WLOX – Gov. Bryant announces Mississippi National Guard Space Directorate

Gov. Bryant announces Mississippi National Guard Space Directorate

Governor Phil Bryant wants to ensure that the road to space continues to go through Hancock County, Mississippi. Monday, at Infinity Science Center in Hancock County, he signed an executive order that will form the Mississippi National Guard Space Directorate.

“I am extremely excited about the two initiatives announced today,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Mississippi has been a leader in the field of space for many years and I believe that we have the capabilities to attract other space companies to invest in the state and the ability through our National Guard to use space technology to aid in defense and disaster response.”…

…The Mississippi National Guard Space Directorate will be commanded by Col. Billy Murphy of the Mississippi Air National Guard’s 186th Air Operations Group. He will integrate with current Space Commands, NASA, higher education institutions and aerospace industry partners.