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St. Louis provides safety from Irene for Navy, Coast Guard

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MASCOUTAH, Ill., (KMOV) – Eight hundred miles away from the storm, St. Louis is the perfect place for the military to coordinate operations for the storm and provide a safe place for expensive fighter jets.

The Navy is sending planes to St. Louis for protection from Irene, and the Coast Guard flew in nearly 100 personnel from Virginia to set up the Atlantic command center for rescue operations.

The command center is set up at the Young building, and the move is designed to get the center out of the storm’s path and still be able to direct rescue operations.
 
"Moving command and control is a failsafe measure.  It insures we do not lose command and control of operational assets which need to get out and save people."
 
The command center was up and running Friday night, and more Navy fighter jets are expected to arrive Saturday.

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