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Colorado Springs to house US Space Command for 6 years

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Posted at 9:43 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 11:43:43-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) — Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has announced a deal that would keep the U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs for at least six years.

The Gazette reported that Lamborn says the new agreement came with guidelines for permanently housing the command, which oversees military missions in orbit. The Pentagon is expected to announce its preferred location for the command in early 2021.

Governor Jared Polis celebrated the announcement.

"This is great news for our state and I will continue urging the President and the Air Force to make Colorado the permanent home of U.S. Space Command," the governor said in a news release.

The command must be near military bases with space assets and have high-security facilities security and communications capabilities. Lamborn says Alabama and Florida are also being considered to house the command following the six-year deal.