Senate vote postpones closing of Jefferson Barracks air base - KMOV.com

Senate vote postpones closing of Jefferson Barracks air base

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A multi-million dollar Air National Guard base set to close after two years in operation may not be shut down.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to stop the Pentagon from shutting down or moving any military unit or air base until a full study is completed.

A News 4 investigation detailed the $40 million spent on new equipment for the reactivation of the Missouri Air National Guard's 121st Air Control Squadron at Jefferson Barracks, including a radar tower.

With the base, the tower cost nearly a quarter million dollars to build in 2010. But less than two years later, the Pentagon announced it would shut down the squadron, leaving the tower unused.

The Pentagon faces pressure to cut costs, but legislators are urging military officials to conduct more research before closing these facilities.

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