PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. –
Officials broke ground on a new Special Operations Command North headquarters building at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 8.
The groundbreaking ceremony included Lt. Gen. A.C. Roper, deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command; Brig. Gen. Shawn R. Satterfield, commander of Special Operations Command North; Col. Zachary Warakomski, commander of Peterson-Schriever Garrison; Heather Duggan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Craig Stearns, vice president of JE Dunn Construction.
The $43.78 million project is scheduled for completion in September 2023.
As the Theater Special Operations Command for U.S. Northern Command, SOCNORTH provides Special Operations Force (SOF) options to deter, deny, and disrupt irregular threats and mitigate gaps and seams to defend the homeland. The command also works with other federal agencies, partner nations and other organizations as part of an integrated theater strategy to promote regional security, outpace threats to our homeland, and advance US strategic interests.
“This new project will strengthen SOCNORTH’s ability to provide command, control, and coordination of Special Operations in support of USNORTHCOM and our mutual mission of homeland defense and increasing our ability to globally campaign in competition,” Roper said.
SOCNORTH’s current headquarters on Peterson SFB is near the flightline – an older airplane hangar approximately 34,000 square feet in size, which will be demolished once the new building is occupied. The new headquarters building will be 90,000 square feet, and within view of the USNORTHCOM headquarters.
“We have learned how critical a facility can be to proper command and control of any organization. Many here understand the impacts a properly designed and constructed facility is to command and control, to keep up with the pace of our adversaries and technological advancements seen today,” said Satterfield. “Efforts like this do not come often enough and I understand how blessed we are for this opportunity. This facility will fully enable the capabilities of this command.”