Thurs. 2:55 p.m.: Camp Garfield passed over as east coast missile defense site

WARREN – The U.S. Department of Defense has decided Fort Drum in northern New York, not Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center or a third base, is the preferred site for an East Coast missile defense system should one ever be built.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine expressed disappointment over the decision announced Wednesday by U.S. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York and again today by U.S. Congressman Mike Turner of southwest Ohio.

“While I am disappointed that Camp Garfield is not viewed as the preferred location for this potential project at this time, it is important to note that this decision was made based upon the strategic location of the site in New York for missile defense and does not reflect on the outstanding facility we have at Camp Garfield,” DeWine said in a statement.

Should the department of defense decide to build the interceptor facility, the decision could be re-evaluated, leaving local officials to believe Camp Garfield’s chances aren’t dead.

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