Central Florida a finalist in Space Force search for training command center (Collin Krabbe and Alex Soderstrom)

Florida’s Space Coast is again on the hunt for a major U.S. military command.

Patrick Space Force Base in Brevard County is a candidate to host the U.S. Space Force’s Space Training and Readiness Command Headquarters, according to the U.S. Air Force. Known as STARCOM, it’s used to educate and train space professionals, for program testing and evaluation and teaching “warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures.”

Of course, landing STARCOM would offer big benefits to Central Florida’s economy. For one, it would bring military and civilian personnel to the Space Coast. Air Force Magazine previously reported that STARCOM commander Brig. Gen. Shawn N. Bratton said STARCOM is likely to grow from 800 people to nearly 1,500 people by 2026.

Plus, it’ll put a major military hub close to the region’s collection of defense contractors, potentially creating more opportunities to win federal government work.

The other STARCOM candidates include Schriever Space Force Base, Buckley Sp