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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Enid Officials Believe Recent Moves Leave Vance AFB in Good Shape

  • November 22, 2011
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While Enid, Okla., officials are concerned about the prospect that the Pentagon could face an additional $600 billion in spending cuts, they are confident that Vance Air Force Base is well positioned to weather potential belt-tightening measures.

“Through our protection and enhancement efforts, we have positioned ourselves to be the most cost-effective, efficient training base in the military,” Mike Cooper, the city’s military liaison, told the Enid News and Eagle.

The installation possesses a variety of attributes that should help it survive any looming austerity measures, including ample room to expand and the availability of open air space.

“We are doing all the things we can to position ourselves for the future,” said Cooper, who also is chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission. “We just don’t have a crystal ball to know what would happen.”

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