DeWine backs plan to bring Space Force Command headquarters to Wright-Patt

DeWine backs plan to bring Space Force Command headquarters to Wright-Patt
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located in Greene and Montgomery counties and is the Dayton region's largest employer. (HANDOUT)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave his support to a submitted proposal that would bring the headquarters of the U.S. Space Force Command to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

In a letter sent to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force today, DeWine endorsed the nomination for the base and Dayton-region to become the home of the Space Force command headquarters, a spokesperson for the governor’s office said Tuesday. In May, the Air Force and Secretary of Defense announced they would accept nominations for the headquarters’ location based on specific criteria.

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DeWine said Wright-Patterson and the Dayton region met all the screening requirements.

“Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton region would be excellent hosts for the U.S. Space Command’s new headquarters,” DeWine said in the media release. “This area is already home to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and Air Force Material Command. It’s a powerful combination and a synergy that you can’t find anywhere else.”

If the region was selected, the new headquarters would bring around 1,400 personnel to Ohio, according to the governor’s office.

The nomination for the headquarters to come to the area was first submitted by Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone, the governor’s office said. A separate letter signed by 22 area mayors and four county commission presidents was also submitted to the Air Force in support of bringing the permanent headquarters to Wright-Patt.