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San Antonio named finalist for Space Command HQ

 SAN ANTONIO - Military City, USA, may continue earning its nickname.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced Thursday the City of San Antonio is now a finalist to host U.S. Space Command Headquarters.

“Military City, USA is as patriotic a city as they come, with robust defense, education, training, research, and cybersecurity infrastructure at the ready,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Texans have already demonstrated outsized success in the military and have led the way in space exploration. San Antonio would be a natural fit for the U.S. Space Command to take advantage of the vast resources and skilled workforce we have in the Lone Star State.”

There are six other cities on the finalist list. These include Kirtland AFB in New Mexico; Offut AFB in Nebraska; Patrick AFB in Florida; Peterson AFB in Colorado and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. If picked, the base would be at Port San Antonio.

For now, the U.S. Air Force is working with San Antonio to evaluate a location. A final decision is expected in January.

We spoke with Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who said it would bring another large military presence and possibly thousands of jobs.

"The U.S. Space Command is an opportunity for us to reach not only across sector, but inside and outside the wire of a typical United States Air Force base, but it also allows us to bring together the branches of the military and show the strength in one of these burgeoning areas of the U.S. economy," Nirenberg said.

You can watch the full interview with the mayor above.


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