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Sen. Inhofe shows support for joint military exercise

Lawton_US Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma made a quick stop at Lawton-Fort Sill's Regional Airport Thursday afternoon.  At a press conference there, he gave an update on the status of Fort Sill's BRAC related mission. 

Senator Inhofe showed his support at Fort Sill for a unique exercise that Fort Sill and Tinker Air Force Base are undergoing this month.  He says Tinker and Fort Sill have been working a long time to get a joint system set up for soldiers to work together to integrate targeting communications with an AWACS plane.  "What it means is our kids on the ground are going to be able to more accurately kill targets over in Iraq, or any place else in the world, and get the training right here - now - in so much more of an accurate way," he says. 

He says now, soldiers will be able to pinpoint whether an aircraft is friendly or not, and will be able to cover more territory than ever before.  "In the past we might be able to identify the size of a football field," he says.  "Now it's going to being the size of a country.  So this is a major step forward." 

Inhofe says BRAC growth is on schedule and says today's exercise will prove helpful for urban areas in Iraq.  He says there was only one AWACS plane in the air today over Tinker, but since the plane covers such a broad area, they were able to see 15 other planes in the sky.

He says he's proud to see all the support from Southwest Oklahoma.  He says not every state nurtures and supports military exercise like Oklahoma does.  Senator Inhofe also commented that he's working with Governor Brad Henry on a plan to help small businesses that suffered from the recent ice storm. 

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