Space Force in Peoria?
That's what U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) and Congressman Paul A. Gosar (AZ-04) have in mind after sending a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett advocating for Peoria, Arizona to be selected as the headquarters of the soon to be United States Space Force Command.
“My hometown of Peoria, Arizona, located in the heart of my congressional district, would be the perfect location for the headquarters of the United States Space Force Command,” Ms. Lesko stated. “Based on the criteria released by the Department of the Air Force earlier this year, Peoria meets all requirements for command headquarters. My district is already home to Luke Air Force Base and our community is proud of the support we provide to our outstanding air men and women. We would love to welcome the Space Force to our district.”
The Department of the Air Force announced in May that Space Force Command headquarters locations would require an AARP index score of 50 or higher, be located 25 miles from a military installation, and in the top 150 metro areas. Peoria meets all requirements, according to a release.
“Space is a primary domain for a 21st century military. I have been proud to work with President Trump to push our National Defense Strategy back towards the realm of great power competition, recognizing the frontiers that require U.S. mastery for our national security," Mr. Gosar stated. "Arizona has a proud history and well-developed infrastructure which has contributed greatly to our nation’s pursuit of advanced space flight through a favorable climate, an extensive presence of aerospace and defense industry, and several Arizona academic institutions that greatly contribute to our nation’s space program. Arizona has been at the forefront of the United States’ development and superiority of air and space. As our country prepares for the next challenge, it only makes sense that Space Force leverage our existing infrastructure and patriotism for its permanent headquarters."
Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey both support the nomination of Peoria to serve as the Space Force Command Headquarters, according to the release.
Peoria is located in Ms. Lesko’s 8th Congressional District in Arizona.
Talks of creating a Space Force began as early as 2018. Earlier this year, United States Space Force’s General John Raymond was sworn in as Chief of Space Operations.