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Nebraska is the right place for the new U.S. Space Command headquarters and mission. In January, the Department of Defense is expected to announce the new U.S. Space Command location and Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base is one of six locations under consideration. Leaders agree: there is Space in the Heartland.

IN THE NEWS: The Omaha area benefits from its significant military connections

IN THE NEWS: DOD inspector general to probe selection of Space Command headquarters
By Steve Liewer, Omaha World-Herald

IN THE NEWS: Midlands Voices: Nebraska beats competition on key factors for Space Command headquarters
By David Brown and Anthony Goins

IN THE NEWS: Midlands Voices: Nebraska’s strengths make it a strong host for Space Command
By Pete Ricketts, Deb Fischer, Ben Sasse, Jeff Fortenberry, Don Bacon and Adrian Smith

IN THE NEWS: Retired Vice Adm. Ted Carter: Midwestern academic alliances would be powerful draw for U.S. Space Command
By Ted Carter, Mitch Daniels, Mark Hagerott and Richard Myers

IN THE NEWS: NU forms alliance with other Midwestern universities to lure Space Command to Offutt 
By Steve Liewer, Omaha World-Herald

IN THE NEWS: NU joins other universities in alliance to bring Space Command to Offutt
By Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star

IN THE NEWS: Former USSTRATCOM Commander Ellis, Retired NASA Astronaut Anderson Endorse Nebraska as USSPACECOM Headquarters

IN THE NEWS: Omaha and Offutt shoot for moon in seeking Space Command HQ

IN THE NEWS: Nebraska to make final pitch on why Offutt AFB should have Space Command

IN THE NEWS: Kate Ryan Brewer: A goodbye and a love letter to Omaha
By Kate Ryan Brewer

IN THE NEWS: Air Force visits Space Command HQ finalists
By Jacqueline Feldscher

IN THE NEWS: Offutt Air Force Base Endorsed for USSPACECOM Headquarters

IN THE NEWS: New in 2021: Space Command gets a new home
By Stephen Losey

IN THE NEWS: Nebraska team pitches Offutt for U.S. Space Command HQ
By Steve Liewer

IN THE NEWS: U.S. Space Command – Preventing Another ‘Sputnik’
By David Craig

IN THE NEWS: Midwestern universities form alliance to lure Space Command

IN THE NEWS: Four Midwestern universities form alliance to lure U.S. Space Command headquarters

IN THE NEWS: Midlands Voices: Omaha area is a great fit for Space Command’s needs
By James Blackledge and Lance Fritz

IN THE NEWS: Luring SpaceCom: Nebraska sweetens pot with $107 million in public, private aid
By Steve Liewer

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts


“Our state gives tremendous support to military families. There’s no better relationship anywhere in the nation than between the community of Bellevue and Offutt AFB. Nebraskans would be honored to have USSPACECOM headquartered in Bellevue. The U.S. Strategic Command, the 55th Wing, and the 557th Weather Wing at Offutt AFB already play key roles in supporting U.S. space operations. Given these complementary and mutually supporting missions, Offutt AFB would be a great home for USSPACECOM.” Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer


“It is a credit to the hard work and professionalism of the men and women at Offutt Air Force Base that they have been selected as one of the Air Force’s six finalists for USSPACECOM’s headquarters. Offutt is a strong candidate, and the support it receives from the surrounding community is unmatched.” U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse


“Our military men and women who call Offutt home are the best at what they do — and Nebraska is better for it. If selected, this would be just the latest feather in Offutt‘s cap and long tradition of proudly serving our country.” U.S. Senator Ben Sasse

U.S. Congressman Don Bacon


“America’s national security and economic prosperity depend on our access to space and this reliance will only increase over time. It’s great to see the Pentagon recognize that Nebraska and Offutt Air Force Base are ideal locations for the missions that matter most.” U.S. Congressman Don Bacon

U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry


“Space Command would be a natural complement to Offutt’s existing mission –– to protect U.S. military assets, dominate the battlespace, and support our heroic war fighters. It is premature to know if Offutt will be ultimately chosen, but the consideration alone shows how important Offutt now is to our nation and the world.” U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

U.S. Congressman Adrian Smith


“Offutt Air Force Base’s exceptional facilities and strategic location in Nebraska have played a major role in U.S. Strategic Command’s unparalleled success. For this reason in 2002, Offutt was selected as the home for our military’s space mission and led our nation forward in this critical field. There is no better place than Nebraska for U.S. Space Command.” U.S. Congressman Adrian Smith

Retired NASA Astronaut Clayton Anderson


“I grew up in Nebraska, was educated in the Midwest, and went on to a 33-year career with NASA, including two missions to the International Space Station. In my experience, Offutt Air Force Base is an ideal location to house the U.S. Space Command headquarters. The ‘educational infrastructure’ in Nebraska is well-positioned to provide a current, and future, workforce that is steeped in a strong work ethic, integrity and honesty. It is with pleasure and confidence that I support the Offutt AFB candidacy for this important and timely U.S. Space Command headquarters.” Retired NASA Astronaut Clayton Anderson

ADM (Ret.) James O. Ellis, Jr., U.S. Navy, former Commander of U.S. Strategic Command


"In 2002, we merged the first U.S. Space Command with U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha because of the natural synergies between space operations and all of the strategic roles then resident in USSTRATCOM. Many of those synergies still exist and I believe co-location of these two important commands would make a great deal of sense, especially given the pro-active ability of the region to craft public-private partnerships and national security research support and the always-welcoming spirit of the people of Nebraska." ADM (Ret.) James O. Ellis, Jr., U.S. Navy, former Commander of U.S. Strategic Command

University of Nebraska President Ted Carter, VADM (Ret.), U.S. Navy; and immediate past superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy


“The University of Nebraska is proud to stand alongside our state’s elected, business and community leaders in saying Nebraska is the right home for U.S. Space Command’s headquarters. Our university is consistently ranked among the nation’s most military-friendly, and we’re recognized at the highest levels of government as a trusted partner in delivering research to protect our men and women in uniform. And Nebraska is the only site under consideration with a direct tie to the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the premier academic coalition in the country.

“In short, Nebraska has the talent, the commitment and the proven partnerships to make us a successful permanent home for U.S. Space Command. As a new Nebraskan who wore the cloth of our nation for 38 years, I can personally say this state embraces and supports our military like no other place. It would be our honor to welcome USSPACECOM members and their families to The Good Life.” University of Nebraska President Ted Carter, VADM (Ret.), U.S. Navy; and immediate past superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy

Former U.S. Congressman Tom Osborne


“Bellevue is home to the U.S. Strategic Command and has been an integral part of United States air defense efforts for many years. Bellevue is a community that understands what is needed to house and care for military families engaged in a very sophisticated defense operation. Much of the U.S. Strategic Command installation would complement the U.S. Space Command with aircraft, runways and technology to create economic and strategic efficiencies as it is developed. Also, the greater Omaha community has an excellent history of support for public-private partnerships which have been incredibly efficient not only for U.S. Strategic Command, but also for veteran hospitals and other federal projects of significance. I hope that Bellevue can be chosen as the home for the U.S. Space Command.” Former U.S. Congressman Tom Osborne

Former U.S. Congressman Brad Ashford


“In 2014, I was elected to Congress to serve the Bellevue and Omaha community. One of my priorities was to fund a new Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center. I had worked on various public-private partnerships in my career and I knew our area would support a public-private partnership for the VA hospital. We passed the first congressional authorization to build a VA hospital using the public-private partnership model, raised local capital, and now have a state-of-the-art new hospital to better serve our valued veterans. It is this attitude of cooperation with our federal partners that makes us a great site for U.S. Space Command.” Former U.S. Congressman Brad Ashford

Former U.S. Congressman Jon Christensen


“Red or blue, black or white, urban or rural, Omaha is an ideal representation of America and the perfect spot to locate U.S. Space Command headquarters.” Former U.S. Congressman Jon Christensen

Former U.S. Congressman Lee Terry


“The Offutt AFB and Omaha area are perfect for the U.S. Space Command headquarters. The Offutt/Omaha area has the people to make the new U.S. Space Command be a star. We have a highly trained workforce and great people who understand the needs of our military families.” Former U.S. Congressman Lee Terry

Former U.S. Congressman and former Mayor of Omaha Hal Daub


“The history of successful transitional units and new personnel assignments to Offutt Air Force Base is, over the years, the best evidence of the confidence the leadership of the Air Force can have in selecting this location to efficiently and smoothly stand up this critical mission. The record speaks for itself and is unparalleled in terms of meeting those requirements with flexibility and focus. A perfect geographical location with protected modern connectivity to all forms of commercial and ground transportation, right in the center of the United States with uncongested air space; an industrious, hard-working, well-educated workforce that is stable and pro-military preparedness; the willing population surrounding this location of friendly, supportive local governments and families; and good schools, outstanding post-secondary educational choice availability for career and professional advancement, churches, wonderful recreational amenities, and terrific affordable housing choice, coupled with a strong economically supportive business community -- all add up to clear and convincing reasons for Omaha-Bellevue being the best choice.” Former U.S. Congressman and former Mayor of Omaha Hal Daub

Former U.S. Senator Mike Johanns


“Strategically and geographically, there is no better location for the new U.S. Space Command than Offutt AFB. The mission fits well with U.S. Strategic Command and the brand-new, state-of-the-art facilities that Congress has invested in Bellevue. The service men and women at Offutt AFB and those who would relocate to the base deserve the most sophisticated equipment and technology and also the enthusiastic support of the people of the state. When the stars align, as they have in Nebraska, we need our leadership in Washington to make the decisions that will be best for our military personnel and national security alike. Offutt is the right choice.” Former U.S. Senator Mike Johanns

Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey


“If aeronautic history, affection for military personnel, and the quality of infrastructure including schools, health care and recreation matter, Bellevue is the perfect place for the next USSPACECOM headquarters. Ask any man or woman who has ever been stationed at Offutt about their experience and they will tell you they were never treated better than by the people of Nebraska.” Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey  

Former Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman


“As a former governor and a West Point graduate, I can assure you that the Omaha and Bellevue communities are extraordinarily military friendly. We care about America's military personnel and veterans. The Omaha and Bellevue business community, unlike any other, provides outstanding private financial support to Offutt Air Force Base. Additionally, the secure and worldwide communications capabilities of Offutt are the most impressive in the United States and that's why President Bush came to Offutt when America was under attack on 9/11.” Former Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman

Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel


“U.S. Space Command would be extraordinarily well served at Bellevue. Offutt Air Force Base possesses all the mission requirements plus the intangibles that are so very important to quality of life for the men, women and their families who selflessly serve our country. Nebraska has the best essentials like first-rate schools, exceptional health care, model public-private partnerships, financial support, and historic community support of our military. I don’t believe there is a location in America that would be a better choice for U.S. Space Command than the Offutt-Bellevue-Omaha area. It is the complete package.” Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

Former U.S. Senator and former Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson


“Nebraska is the right home for the new U.S. Space Command headquarters. During my time as Governor and representing Nebraska in the U.S. Senate, our great state was home to the space mission under U.S. Strategic Command. With similar missions and over 17 years of experience, there is no need to relocate Space Command elsewhere. I saw firsthand how our community came together to grow the space economy, build the workforce, and support the important mission. Military and veteran families in Nebraska find unparalleled community support. In fact, when our community needed a new VA hospital, we didn’t wait for federal resources. Our delegation passed federal legislation to allow the first VA hospital funded through a public-private partnership and raised tens of millions of dollars from the community to get the job done right.” Former U.S. Senator and former Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson

Former U.S. Congressman John J. Cavanaugh


“Offutt Air Force Base is the most logical and compelling location for the permanent headquarters of the U.S. Space Command. With its central location and long history of strategic command, Offutt offers the best location and culture for the future of U.S. Space Command.” Former U.S. Congressman John J. Cavanaugh

Former U.S. Congressman Doug Bereuter


“It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Nebraska is a finalist for the new U.S. Space Command headquarters. Our great state has been home to U.S. Strategic Command for decades due to our strong community commitment to the mission, the base's secure communications infrastructure, and the great quality of life in the Omaha area. In the 17 years that the defense space mission was housed in Nebraska, our schools established new academic programs to provide the right workforce, our private sector grew a space economy, and our community supported the military and veteran families serving. Nebraska would be a great place for U.S. Space Command." Former U.S. Congressman Doug Bereuter

Bellevue, Nebraska Mayor Rusty Hike


“Bellevue is a very patriotic community and proud to be the home of Offutt AFB. We are always working on keeping our economy going and Bellevue has a strong technology infrastructure to support growth and opportunity. Bellevue supports the military and we are open for business to provide many more opportunities for our residents and service members.” Bellevue, Nebraska Mayor Rusty Hike

Former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr


“Generations of Nebraskans have proven time and again that they respect our military and support our veterans. There is no better home for the space mission than right here in Nebraska. We are in the middle of everywhere, and stand ready to support Space Command and serve our country’s central command center for the next frontier.” Former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr

Dr. Gina Ligon, Director of the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education (NCITE) Center, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence at the University of Nebraska at Omaha


“USSPACECOM would find a welcome home in Nebraska, where our public and private institutions have united around national security research. Take my organization, NCITE. The Department of Homeland Security, in a highly competitive process, selected Omaha to be its center of gravity for counterterrorism and targeted violence research. DHS saw eager and proven partners in the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the wider Omaha and Nebraska communities for national security scholarship and workforce development.” Dr. Gina Ligon, Director of the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education (NCITE) Center, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Bellevue, Nebraska Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Rippe


“The Bellevue/Offutt community is a great place to live, work and raise a family. We are fortunate to have a community that supports our military and values education.” Bellevue, Nebraska Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Rippe

Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret.) Robert Hinson, founding executive director, National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska; and former Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command


“The state of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska and Nebraska communities have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to and investments in our nation's highest national security missions. I personally have years of experience in both USSTRATCOM and Space Command at Colorado Springs — I know their missions well, and I know Nebraska can deliver a successful partnership with the DOD and U.S. Space Command. No better synergy could possibly exist than having these two strategically critical warfighting commands in direct proximity to each other. The placement of USSPACECOM at Offutt is in the best interest of our national security and the warfighters it and USSTRATCOM will support.” Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret.) Robert Hinson, founding executive director, National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska; and former Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command

James K. Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup


“In the early 2000s, Gallup’s executive committee made a number of site visits related to moving our global operational headquarters. Hands down… no community was as welcoming to our associates and their families as the Greater Omaha community. In 2003, 575 Gallup associates, and their families, moved to the Riverfront Campus in Omaha… and we’ll never leave. There is simply a “different kind of American” that lives, and thrives, in the Omaha area. I very strongly encourage the leadership team of the US Space Command to relocate as many people and families to Omaha as possible. Their wellbeing (and thus their productivity) will surge as result.” James K. Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup
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