Due to an editor’s error, we incorrectly reported that Gov. Ron DeSantis is visiting the Pentagon today. It’s actually Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez who is visiting the Pentagon today, and the editor mixed up the official schedules, which are released in a single document. The Phoenix regrets the error.
Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, angling for Florida to locate a planned “U.S. Space Force” headquarters in Florida, is meeting at the Pentagon today with one of the U.S. Air Force’s top policymakers.
According to Nunez’ official schedule, the lieutenant governor was to meet with Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the Air Force Space Command, at 1:30 p.m. Later in the day, Nunez has scheduled a meeting at the Washington office of SpaceX. The company, founded by Elon Musk, has been launching commercial rockets under a contract with NASA to resupply the International Space Station.
This evening, Nunez is scheduled to meet with former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has been openly lobbying Trump to bring the Space Command – a standalone force that would be equal to the Air Force, Navy, and Army – to Florida’s Space Coast, even though Air Force brass evaluating potential sites are said to favor Colorado. Florida’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, are also helping with the lobbying effort.