Testimony of Rear Admiral Tim Sullivan (30Jun05) Page: 4 of 8
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Pascagoula, Mississippi. In each of these three cases, the preferred Coast Guard option is
to remain at the legacy site, establish a fence line, and assume operations, security and
maintenance for the new, smaller facility. For each of the two Naval Stations, the costs
are estimated to be about $1.5 million up front and an additional $1.0 million recurring.
At Cape Cod, the costs associated with operating an airfield as the sole user, are
comparatively large. Most of the Coast Guard air stations share their operating costs with
a public facility or a multi-unit military facility. This will not be the case if the 102'"" Air
National Guard leaves Massachusetts. The 102n Air National Guard's share of common
airfield operating requirements totals about $17 million per year. This figure, set upon
the Coast Guard, would reflect a very significant portion of the agency's discretionary
spending. But if the Coast Guard were forced to move from the current site, there would
also be a significant cost impact, both one-time and recurring. Plus, there will be an
opportunity cost if the Coast Guard is forced to move from the central location of its busy
northeast U. S. operating area. The operation will increase mission response times
beyond accepted standards.
The second financial impact is increased support costs due to loss of Coast Guard
access to DoD housing, medical treatment facilities and supply sources. The Coast
Guard has alternate sources for these forms of support, but it comes at an incremental
increase in cost. A very rough estimate puts this in the eight to ten million dollar range
annually. Housing and medical services, on the local economies, are expected to cost
more to our soldiers, sailors and airmen than on military facilities. And storage of
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