The Crew Dragon Demo-2

A Falcon 9 containing astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley launches from Pad 39A, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 30. The Crew Dragon Demo-2 launch marked the return of human spaceflight on American soil.

Rep. Debbie Lesko wants to bring space to the West Valley.

Lesko, who represents parts of Avondale, Litchfield Park, Glendale and Peoria, sent letters to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett advocating for cities in her 8th Congressional District to be selected as the headquarters of the United States Space Force Command. 

Lesko supported the bids of Glendale, Peoria and Youngtown, all located within her district.

“Arizona is the perfect location for the United States Space Force Command headquarters, and the 8th Congressional District specifically has many benefits that should be considered when selecting the headquarters location,” Lesko said. “With our many aerospace and defense contractors, attractive climate and premier military installations, there are few better positioned locations in the nation. 

“My district is already home to Luke Air Force Base, and our community is proud of the support we provide to our outstanding airmen and airwomen. We would love to welcome the Space Force to our district.”

The Department of the Air Force announced in May 2020 that Space Force Command headquarters locations would require an AARP index score of 50 or higher, be located 25 miles from a military installation and in the top 150 metro areas. Glendale, Peoria and Youngtown all meet these requirements.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat, Youngtown Mayor Michael LeVault and Gov. Doug Ducey all support the nomination of their cities to serve as the Space Force Command.