Nearly 150 Air Force personnel relocating to Colorado Springs

Posted at 3:04 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 17:04:45-04

The Secretary of the Air Force is relocating Joint Forces Space Component staff to Schriever Air Force Base starting this May.

Senator Cory Gardner reacted to the move in a written statement Friday afternoon. "This is great news for Colorado and I am excited to welcome additional Joint Force Space Component personnel to our state," said Gardner. "I have visited with General Raymond, Commander of the Joint Forces Space Component, and am confident in his ability to lead our men and women as we become more involved in space and cyberspace operations. This is an important part of our national defense and I will continue to work with the Air Force to support the critical work our men and women are doing at Schriever Air Force Base. This is yet another sign that Colorado truly is first in space."

According to the Air Force the move is part of a restructuring and has been discussed since December of last year. The relocation is expected to move 148 personnel from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.