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Altus Air Force Base may be on the DOD budget chopping block

ALTUS, Okla. (AP) -- Officials in Altus are hoping to continue the 60 year tradition they have had in cooperation with the US Air Force.

Altus Air Force base, which trains pilots how to operate the KC 135's could be on the chopping block with the Department of Defense looks to cut its costs during the base closure and realignment process this spring.

Representative Tom Cole says he's confident that all of Oklahoma's bases can avoid closure, but Altus and Vance Air Force base in Enid could face tough competition.

Both bases train pilots and Cole says those missions could easily be sent to other bases. But Cole says Oklahoma's vast air space and wide open spaces make Altus and Vance more attractive to the Department of Defense.

Cole says Altus and Vance could even gain missions in the realignment process.

Oklahoma is one of seven states that hasn't had a base closed since the base realignment process began.
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