By Farrah Fazal
ST. LOUIS (KSDK)
- No military strike in Syria can happen without St. Louis, according to one retired admiral.
"We have two commands at Scott. U.S. Transportation Command which takes care of all logistics, and Air Mobility Command which is the Air Force wing and they control all the heavy lifters," retired Adm. Dan Kloeppel said. "Nothing in the Dept. of Defense moves that U.S. Transportation Command doesn't control."
Adm. Kloeppel spent part of his 36 year military career in planning and operations at Scott Air Force Base.
Kloeppel said TransComm would have given the orders to aircraft carriers in the Red Sea on where to station. He also understands the Middle East. He spent time there controlling all fighter jet flights at one point in his career. He said the fighter jets come from St. Louis too -- at Boeing.
"And many of the munitions come from St. Louis and they have several sub contractors that support their developing airplanes. They produce the F18, the FA18 and the growler and that airplane produces all the electronic warfare that would precede any kind of airstrike," he said.
Adm. Kloeppel is the former president of St. Louis' Navy League. He said his non-profit work in St. Louis supports the men and women serving in the Harry S. Truman, also serving in the Middle East.