May 31, 2022

Congressman Neguse Applauds Letter from Colorado Universities Requesting US Space Command Stay in Colorado

 In a letter to the Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force, sent earlier today, representatives of nearly every higher education institution in Colorado expressed support for keeping headquarters in the state. Read here. 

Lafayette, CO – Today, Congressman Joe Neguse sent a letter to Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, and Secretary of the Air-force, Frank Kendall, echoing the sentiments of a letter sent today from higher education leaders in Colorado, wherein they expressed their support for keeping the U.S. Space Command at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Congressman Neguse previously served as a higher education leader prior to joining Congress, serving on the University of Colorado Board of Regents from 2009 to 2015. 

“As both a Member of Congress and a former CU Regent, I’m confident that Colorado has the ideal ecosystem for maintaining U.S. Space Command. Our state is home to the nation’s leading scientific laboratories and research institutions – in fact, it has the highest concentration of federal research labs outside of the Washington D.C. area. Colorado also has the second-largest aerospace economy and an aerospace workforce that has grown by 30% over the last five years.” reads the letter from Congressman Neguse. 

It goes on to state: “Colorado’s universities have been training and fostering this talented pool of aerospace engineers and scientists for decades. As a former Regent of the University of Colorado system, I’ve seen first-hand the important work our universities do to grow and maintain a strong aerospace workforce and I believe Colorado remains the best place for this work to continue.” 

These are the latest in a series of actions related to the January 2021 decision to move United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) from Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Huntsville, Alabama. In March, Neguse joined by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper and Colorado U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette, Jason Crow, Ed Perlmutter, Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn and Lauren Boebert penned a letter to President Biden requesting his administration reassess the move in light of a need for stable national security practices, specifically after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Read the follow-up letter from Congressman Neguse here.