Executive Correspondence – Letter to Chairman Principi from Jim Doyle, (Gov WI) Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, Representatives Given Moore and Paul Ryan Page: 1 of 15
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Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission
2521 South Clark St., Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Chairman Principi:
As we stated at the St. Louis Regional Hearing, we believe that the decision to close General
Mitchell Air Reserve Station (Mitchell) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is not in the best interest of the
United States military. Furthermore, we are concerned that this decision might have been based
on faulty and incomplete data as well as incorrect assumptions.
In St. Louis we expressed our strong concern that closing Mitchell would have a negative impact
on recruitment and retention. We came to this conclusion for the following reasons:
Negative Impact on Recruiting:
According to the US Census Bureau there are 12 million people in the Chicago/Milwaukee &
Madison, WI corridor -- a huge talent pool.
There is a direct correlation between proximity to this large pool of talent and Mitchell's ability
to recruit and retain experienced pilots, aircraft mechanics, etc. That is why Mitchell exceeded its
recruitment goals from FY00 to FY04 and why it is one of the best Air Force Reserve C- 130
recruiting units in the country (Attachment #1, Lt. Col. Thomas Doyon, senior legislative
counsel for the United States Air Force letter).
As the U.S. continues to fight a war on terror it is essential that our military continue to meet its
recruiting goals. If Mitchell is closed, the Air Force Reserve will have no presence in a major
metropolitan area of the Midwest, a risk that should not be taken lightly given the military's
current manpower needs.
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Executive Correspondence – Letter to Chairman Principi from Jim Doyle, (Gov WI) Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, Representatives Given Moore and Paul Ryan, letter, July 30, 2005; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19065/m1/1/: accessed November 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.