Community Correspondence from Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve base to Commission Page: 2 of 3
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JUL 13 2005
June 8, 2005
Chairman Anthony J. Principi
Base Realignment & Closure Commission
2521 South Clark Street, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202
Subject Possible Closure of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base
Dear Chairman Principi and BRAC Commissioners:
The possibility of closing the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base as recommended by
Pentagon officials, causes me great consternation for the safety of the citizens of
the Western New York Region and our Country's combat readiness. This is a big
I find it appalling that the active duty forces have seen fit to take planes, missions
and jobs away from so many dedicated and militarily proficient members of both
the Air Force Reserve and the New York Air National Guard based at the Niagara
Falls Air Reserve Base. Their unit histories are replete with successes in meeting
and exceeding the Active Duty Force's expectations, particularly when called upon
to perform in combat theatre of operations. Most reasonable and informed citizens
interpret the Pentagon's actions as declaring "war" on the reserve forces. Don't let
this happen. Their future is in your hands.
I also find it appalling to accept a reduction in the combat ready reserve forces and
resources at a time when our Country is militarily over extended with world '
challenges and commitments ranging from Afghanistan to Iraq, along with
numerous other countries.
I join with fellow Western New Yorkers in voicing in the strongest terms possible to
remove the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base from the Pentagon's recommended list
of Base closures. I am sure you realize the 914th Airlift Wing is the last Air Force
Reserve-flying unit in New York State. Unfortunately, our State has experienced a
constant history of cut backs in Air Force activity. The history of the 107th Air
Refueling Wing, New York Air National Guard is as impressive as any active duty
organization, operating at a fraction of the cost of an active unit.
Thank you for your attention.
7378 Graydon Dr.
North Tonawand, NY 14120-4907
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