Letter from James P. Maloney Maj. Gen. US Army, Retired, to all BRAC Commissioners dtd 15 July 2004 Page: 2 of 37
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July 15. 2005
Commissioner Phillip Coyle BRAC(' r,"nn anisn
2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission
212 S. Clark Street. Suite 600 JUL 1 8 2005
Arlington. Va. 22202
Dear Commissioner Covle,
It w as a pleasure to appear before the Conmmission on Monday. July 1 1. 2005 in San
Antonio. Texas to express our joy over the expected arrival at Fort Bliss of the 1st
Armored Division. and our deep concern about the realignment of the Air Defense
Artillery (AI)A) Center. School and an ADA brigade to Fort Sill. Oklahoma.
The last item on Monday's agenda was the appearance of the Oklahoma delegation. The
final speaker., M'G Toney Stricklin. USA. Retired. represented the I awvton/Fort Sill
community, speaking primarily about the Net Fires Center. t-is remarks were a rebuttal
ol ,mine. I have carefully considered his comments. and continue to stand by my
presentation to you. My comments on his testimony are enclosed.
I would like to "cut to the chase". sensing from the hearings that the data you are
receiving is overwhelming, and the time for decisions is rapidly approaching. So below
are my personal views. I hope they may be of some use to you in this complex process.
Because the BRAC process was so secretive, you are in the position of receiving after-
the-fact technical argumentation by military retirees and civilian community
representatives concerning the move of the Field Artillery (FA) and ADA Schools.,
Centers, and an ADA tactical brigade. The proposals for this profound change were
developed in the Pentagon. without site visits and coordination or discussion with those
affected in our region. I don't know whether the Ft Sill./Lawton community was involved.
[he Army Chief of Staff. in March 2005. verbally designated Fort Sill as the Net Fires
The El Paso community was blind-sided by the BRAC proposal. I believe that Fort Bliss
was, too. The active-duty community is now silenced by Dot) protocol. As a result, there
has not been an open debate or even a dialogue with the community of experts on this
major issue. We have learned. from BRAC records. that the plan until January 2005 (or
later) was to move the FA School and Center to Fort Bliss.
I lere is my estimate of three potential courses of action:
A. Move the 'A School and Center from Sill to Bliss. Reinforces the considerable
success of Bliss' combat development history, including extensive networking of ADA
fires. Bliss has maneuver land to host at least five large schools, per BRAC data. The Net
Fires Center would be positioned to exploit an unmatched environment comprising large
maneuver spaces, all-weapon firing ranges, joint and combined arms. major joint
interoperability exercises, RDlEF capabilities, designation as a Joint National Iraining
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