House Memorial 1281 by Representative Tyler Sirois (R- Cocoa) passed the first of its two committees of reference with unanimous support today. The memorial requests Congress to approve the creation of the United States Space Force and the establishment of the Space Force and United States Space Command in Florida. The memorial follows a recent White House proposal by President Donald Trump, and Governor Ron DeSantis’ call for the Space Force to be headquartered in Florida.
“The United States and Florida are positioned as global leaders in commercial aerospace,” stated Representative Sirois to members of the House Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. “With Florida’s spaceport infrastructure, deep-water seaports, and partnerships with NASA, the 45th Space Wing and the other three combatant commands located in Florida, we are the best choice for the headquarters of U.S. Space Command.”
Last month, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive-4, which sets the framework for the establishment of a sixth branch of the armed forces through the development of a legislative proposal to be considered by the United States Congress. The Space Force would be a part of the United States Air Force. Its Space Command headquarters would become Florida’s fourth military command, joining U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, both in Tampa, and U.S. Southern Command in Doral.
House Memorial 1281 will be heard next by the House State Affairs Committee. Upon approval by the Florida Legislature, copies of the memorial will be remitted to Members of Congress and President Trump, urging their support for the headquarters in Florida.
Representative Sirois was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018 and represents House District 51, which includes part of Brevard County.