Ivey: State welcomes review of Space Command’s proposed home

Ivey: State welcomes review of Space Command’s proposed home
Redstone Arsenal (Source: WAFF)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she welcomes a federal review of the decision to move the Space Command headquarters from Colorado to Huntsville.

Ivey said Monday that she believes the review will confirm that Alabama was the right choice. The Department of Defense’s inspector general announced Friday that it was reviewing the Trump administration’s last-minute decision to relocate U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama.

The U.S. Air Force announced last month that the new U.S. Space Command headquarters will be in Huntsville. Alabama was selected over five other states, including Colorado, where Space Command is provisionally located.

From Governor Kay Ivey: “Alabama welcomes the Inspector General’s review of the decision to name the Redstone Region the preferred location for the permanent headquarters for Space Command, a decision made after a thorough review, and a selection process was conducted. Our state was chosen based on merit, and an independent review of a decision of this magnitude will confirm this. We remain confident that just as the Air Force discovered, Huntsville’s Redstone Region will provide our warfighters with the greatest space capability at the best value to the taxpayers.

“Alabama has played an integral role throughout the history of our nation’s defense and civil space programs. Deep Space Exploration is part of our DNA in Alabama, from building the rockets to first take man to the moon, to producing the Atlas V rocket that took the Perseverance Rover to Mars just last week! Alabama is winning on every page when it comes to furthering our nation’s space exploration and defense and we are a natural fit for the permanent headquarters of U.S. Space Command.”