COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs’ Peterson Air Force Base has been selected as one of the six finalists for the permanent headquarters of the U.S. Space Command, the U.S. Air Force announced Thursday.

The announcement follows several months of evaluating criteria submitted by all contending communities. A final decision is anticipated in early 2021.

About 40 communities, including Colorado Springs and Aurora, submitted applications. The other finalists announced Thursday were:

Space Command is provisionally headquartered at Peterson for the next six years until the Air Force establishes the permanent base.

Both Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and Congressman Doug Lamborn represent El Paso County, chiming in on the exciting news.

“I am, of course, very happy Peterson Air Force Base has been selected as a finalist candidate to be the permanent home of U.S. Space Command, but I can’t say I’m surprised.  Colorado Springs is America’s center of excellence for national security space and has cultivated space warfighters and the supporting industrial base for decades. In fact, the space-related industry and academic ecosystem throughout the Front Range is a unique asset to the United States and puts the state of Colorado head-and-shoulders above any other candidate. While the other finalist installations have a great deal to offer, and I have been to most of them, none of them are as laser-focused on space warfighting as Colorado Springs.  The entire purpose of creating a Space Force and Space Command was to go faster, be more agile, and do more with less in order to reorient our military towards near-peer competitors who would challenge our space dominance.  With the complex and expensive infrastructure and skilled personnel already in place, Colorado is the only logical choice for the permanent home for U.S. Space Command.”

– Congressman Doug Lamborn

Mayor Suthers stated Friday afternoon that if the Space Command were to stay in Southern Colorado, it would be an effortless transition.

“Obviously, no additional expense would be involved, unlike if they had to move somewhere else,” Mayor Suthers said.

Mayor Suthers stated there are a few more steps that need to happen before the final decision announcement. He said the city expects another questionnaire, another on-site visit, and a virtual presentation to show the assets Colorado Springs offers.

“We have said from the beginning that if you look at the criteria the Air Force issued, we feel we are extremely well-positioned,” Mayor Suthers said.