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Anne Erickson


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Could Sterling Heights be the next headquarters of the U.S. Space Force? It’s possible.

The Macomb County city is among the places being considered to become the next headquarters for the United States Space Command.

Mayor Michael Taylor officially submitted the nomination yesterday (June 30), after getting approval from the governor and county executive.

“When the City’s nomination is scored, we are confident that Sterling Heights will be a prime location for the headquarters for the United States Space Command,” Mayor Taylor said in a statement. “There is a rich heritage in this region for defense assets and this is a strong foundation for this new undertaking.”

Sterling Heights has a quite a few things going for it when it comes to getting picked. It’s located by Selfridge Air National Guard Base, and there’s already a skilled workforce of manufacturers there who work with military contracting. Macomb County was also a major part of the U.S.’s efforts during World War II, due to its manufacturing sector.

“As part of this nomination process, we have done an extensive review of the United States Space Command competition criteria,” Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said in a statement.

He added, “It is clear that with Macomb County’s industrial base, elite academic institutions, skilled manpower, strategic geographic location, and military infrastructure, there is no location that can offer greater value or capacity as a key component for future U.S. Space Forces.”

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