Selfridge, Sterling Heights not selected for Space Command headquarters

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published December 3, 2020


MACOMB COUNTY — Until recently, Macomb County’s hometown air base was in the running for U.S. Space Command headquarters.

A Nov. 19 press release by the secretary of the Air Force public affairs indicated that the Department of the Air Force selected six candidate locations for U.S. Space Command headquarters. Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township did not make the list.

Self-nominated communities from across 24 states were evaluated as potential locations for hosting the headquarters.

In June, Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor submitted a nomination to consider the city, in partnership with the state of Michigan, Macomb County and the Michigan Air National Guard, to host the command headquarters at Selfridge.

At that time, Selfridge officials said they felt fully capable and ready for any unit that wants to partner with the base.

“The Department of the Air Force evaluated each location and will now conduct both virtual and on-site visits at each candidate location to assess which is best suited to host the U.S. Space Command Headquarters,” the release states.

The assessment will be based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support and costs to the Department of Defense.

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 forces to project power and influence, reduce decision timelines for space operations and bring focused attention to defending U.S. interests in space.

The Department of the Air Force anticipates selecting the preferred location for U.S. Space Command Headquarters in early 2021.

The six finalist locations are Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico; Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska; Patrick Air Force Base in Florida; Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado; Port San Antonio in Texas; and Redstone Army Airfield in Alabama.

Selfridge still has a chance to be the command and control center for the Michigan Launch Initiative. The site will be announced next month.