Oklahoma's military installations will survive base closings

Saturday, March 10th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Enid-AP) -- U-S Senate leaders say all of Oklahoma's five major military installations will survive another round of base closures.

Leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee say they'll only support one round of base closures in the next few years. And they say Tinker Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base in Enid and Altus Air Force base aren't vulnerable to any possible closures.

The Army's Fort Sill in Lawton and the U-S Army Ammunition Plant near McAlester are also safe.

Senator Jim Inhofe says before lawmakers close any more bases, they should allow President Bush to assess the current state of the military.

This week, Inhofe took Senator John Warner of Virginia on a tour of Oklahoma's bases. If any base closures are to take place, they must go through Warner.