2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Report: Volume One Page: 1
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521 South Clark Street, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202
September 8, 2005
George W. Bush
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
The 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission is proud to present its
Final Report for your consideration. As required by law, the Commission thoroughly and
objectively reviewed the domestic installation closure and realignment recommendations
proposed by the Secretary of Defense on May 13, 2005.
In 2005, the Secretary made more recommendations, with more complexity, than all four
previous base closure rounds combined. We held ourselves to a high standard of openness
and transparency in all our activities and deliberations as we assessed these recommendations.
Over the past four months, the Commission conducted 182 site visits, held 20 legislative and
deliberative hearings, hosted 20 regional hearings, and received well over 200,000 written and
electronic communications from the public. We publicly sought, and received, expert analysis
and commentary from a variety of governmental and non-governmental sources to assist our
We recognize that our final recommendations will have profound effects on many
communities and the people who bring them to life as well as on the uniformed men and
women embodying our Armed Forces. We are confident that the recommendations
contained in our Final Report will positively shape our military for decades to come. The
warfighters securing our way of life will depend on the successful implementation of our
recommendations to shape the infrastructure supporting their current and future missions.
In addition to the Commission's assessment of the Secretary's recommendations, we have
addressed issues relevant to future rounds of base realignment and closure.
Chairman: Anthony J. Principi
Commissioners: The Honorable James H. Bilbray, the Honorable Philip E. Coyle III, Admiral Harold W. Gehman Jr., USN (Ret),
the Honorable Jim Hansen, General James T. Hill, USA (Ret), General Lloyd Newton, USAF (Ret), the Honorable Samuel K.
Skinner, Brigadier General Sue Ellen Turner, USAF (Ret)
Executive Director: Charles Battaglia
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