WASHINGTON Air Force officials announced Wednesday that six bases are possible locations for the headquarters of 24th Air Force, a new numbered Air Force focusing on the cyber mission.
The proposed bases, in alphabetical order, are Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; Lackland AFB, Texas; Langley AFB, Va.; Offutt AFB, Neb.; Peterson AFB, Colo.; and Scott AFB, Ill., according to a news release from Air Force Public Affairs at the Pentagon.
Barksdale and Offutt also are among six finalists, including Minot Air Force Base, for the headquarters of the new nuclear command Global Strike Command.
Air Force officials also announced Wednesday the six finalists for Global Strike Command, which include Minot Air Force Base.
The Minot base was not in the running for the Cyber Command headquarters, but there has been an ongoing interest in perhaps having some part of parts of the cyber mission located at Minot AFB.
"In basing 24th Air Force, we recognize the tremendous preparatory work several states have already done and we intend to use much of that information, but the mission will ultimately define the final location," said Brig. Gen. Mark Schissler, Air Force Cyber Operations director
The Air Force plans to make a final base selection by the end of June.