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The Air Force’s Space Command Is Looking For A New Home. These 8 Florida Communities Are In The Running.

MacDill Air For Base in Tampa hosts two combatant command groups. Photo: Air Force

Governor Ron DeSantis nominated eight Florida communities to compete for the Air Force’s Space Command headquarters. 

Cities and counties across the country are vying to host a new combatant command group called Space Command which streamlines space-based technology and defenses across the military.

Hosting Space Command will bring more than 1,000 military personnel jobs to the area as well as defense contract opportunities.

In Florida, Brevard, Orange, Seminole, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, along with the cities of Jacksonville and Pensacola, all submitted nomination letters to the Air Force.

Now, the Air Force will send additional questionnaires to the applicants. The agency plans to make a recommendation to the president next year.

Space Command is different from the U.S. Space Force, which is headquartered at the Pentagon.

Florida already hosts three of the 11 operational combatant command groups in Tampa and Doral.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »