Portman Disappointed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Not Selected as a Finalist for the Headquarters of U.S. Space Command

Portman Remains Optimistic About Future Opportunities for WPAFB’s World-Class Workforce 

November 20, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) expressed disappointment that the U.S. Air Force did not select Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, Ohio as a finalist for the headquarters for United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) but still believes that Wright-Patterson is highly competitive for future mission assignments because of its strategic location and world-class workforce. Portman requested an after-action report during a briefing with Air Force officials to gain a better understanding of how Ohio scored in the process and can better position the state for future opportunities. In June, Portman sent a letter to Secretary Barrett, outlining Wright-Patterson’s unique preparedness to headquarter the future U.S. Space Command, including its robust and diversified workforce, location and tenant commands. 

“I am still incredibly proud of the men and women who serve at Wright Patterson and highly optimistic about the future of the base despite it not being selected as one of the bases for final consideration as the home of the future U.S. Space Command. Wright-Patt’s robust and diversified workforce, location and tenant commands are uniquely suited to support the U.S. Space Command mission and would have made the base the logical location for its headquarters,” said Portman. “The base’s workforce of world-class engineers, experienced programs managers, innovative logistics managers, knowledgeable space specialists, change leading contracting personnel, and nationally recognized space intelligence analysts would have provided the U.S. Space Command with an exceptional supporting staff.” 

In addition to WPAFB’s central location in the United States, they also host the Air Force Material Command and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) headquarters. It also possesses the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), whose core missions of air and space intelligence and imagery are central tenets to the US Space Command mission.  Portman was encouraged that the Air Force has identified Wright Patterson as the location for the newly formed Space Intelligence Center which will offer comprehensive operational support to troops to know what challenges they face from global adversaries and objects in orbit.  He also hopes that the Space Force headquarters application put forth by the State of Ohio will encourage the Air Force to consider the state for a future Space Development agency and test center of excellence. Between the aforementioned tenets hosted at Wright-Patt and our NASA Glenn facilities in Cleveland and Plum Brook, Ohio boasts advantages in Air Force research, intelligence and space testing.