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Hickenlooper, Bennet Applaud Decision to Permanently Base New Military Units in Colorado

May 31, 2023

Four Space Force units based in Colorado Springs will bring hundreds of jobs to the state

Please Note: This announcement is related to Space Force, not Space Command HQ

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet welcomed the announcement that four U.S. Space Force units (Deltas 12 and 15, along with the 74th and 75th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) squadrons), will be permanently headquartered in Colorado Springs. The announcement is related to the U.S. Space Force, the military’s sixth and newest branch established in 2019. This announcement is not related to the basing decision for Space Command, which Hickenlooper and Bennet have been fighting to keep in Colorado Springs.

“Colorado is the epicenter of our nation’s intelligence and national security space operations, and basing these new units permanently in Colorado Springs only underscores that point,” said Hickenlooper.

“Colorado’s robust aerospace and defense ecosystem and commitment to supporting military families make it the best place to train and prepare American service members to meet the national security challenges of the 21st century,” said Bennet.

Delta 12, operating under the direction of U.S. Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM), tests and evaluates space systems to determine their suitability and survivability, in addition to developing new tactics, techniques, and procedures for the Space Force. Delta 15, operating under the direction of Space Operations Command (SpOC), provides command and control capabilities to the National Space Defense Center. Both Deltas will be based at Schriever Space Force Base (SFB).

In addition, the 74th ISR squadron and 75th ISR squadron will be the first of their kind for the Department of Defense and will support our nation’s space intelligence operations. The 74th ISR squadron will be based at Peterson SFB and the 75th ISR squadron will be based at Schriever SFB.

The permanent basing of Deltas 12 and 15, along with the 74th and 75th ISR squadrons, will station more than 500 jobs in Colorado Springs for military officers, enlisted servicemembers, civilians, and contractors.


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