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SHILOH, Ill. (KMOX) - As it has done many times in the past, Scott Air Force Base would play a critical role in a possible military strike in Syria.

Jeff McCausland, a national security consultant for CBS Radio, says the base is home to USTRANSCOM, the United States Transportation Command.

“Scott Air Force Base is the brain center for logistics and transportation for the entire U.S. military, not just Army, Navy, Air Force,” McCausland explains. “It is a joint headquarters, commanded by a four-star general. It is one of the principle component commands in the entire joint network.”

Those stationed at Scott would help coordinate refueling efforts for ships stationed in the Mediterranean as well as air forces in Turkey and Jordan.

According to the command’s website, more than 1,900 air missions are conducted in an average week with 25 ships and 10,000 ground shipments in 75 percent of the world’s countries.

McCausland does not see a direct role for Ft. Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri, home of the Army’s engineers, but says all bases and agencies like the FBI will likely be on enhanced alert if a Syrian strike is approved.

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