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Congressman Cole's Statement on BRAC Commissioners Vote

August 23, 2005
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole made the following statement today after a vote by the BRAC Commission to realign the Air Defense Artillery Center and School and the Net Fires Center to Fort Sill.

"I am very pleased that the BRAC Commission's initial vote accepted the Department of Defense's recommendations concerning the ADA School and the new Net Fires Center. I have been working with the Pentagon over the past few years on this and I believe this is a tremendous gain for Fort Sill. This will bring both military and civilian jobs to the Fort Sill area and will add a new and critical center to Fort Sill that will surely increase its value to the American military."

"Although this is a major hurdle and a great victory, one thing I have learned on Rules Committee is its not over until it's over. The BRAC Commission will continue voting through the weekend and final recommendations will not be guaranteed until then," Congressman Cole said.

The BRAC Commission will be holding final deliberations and decision on Wednesday, August 24 - Saturday, August 27. The BRAC Commission's final recommendations must be approved by the President and by Congress.

Based on the Pentagon's BRAC Decisions, Fort Sill will gain an estimated 3,444 military jobs and 161 civilian jobs in the BRAC process.