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Huntsville has been recommended as the number one choice by the U.S. Air Force for the Space Command. However, it would be no shock to hear politics may play a role in denying the state the final choice.
A recent report from “The Washington Post” reveals that President Joe Biden may reverse the Air Force plan to move U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama. The problem with this possible move is that it flies in the face of multiple studies by the Air Force that Redstone Arsenal was the best choice of numerous potential sites across the country as the permanent home for Space Command.
Actually, Colorado Springs, the current home for the U.S. Space Command, was the fifth choice, based on a number of factors such as local infrastructure to support the base. Huntsville clearly met all of the requirements to satisfy the stringent requirements as set out by the Air Force.
It is unfortunate that this administration puts national security second to politics when it comes to our armed services. President Biden had been in office less than a year when he ordered the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan that led to the tragic deaths of 19 American soldiers and sailors and diminished American standing across the world. Under his leadership, the military has made woke politics, climate change and abortion access as top priorities, instead of maintaining the world’s strongest military to protect the free world.
The results of these misplaced priorities is that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has overseen an unprecedented fall in overall recruiting numbers.
Two of Alabama’s leaders in Washington, D.C., Sen. Tommy Tuberville and Rep. Mike Rogers, who serves as Armed Services chairman, have called out the administration for their mishandling of the military.
Hopefully, for our nation’s best interest, the independent decision of the Air Force to place the United States Space Command in Alabama will not be derailed by election year politics from the president.
Paul DeMarco is a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives and can be found on Twitter @Paul_DeMarco.