Delegation letter supports Space Command headquarters at Selfridge

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published October 2, 2020


HARRISON TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 25, Michigan congressional representatives Paul Mitchell and Elissa Slotkin released a statement after leading the Michigan delegation in a letter to the U.S. Air Force in support of locating the new United States Space Command headquarters at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township.

The letter, which was sent to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, cited the congressional delegation’s support of Sterling Heights’ application to locate the new command headquarters at Selfridge.

U.S. Space Command is the newest of 11 unified commands in the Department of Defense. It is said to increase the ability of the Joint Force to project power and influence, reduce decision timelines for space operations and bring focused attention to defending U.S. interests in space.

“As the largest Air Force base in the reserve component with all the amenities of an active component installation, Selfridge has the capacity required to host this new command,” the letter reads. “Selfridge has identified three ready-to-build locations on the base, all of which would amply meet the security, data transmission and space requirements for the approximately 1,400 military and civilian personnel working in the new headquarters.”

The letter also highlights that Michigan is uniquely qualified to advance the critical mission of the U.S. Air Force’s newest command due to its immense resources of manufacturing expertise and skilled technicians, engineers and scientists.

“Macomb County, and Michigan more broadly, have the resources to support Space Force personnel, and we highly recommend you consider the many benefits for service members’ and their families’ quality of life the area offers,” the letter states.