Ron DeSantis touts Florida assets after Patrick AFB named Space Command finalist

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to push for Florida to serve as home to the newest branch of the military.

“I’m pleased that Florida has been selected as a finalist to host U.S. Space Command,” the Governor tweeted on Friday.

“We remain the world’s premiere gateway to space and with our state’s long history of supporting space efforts, it provides the perfect location for this new headquarters.”

The Air Force this week announced six potential locations to host the headquarters for Space Command, including Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County. Other locations include bases in New Mexico, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and Alabama.

The possibility of Florida becoming the home base comes months after the Air Force seemingly dismissed the possibility. But shortly afterward, the federal government allowed communities to self-nominate and submit proposals. DeSantis endorsed proposals to locate the command in six counties that drafted proposals, including Brevard County.

Notably, DeSantis previously represented Brevard, home to Cape Canaveral, in Congress, and he made the aerospace industry a key piece of his economic plan after being elected as Governor. He signed legislation empowering Space Florida with flexibility to offer bonds and financing for aerospace companies.

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