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Fort Custer on short list of candidates for missile defense system
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Fort Custer could soon become equipped with a multi-million dollar ground missile defense system.
Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta is one of five sites being considered by the Department of Defense to have this ground-based missile defense system.
Missile defense agency officials plan to study which location would be most effective to stop enemy missiles from hitting the U.S.
Lawmakers in our area welcome a ground-based missile defense system, because it would not only bring us more security but more jobs to our area.
People also need to know before we jump to conclusions, weve had a missile defense system before here at Fort Custer, said Rep. Kate Segal, (D) 62nd District.
Representative Segal hopes the experience here will speak volumes in Washington D.C. as they think about security for 2014 and beyond.
The DOD missile defense letter sent to U.S. lawmakers yesterday shows sites in Ohio, Maine, New York and Vermont are also being considered.
Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy in Vermont had an immediate response, writing in part: Ive always felt that the multiple billions spent on missile defense are a monumental waste of money.
The DOD stated in their letter to lawmakers they plan to send workers on site to study the bases after theyre narrowed down, something Fort Custer officials are excited to learn more about.
One of the benefits Ft. Custer does bring to it is its close proximity to some of the major urban areas, said Lt. Colonel Mark Gorzynski.
Alaska and California are the only two other states in the country equipped with a ground based missile defense system.