Abraham pitches Louisiana for Space Command HQ
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., wrote a letter to President Donald Trump pitching Louisiana as the future headquarters for the new United States Space Command.
Abraham says that Louisiana is the prime location for Space Command’s headquarters given that the state has existing relationships with the military and NASA.
“Should you select Louisiana as the headquarters for Space Command, you can rest assured that you will have picked a state that is open for investment and one that has unique qualities ideally suited to support Space Command’s growth and development,” Abraham wrote. “I look forward to working with you on seeing Space Command to the finish line as we take the next step in America’s rich and vibrant history of space exploration and development.”
In his letter, Abraham highlights Air Force Global Strike Command headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base as a great opportunity to help launch Space Command as plans for the new military branch require that it first develop within the Air Force.
He also points to Louisiana’s Michaud Assembly Facility’s long history of working with NASA to support the Space Program. The facility’s involvement with space exploration dates to the Apollo Program.
Louisiana also has two space grant universities, Louisiana Tech and LSU, that could provide support to Space Command.
Abraham has Congressional expertise in the matters of both the military and space. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and he served as a subcommittee chairman on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Read the letter here.