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Global Transpark to house surplus armored vehicles

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Overseas they save lives. Back at home they create jobs. Global Transpark officials say the U.S. Army may set-up shop to sell armored military vehicles. Economic developers say it would give the local economy a boost.

In Afghanistan and Iraq, the mine resistant ambush protected MRAPs vehicles can hold up against IEDs or improvised explosive devices.

They’re so effective; the U.S spent $50 billion to help save lives. But as the government continues to draw down its forces overseas, some are being destroyed, sold for parts or in this case, sold to foreign allies.

Global Transpark officials confirm the U.S. Army is considering housing MRAPs at a cargo building off the Transpark's runway.

Transpark Executive Director Sherman Lupton said, “It’s an opportunity and an option for the army to use in this austere budget environment that they find themselves in.”

Sherman said the idea originated from a study brought forth by the North Carolina Eastern Region and North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Commissioner Reuben Davis, Chairman of the Lenoir County Commission is excited to hear it will bring jobs. “It would be a tremendous asset to eastern North Carolina and the military has a presence here. There's a lot of military aircraft that do touch and go landings here.”

The project is not set in stone yet. The Transpark board is still working out the kinks but they say with draw down projections for 2014 still in place, the move could happen in the near future.

As troops continue to draw down, the Army is looking to sell off some of their vehicles to foreign allies. This could help recoup some of the costs for the program, which Time Magazine says cost about $50 billion.   

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