Space Force STARCOM to locate permanently at Patrick SFB in Cape Canaveral
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin R. Pacheco)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin R. Pacheco)
The military branch intends to assign 350 personnel at the training and readiness command station.

Patrick Space Force Base will serve as the permanent headquarters for the U.S. Space Force Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM).

The Space Force last year moved its Space Training and Readiness Center to the Cape Canaveral military base. Before the location could be considered as a permanent home to the operations, the U.S. Air Force had to conduct an environmental review for the base to make sure it was suitable.

That review has been completed, and the Space Force has decided to leave STARCOM headquartered at the Cape Canaveral base.

The permanent location cements the Space Coast as a key locale for the newest branch of the military.

U.S. Rep. Bill Posey first broke news in a social media post. The base, previously Patrick Air Force Base, is located in his district, Florida’s 8th Congressional District.

“Pleased to learn that the US Air Force selected Patrick Space Force Base as the permanent headquarters for STARCOM!” he posted on X. “Proud to have worked alongside Sen. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio and (the) Florida Delegation to champion this effort.”

The proposal for locating STARCOM at Patrick SFB last year called for the relocation of training and readiness operations from Colorado. According to Posey’s office, a total of 350 personnel are expected to be permanently stationed at the base, including 69 officers, 49 enlisted members and 136 civilian personnel. STARCOM will become a primary location to train guardians, the name given to Space Force service members.

Rubio said the announcement was “great news for Florida.”

“Patrick Space Force Base has received final approval to become the permanent headquarters for STARCOM, bolstering Florida’s growing leadership in space.”

The mission for STARCOM is “to prepare the United States Space Force to prevail in competition and conflict through innovation education, training doctrine and tests.”

The Space Force also opened its regional headquarters at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base under U.S. Central Command.

Patrick SFP is expected to serve as the home of Space Delta 10, a unit responsible for wargaming, so that makes tactics and training a natural fit to be headquartered in Cape Canaveral.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • My Take

    May 21, 2024 at 6:28 pm

    Trump 47 will get it named after him.

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    May 21, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    Since this happened under “The Dook 4 Brains 08iden Sad-‘Ministration” there may be some as now hidden advantage to Iran, Russia, and the Chinky Chinky Chinese in this move.
    So “Relax Your Sphincters” America the Trump/DeSantis Admistration is already looking into this as a possable sabatoge of our Great Nations Security. As we all know the 08iden Sad-‘Ministration has €FFED Up Everything They Have Touched.
    Elvis [FKA EARL] Pitts American

    • rick whitaker

      May 21, 2024 at 9:02 pm

      EARL SHITS, there you go again with your sphincter comment. it would seem that potty humor would get old even to you. the al gore jr. space center would be fine. florida owes it to al for screwing him over, and then bush the war-monger got installed by florida. you florida gop people are my nemesis.

  • Timothy Rooney

    May 21, 2024 at 10:08 pm

    Patrick Space Force Base is not located in Cape Canaveral. It’s about 10+ miles south of Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, south of Cocoa Beach and just to the north of Satellite Beach.

  • My Take

    May 21, 2024 at 10:23 pm

    Who handles the CIA’s space work?
    All unmanned I assume.

  • My Take

    May 21, 2024 at 10:54 pm

    What is Space Force actually supposed to do?
    Besides serious war games involving space.

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