DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Governor Mike DeWine endorsed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and the surrounding Dayton region as the ideal location for the new United States Space Command headquarters.
Elaine Bryant, the Executive Vice President for Aerospace & Defense at the Dayton Development Coalition, says, “No matter the outcome, it is a win for the Dayton region and the state of Ohio.”
In a letter sent to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force today, DeWine endorsed the nomination submitted by Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone. A letter signed by 22 area mayors and four county commission presidents was also submitted expressing mutual support.
Governor DeWine called WPAFB “the brains of the Air Force. We have so many people who are doing such great things at Wright-Patt that we think it’s a logical place.”
The decision will take into account community support and quality of life. Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone said, “This is a region where you don’t have to travel very far to do just about anything you’d like to do. So it’s a great place to live, not to mention just work.”
Republican Congressman Mike Turner of Dayton said the state of Ohio is united behind the submission. “We want to make certain that, front and center, the leadership at DOD (Department of Defense) understands that when they think of space, they need to think of Wright-Patterson.”
“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,” said DeWine in a press release.
Nominations for the headquarters’ location will be based on specific criteria, WPAFB and the Dayton region meet all of the screening requirements.
If selected, the new headquarters could bring up to 1,400 personnel to Ohio.
Copies of the letter sent today can be downloaded below.