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New Urban Warfare Training Center proposed by Congressman Cook
In anticipation of the next potential battlefield for the U.S. Army troops, Rep. Paul Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley) recently proposed language for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require the Army to study the feasibility of building an Urban Warfare Training Center.
“As a former infantryman, I understand the need of our Armed Forces to look ahead and prepare for the next type of conflict should one occur,” said Rep. Cook. “Our military is very proficient at so many tasks, but one area we need to take a closer look is how we’re preparing to fight in large urban centers. As populations around the globe continue to migrate and move towards metropolitan environments, the chances of our military experiencing a fight in those conditions is becoming more of a possibility. The more we train for that scenario now, the better we will be prepared. This proposal is a step in the right direction that will afford the Army the opportunity to look at training, manning, and equipping a force designed to fight in an urban environment.”
Rep. Cook’s proposal directs the Secretary of the Army to submit a report outlining the Army’s plan to prepare its’ soldiers to fight in a densely populated and complex urban setting. Rep. Cook has also asked for the Army to provide the training required and the equipment needed to operate in an urban environment.
Cook is Yucaipa’s U.S. Congressman and he maintains a field office in Yucaipa at 34282 Yucaipa Blvd. The Yucaipa office phone number is 909-797-4900; please call prior to visiting the office in order to confirm hours the office is open.
Elected to serve to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2012, Col. Paul Cook (ret.) is currently a member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees. He served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of Colonel. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.