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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ohio House of Representatives expressed support for Ohio’s bid to host the headquarters of the United States Space Command, which the Air Force estimates will employ 1,400 workers. The support came in the form of a tribute to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard Base signed by Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and Ohio Rep. Rick Perales (R-73-Beavercreek), who initiated the tribute. The Dayton Development Coalition is working to bring the headquarters to the Dayton Region.
According to the tribute, Ohioans, “have proudly picked up the torch from Ohio’s aeronautical pioneers and represent the best and brightest minds in our nation, and they have tackled the problems and challenges of space travel and space-based threats with steadfastness and composure.”
“From designing and developing technology to advance NASA's missions in aeronautics and space exploration to providing cutting-edge solutions for military engagements to training the next generation of leaders and thinkers, their unified and combined efforts are helping to build a better future,” the tribute said.
Perales is the lead sponsor of two bills signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine earlier this month aimed at improving the quality of life for military service members and their families. The Air Force will consider a state’s support of military families in the Space Command headquarters decision.
“Over the last few years, my colleagues and I in the legislature worked diligently to make Ohio the most military and veteran family friendly state in the U.S. It is our hope that these measures make Ohio more competitive to land the Space Command headquarters. Aerospace and aviation are what we’re all about. There’s no better place for Space Command to call home than Ohio.” Perales said.
Governor DeWine forwarded the Dayton Region nomination on June 23, 2020. The Air Force expects to make a decision next year.
“Out state is making an all-out push to win the Space Command headquarters. We are united in demonstrating to the Air Force that Ohio has the space expertise, the trained workforce, and the facilities to manage space-related national defense missions,” said Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition.
Space Command’s mission is to deter aggression and conflict and to advance U.S. and allied interests through the space domain. The Ohio House tribute notes the existence of space-related federal organizations in Ohio including the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA Glenn Research Center, and Springfield Air National Guard Base.
The text of the tribute follows:
The General Assembly of the State of Ohio House of Representatives under the Sponsorship of Representative Rick Perales, House District 73, on behalf of the members of the House of Representatives of the 133rd General Assembly of Ohio, we are pleased to pay tribute to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base—The National Air And Space Intelligence Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory—Ohio's NASA Glenn Research Center, the Springfield Air National Guard Base, 178th Wing, 124th Intelligence Squadron, 125th Intelligence Squadron, 126th Intelligence Squadron, And 127th Intelligence Squadron, the Air Force Institute Of Technology In Ohio—the 18th Intelligence Squadron in Ohio on their fantastic work in service to the citizens of Ohio.
These many fine institutions have proudly picked up the torch from Ohio's aeronautical pioneers and represent the best and brightest minds in our nation, and they have tackled the problems and challenges of space travel and space-based threats with steadfastness and composure. From designing and developing technology to advance NASA's missions in aeronautics and space exploration to providing cutting-edge solutions for military engagements to training the next generation of leaders and thinkers, their unified and combined efforts are helping to build a better future.
The Ohio we know and call home has been made possible due to the spectacular efforts of these outstanding institutions, for their work is pushing us past our earthly confines and helping man achieve our destiny in the stars. Each and every Ohioan stands behind the missions of the new United States Space Command, and we are certain that, through our collective action and unified will, we can push forward into a dynamic tomorrow.
Thus, due to the hard work of these entities, we believe that the State of Ohio would be the ideal host of the permanent headquarters of the United States Space Command.