National Guard chief reveals Oklahoma realignment plan

Wednesday, August 17th 2005, 8:50 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's adjutant general says a proposed realignment plan for the Oklahoma National Guard would close 53 local armories and six maintenance facilities and build seven new Armed Forces Reserve Centers across the state.

Major General Harry Wyatt the Third said Wednesday that plan would relocate more than 3,700 Oklahoma guard members and their units to new regional reserve centers for training and remove them from their current outdated facilities.

The new centers would be located in Norman, Muskogee, McAlester, Oklahoma City, Broken Arrow, Vance Air Force Base and Fort Sill Army Post.

Wyatt says the plan was developed along recommendations by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

He says if implemented, the recommendations would leave the state with 39 armories and reserve centers.