COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) announced today that the Ohio House of Representatives has unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 8, which urges the US Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to select Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center as the preferred site for a future East Coast Missile Defense System. 

“Camp Ravenna, which straddles both mine and Senator John Eklund’s district, is currently being considered for a future East Coast Missile Defense Site, along with sites in Michigan and New York,” said Sen. O’Brien. “However, unlike Ohio, Michigan and New York have now hired lobbying firms in Washington to advocate for their states to be chosen as the site. It is for this reason that passage of this concurrent resolution was so urgent.”

Senator O’Brien had introduced SCR 8 in the Ohio Senate together with Senator Eklund (R-Munson Township). It was unanimously adopted by the Ohio Senate last June.  

The MDA is currently considering sites for the potential future installation of additional ground-based interceptors for homeland defense. While similar missile defense sites already exist along the West Coast, no such sites currently exist in the East.  

The selection of Camp Ravenna would provide a multi-million dollar investment in Ohio and would create hundreds of high-paying, high-education jobs. Additionally, Camp Ravenna’s selection would increase its value to the US military, greatly decreasing its chances of its closure by the federal Base Closure and Realignment Commission. 

Representatives of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, who worked closely with Sen. O’Brien on SCR 8, were also pleased by its passage. “The Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission, along with the Youngstown-Warren Chamber and all of those involved with the pursuit and acquisition of the East Coast Missile Defense site are very pleased with the passing of SCR 8 on the Statehouse floor today,” said Vito Abruzzino, director of the Regional Chamber’s Military Affairs Commission. “The local communities surrounding Camp Ravenna praise the legislature and the resolution’s sponsor for their quick and decisive support via this resolution.”

Now that SCR 8 has been formally adopted, the Clerk of the Ohio Senate will transmit duly authenticated copies of the resolution to the Secretary of Defense, members of the Ohio Congressional delegation and news media outlets of Ohio.

 
 
 
  
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