Air Force moving additional space personnel to Colorado base

Air Force moving additional space personnel to Colorado base

COLORADO SPRINGS — The military is moving nearly 150 personnel to a Colorado Air Force base as it streamlines its space operations.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Friday the Joint Forces Space Command Component will move to Schriever Air Force Base about 20 miles east of downtown Colorado Springs.

Schriever is already home to the 50th Space Wing, which operates several military satellite systems. They include the Global Positioning System, which is has both military and civilian uses.

The Joint Forces Space Command Component was initially located in California, but the military determined Schriever was a better option.

The first personnel are expected to arrive at Schriever next month, with the rest moving by sometime next year.

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner announced the move.

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