Ohio governor urges DOD to designate missile defense site in Ravenna

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RAVENNA, Ohio (WKBN) —Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is urging the Department of Defense to designate Camp Garfield in Ravenna as a missile defense site.

DeWine sent a letter to acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan about the site, which is located in Trumbull and Portage counties.

Earlier this year, the Missile Defense Review discussed the need for a ballistic missile defense site and suggested Camp Garfield as a potential location.  

If brought to Ohio, the site could have an economic impact of $3 to $4 billion, with approximately 2,000 construction jobs and significant permanent direct and indirect jobs, according to DeWine.

“The economic impact can be immense for a region that was devastated by the closure of the Lordstown auto plant,” said Governor DeWine. “We in Ohio want to work, to contribute, and to lend value to our national defense. I can think of no better way to accomplish those goals than selection of Camp Garfield as the east coast missile interceptor site.”

In his letter, Governor DeWine stressed that Camp Garfield is an ideal location for the proposed missile defense site due to its strategic location within most of the major population centers in the United States. He said Camp Garfield meets or exceeds all the known criteria for a CIS and offers a highly-skilled, highly-educated workforce to build and operate the strategic installation. 

“The Ohio National Guard possesses one of the most experienced force of air defenders in the nation. This new interceptor mission can be confidently placed in their experienced hands,” he added. 

Camp Garfield was one of the topics to be discussed during a local group’s trip to Columbus on Wednesday, according to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber. The group was scheduled to meet with DeWine and lawmakers about various local issues.

Editor’s note: This story is corrected to show that the economic impact will be $3 to $4 billion.

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