Let the process beginPosted Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at 9:25 AM
We're pleased to see the United States and the government of Saudi Arabia finally putting their signatures on the arms deal that will include establishing a Saudi training squadron in the United States.
They've trained troops in this country, on a temporary basis, for years, and exchange programs with American pilots have helped the two nations's militaries learn to work together.
The Saudis are a valued ally of the United States and a key partner in helping contain Iran's influence in the Mideast.
More importantly, at the local level, it means the process can now proceed to locate that training squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base.
There's always going to be a few islamaphobics out there who won't like that. But they're few and far between. The local community leaders are united in their belief this would be good for Mountain Home, good for the Air Force and good for the nation.
We agree. The extra personnel, and the additional construction that will be required for the squadron, will be welcome additions to the local economy, which is finally starting to move again.
More importantly, it will help strengthen the bond between our two nations, as each of us learns more about the other. That can only be a good thing.
We hope the National Environmental Policy Act process that is required before the squadron can be located here moves quickly and smoothly.
We're looking forward to adding some new neighbors.
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