DeSantis Asks Trump For Florida Space Command HQ

The Hill reports:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) sent a letter to President Trump Tuesday requesting that the United States Space Command be headquartered in Florida. DeSantis touted the Sunshine State’s ties to both the military and space travel, suggesting its existing relations would make Florida an ideal location to headquarter the command.

“As the most military friendly state in the country with a fast-growing commercial aerospace industry, Florida is the ideal location for USSPACECOM. In addition to an already-existing infrastructure and a highly trained workforce, Florida has enduring relationships with both the Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,” he wrote.

From from his letter:

Florida is perfectly positioned for this headquarters with several important strategic facilities and Air Force bases, including the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso and Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, which currently provides space launch operations support through the 45th Space Wing.

Florida’s growing commercial space industry provides jobs for nearly 100,000 Floridians in over 470 aerospace and aviation companies that do business in the state. These companies export more than $7.6 billion in goods annually, providing major economic impact to Florida. USSPACECOM headquarters would significantly reinforce the positive impact the space industry has on Florida’s economy.