Rep. Jason Crow Leads Letter Calling on U.S. Space Command to be Based at Buckley Air Force Base

April 24, 2019
Press Release
Letter signed by leaders of local business community citing the economic impact of U.S. Space Command

Today, Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06) led a letter to the Secretary of the Air Force calling for U.S. Space Command to be based at Buckley Air Force Base, one of the six finalists being considered as the home for Space Command and the only location in Colorado being considered outside of the Colorado Springs area.

“Colorado has a proud aerospace tradition and Buckley Air Force Base is a powerful testament to that. As a former Army Ranger and member of the Armed Services Committee, I know the threats facing our country in the 21st century and the role that space will play in our national security. Buckley - and Aurora - is the right place for U.S. Space Command. We have the right infrastructure, a talented aerospace workforce, and the community support to ensure the success of U.S. Space Command,” said Rep. Jason Crow. “Placing Space Command at Buckley Air Force Base would be an incredible gain for Aurora and the Denver metro area and a boon for our economy. Space Command would fuel job growth for decades to come and solidify Colorado’s role as the global aerospace leader.”

The letter reads in part:

Buckley AFB is a critical Air Force asset in a thriving community that is already home to advanced space assets and hundreds of space-oriented businesses large and small. We have been performing the space mission for over 30 years. We are ready to continue leading space into the future and would welcome USSPACECOM openly.

The list of additional signers includes: Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Commissioner Jeff Baker, Commissioner Nancy Jackson, Commissioner Kathleen Conti, Commissioner Nancy Sharpe, Commissioner Bill Holen, CEO of Aurora Economic Development Council Wendy Mitchell, CEO of South Metro Chamber of Commerce Andrew Graham, CEO and President of Aurora Chamber of Commerce Kevin Hougen, and Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare.

The full letter can be read here.