Letter from a concerned citizen in response to the recommendation regarding Jefferson Barracks ANG Page: 1 of 5
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22 July 2005
The Honorable Anthony J. Principi
Chairman JUL 2 5 2005
2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission
2521 South Clark Street, Suite 600 Received
Arlington, Virginia 22202-3920
Please reconsider the recommended realignment of the Air Guard Units stationed at
Jefferson Barracks Air National Guard Station, Missouri. It does not make good sense
to consolidate these units into the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport ANG Base.
First, without a flying mission, to keep Air Guard units at the airport under the center-line
of the new runway is unnecessary. It would make more sense to use the ample space
available at Jefferson Barracks (JB) and bring the 131st Expeditionary Combat Support
units here. Significant infrastructure improvements (capital investment of over 10 million
dollars) would be abandoned at JB and require duplication at the Lambert base.
Second, Jefferson Barracks is ideally suited to support all Air Guard missions that would
remain in St. Louis. No research was done in the BRAC process to evaluate the
resources available at JB. With 135 acres and numerous useful structures, we can
support current missions and future expansion here. (There is already an anticipated
expansion of the JB units.) The airport will always be constrained by the limited
availability of land.
Finally, JB is the heart of the Jefferson Barracks National Historic District. The State
Historic Preservation Office has already deplored the adverse effect of this realignment
on the district. Their will be a meeting in August which will explore their position stating
a major portion of JB is eligible for listing as a National Historic Landmark. The Air
Guard has been the operator and custodian of the oldest operating military installation
west of the Mississippi river since the Army Air Corps left after WWII. We shouldn't
abandon this treasure now.
I am attaching a position paper as further explanation of this letter. I would be happy to
provide additional information, as I feel this small part of realignment is not supported by
research into the facts of Jefferson Barracks. Thanks for your consideration.
Arthur F. Schuermann
Jefferson Barracks ANGS
65 Kearney Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63125
Attachment: Position Paper
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