GOP lawmaker wants Sterling Heights as Trump’s Space Force HQ

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    A Republican state senator introduced a resolution Wednesday that seeks federal consideration of the city of Sterling Heights as the new headquarters of the U.S. Space Force.

    State Sen. Michael MacDonald (R-Macomb Twp.) represents the city in the Legislature.

    Michael MacDonald

    “The City of Sterling Heights is located near the Arsenal of Democracy, a well-known and world-renowned defense business corridor known for innovations, access to elite industrial and academic institutions, and a highly skilled and educated population,” Senate Resolution 135 reads.

    “The city is also located near the Selfridge Air National Guard Base, making the City of Sterling Heights the ideal location with superior facilities and infrastructure to headquarter the new United States Space Command.”

    SR 135 would urge Congress, President Donald Trump, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and “the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force” (there are four assistant secretaries) to contemplate the small Detroit suburb for the newest branch of the Armed Forces.

    Trump officially established the agency in December.

    The U.S. Space Force is currently headquartered in the Pentagon, but MacDonald’s resolution notes that it is looking to establish a “fully-functioning headquarters” elsewhere.

    According to 2018 U.S. census data, Sterling Heights has a population just shy of 133,000.

    SR 135 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Families, Seniors and Veterans.

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