RAVENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center is under consideration as a possible site for the East Coast Missile Defense System.
On Monday, State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) announced his support for Camp Ravenna as the preferred interceptor site for possible deployment of missile batteries. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), a division of the Department of Defense, to select a missile defense site to protect the homeland from a ballistic missile attack.
Current sites already exist in Alaska and California.
The MDA is set to decide within the next few days among three possible ground-based defense system sites: Camp Ravenna, Fort Drum in New York and Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan.
Boccieri, a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, said Camp Ravenna is ideal, as Ohio’s strong technological base, including the Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the NASA/Glenn Propulsion Research Center, will support its operations.
“Camp Ravenna can be the ‘Iron-Dome’ for the East Coast. Strategically, this site will protect the East Coast from growing ballistic missile threats and, if the DoD decides to use this base, it will not interrupt any current training by reservists,” he said.
Environmental Impact Assessments were prepared for each location. Boccieri said the studies concluded that establishing the missile defense system in either one of the two non-Ohio sites has been determined to cause major traffic impacts, and there are potentially vulnerable structures close to the proposed facility at Fort Drum. The MDA had concerns about about local contaminated groundwater and potential wetlands loss as a result of construction at Camp Ravenna, but he said the studies are only one part of the equation.