Coming in 2024: Patrick Area Power Base Picked for STARCOM Headquarters

The Division of the Air Power has chosen Patrick Area Power Base, Fla., as the popular location for Area Coaching and Readiness Command (STARCOM) headquarters—and hopes to start out shifting in by fall of subsequent 12 months.

STARCOM, one in every of three discipline instructions beneath the U.S. Area Power, is chargeable for educating and coaching Guardians, creating the service’s nascent doctrine and ways, methods, and procedures, and testing Area Power capabilities. 

Roughly 350 personnel are anticipated to make up STARCOM headquarters as soon as it reaches full operational functionality, a Division of the Air Power spokeswoman informed Air & Area Forces Journal. An environmental affect evaluation is ready to happen later this 12 months, adopted by a ultimate determination, in line with a division launch. 

The spokeswoman mentioned personnel are then anticipated to start out arriving in fiscal 12 months 2024, which ends in October of that 12 months.

Patrick is situated just some miles from Cape Canaveral Area Power Station and the Area Power’s principal launch services on the East Coast. The Florida location beat out 5 different bases for STARCOM headquarters—Buckley, Peterson, and Schriever Area Forces Bases in Colorado; and Vandenberg Area Power Base and Los Angeles Air Power Base in California.  

The sector command would be the first headquartered on the East Coast after it relocates from its non permanent residence at Peterson, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Division of the Air Power is planning to assemble new services to deal with STARCOM, the spokeswoman mentioned. 

“Till then, personnel will make the most of current and non permanent services at Patrick Area Power Base,” she added. 

Along with STARCOM, the division introduced most popular places for six different Area Power organizations this week, together with three of the 5 Deltas beneath STARCOM. 

  • Area Delta 10, which develops Area Power doctrine and conducts wargames, may even be at Patrick Area Power Base. 
  • Area Delta 11, chargeable for Area Power ranges and aggressors, shall be at Kirtland Air Power Base, N.M. 
  • Area Delta 12, which handles check and analysis, shall be at Schriever Area Power Base, Colo. 
  • Area Delta 15, which offers command and management capabilities to the Nationwide Area Protection Middle, will stay at its present location of Schriever. 
  • The seventy fifth Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron, chargeable for the “federated concentrating on mission” utilizing totally different satellites throughout orbits, may even stay at Schriever. 
  • The 74th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron, which offers menace evaluation and intelligence for tactical house operations, shall be based mostly at Peterson Area Power Base, Colo. 

About 100 personnel are anticipated to be a part of Area Delta 10, which may even begin shifting to Patrick in fiscal 2024, the division spokeswoman mentioned. 

The announcement that bases in Colorado will get 4 extra everlasting Area Power missions comes as debate continues to rage over the house for U.S. Area Command—whereas not a Area Power group, SPACECOM’s basing determination has been led by the Division of the Air Power, which recognized Redstone Arsenal, Ala., as its most popular location in 2018. Accusations of political favoritism immediately adopted and a ultimate determination continues to be pending years later. 

Alabama lawmakers have just lately upped their strain on the Pentagon to finalize its alternative and proceed with Redstone, whereas Colorado legislators are combating to maintain the combatant command headquartered at Peterson Area Power Base.  

Final month, media studies indicated President Joe Biden’s administration could halt the transfer to Alabama, citing the state’s abortion legal guidelines as negatively affecting feminine service members. 

Florida just lately tightened its personal abortion restrictions, however the Air Power spokeswoman mentioned that “reproductive healthcare isn’t a standards within the Division of the Air Power strategic basing course of” earlier than noting that the method used to pick out U.S. Area Command headquarters is totally different in that “elements of that course of had been dictated by the Division of Protection.”