Turner hosted Esper on a visit to Wright-Patterson, the state’s largest single-site employer, in October 2019.
Esper was responding to a point Turner made Wednesday about NASIC’s future, asking the secretary to ensure the organization is protected as the Space Force is organized.
Dayton leaders have sought to protect NASIC, which is based at Wright-Patterson and whose employment has risen steadily over the years.
The defense budget President Trump signed in December approves $182 million for a new home for NASIC. The NASIC expansion has been called the largest single construction project in base history.
Construction on that project is expected to start this year, leaders of the Dayton Development Coalition have said.