In a near unanimous appeal, eight of nine members of Colorado’s congressional delegation sent a letter Thursday to the secretary of the Air Force, urging him to suspend the Trump administration’s decision to move the U.S. Space Command headquarters from Colorado to Alabama.
The letter said Space Command’s migration from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs to the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., “undermines our ability to respond to the threats in space and is disruptive to the current mission.”
It also states that the decision needs further review, given the fact that “significant evidence exists that the former president’s political considerations influenced the final decision.”
Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican from Windsor, was the sole member of Colorado’s congressional delegation to not sign the letter. Buck’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Trump administration’s decision on Jan. 13 to make Huntsville the permanent home of U.S. Space Command was roundly criticized by Colorado politicians of both parties. On Jan. 26, every member of Congress from Colorado asked President Joe Biden‘s administration to reconsider the move.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, a Republican, said in January the move was based on “politics” and that outgoing President Donald Trump chose Alabama to reward Sen. Tommy Tuberville, one of the eight Republican senators who challenged portions of the Electoral College certification in Congress.
“There are a lot of indications that politics may have been involved,” Suthers said.
Thursday’s letter noted that Colorado already has critical military assets in place that would make it the ideal place for Space Command, including the National Space Defense Center, the U.S. Northern Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station, and the U.S. Air Force Academy — all in Colorado Springs.
“Ninety miles north, Buckley Space Force Garrison hosts the National Reconnaissance Office’s Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado,” the letter also noted.
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