US Space Command headquarters coming to Huntsville, Alabama (by Lee Roop)

The Air Force has selected the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., as its preferred location for the headquarters of its new Space Command, Gov. Kay Ivey and U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said today.

“Alabama has been selected for the United States Space Command Headquarters,” Ivey’s office said. “In late December, Gov. Ivey joined officials with Redstone and the City of Huntsville on a call with Pentagon officials to give a final pitch.

“The governor is proud to announce that Huntsville’s Redstone Region is set to house the headquarters,” the statement said. “This morning, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations Bob Moriarity called Gov. Ivey to inform her of Secretary Barbara Barrett’s Space Command Headquarters preferred candidate basing decision.”

“I couldn’t be more pleased to learn that Alabama will be the new home to the United States Space Command!” the governor said.