[Letters to the BRAC Commission - July 2005] Page: 1 of 14
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General James T. Hill USA (Ret) ,005
Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission - '
2521 South Clark Street, Suite 600 Received
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear General Hill,
In my opinion, there should not be a BRAC at this time when the military is stressed because of
the situation in the middle east. I think that it is imprudent to accomplish wholesale
reorganization of the military when we are in the middle of a war. I do not believe that acting
on the BRAC list accomplishes what the military needs at this point in time. I do not agree with
the Secretary of Defense that we should send our sons and daughters in harms way with what
they have in lieu of what they want. I believe that they should be provided with what they need.
I do not believe that a soldier or marine should have to scrounge for material in an Iraqi junk
yard to try to make his vehicle safer. I do not believe a sailor or airman should have to be
concerned whether the maintenance on his ship or airplane was accomplished by a reliable
I do not believe that the Secretary of Defense looks beyond the bridge of his nose when
considering the welfare of common military people and their officers. The weapons of mass
destruction were products of his imagination in lieu of his vision. I do not believe that the
Secretary of Defense was anything but nearsighted when he established manpower
requirements for the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. I do not believe that the Secretary of
Defense would recognize a priority if he tripped over one.
The BRAC list is intended to be based on the future needs of the military for the type of
operations that are envisioned. The past performance of the Secretary of Defense in envisioning
anything, indicates that this BRAC function will not improve the operations that are ongoing and
will unlikely support those of the future. I do not know what his agenda is and I don't care. I do
not have confidence that the Secretary of Defense is sensitive to the needs of the military or
inclined to assess their situations or resolve their problems. I would be relieved to see the BRAC list
Thank you for reading this. I hope that you and your colleagues will consider the fate of not
only the individual military installations, but the disposition of the entire BRAC list.
gene W. Richard
36 Murray Drive
Rochester, NH 03868-7097
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