Inhofe Celebrates New Vance Air Force Tower

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the new air traffic control tower at Vance Air Force base. Inhofe delivered remarks at the event and released the following statement to the press: 

“The strong partnership between Enid and Vance Air Force base is known throughout the Air Force, which is what helped to make this new, needed tower possible. This tower is long overdue. Our airmen have been executing operations from a tower that did not meet FAA size and safety standards for years. Despite these limitations, Vance expertly and safely controlled thousands of sorties over three runways, producing premier controllers and pilots for not just our nation but also for many of our allies. With the opening of this new tower, we celebrate and pay our respects to the hard work and sacrifices of the airmen who give their all to protect our nation and its skies.” 

In 2009, Inhofe worked to include a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 to fund construction of a new air traffic control tower at the base. At the ceremony, it was announced that the Enid community named the tower the “Inhofe Air Traffic Control Tower.” 

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