experience”, he has many learned from the process.

“We kind of look forward to leading the effort to make Florida the home of this STAR Command Headquarters and some of its subordinate Deltas,” said Vice President, Spaceport Operations Mark Bontrager.

According to Bontrager, Space Florida expects the Space Force Strategic Base initiative to officially kick off within the next 30 to 60 years. When the time comes “to develop its future culture and train its Guardians”, Florida will be ready.

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“Our state has tremendous capabilities today. And we’re in the process of finalizing a statewide capability statement that we’re going to be able to bring in to help the Air Force and the Space Force understand that these assets and capabilities already exist in Florida and can be positioned in support of this Space Force mission,” Bontrager said. “We look forward to leading this effort to secure this STAR command headquarters.”

Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello added that the state had a comprehensive strategy in place to show Florida as a favorite for the training site.

“Florida is well placed among the states because of the workforce that we have, the fact that we have such a place of space activity here and therefore we have already trained fighters,” DiBello said.

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Space Florida added that its team is also “busy” identifying other things it can bring to decision makers when the time comes.

The exact parameters of the Space Force search or when the process will be finalized are not yet known.

Brevard County is already home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the historic Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Launch Complex, and Space Force Base Patrick is also home to the 45th Space Wing and Weather Squadron.

The Space Force was officially created in December 2019 as the first new military service since the creation of the United States Air Force in 1947. The 16,000 airmen and civilians who make up the Space Force are technically still part of the Air Force.

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