Letter from a concerned citizen in response to the recommendation regarding Jefferson Barracks ANG Page: 2 of 5
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Facts on Base Realignment for Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Department of Defense (DoD) proposes under Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
that the F-15 Fighter package be removed from the Air Guard Base at Lambert
International Airport. It then proposes several actions at the Air National Guard Station
at Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County. If the F-15s somehow can be saved from
removal, this paper loses much of its meaning. Then the major action proposed at
Jefferson Barracks (JB) cannot happen. BRAC proposes to move both Air Guard units at
JB to the vacated space at the Lambert Base. It also proposes to move the Army reserves
from their buildings on JB. While not stated directly, the Army Reserves will probably
move into the new Army Reserve Forces Center that BRAC indicates to be built at JB.
This paper addresses a response to these proposals if as is likely the F-15s are moved
from the Airport. There should be a plan that focuses on the best future for the units at
Jefferson Barracks and the remainder of the support forces at the airport. The following
supports the further usage of Jefferson Barracks rather than trying to keep an Air Guard
presence at the airport after they have nothing to fly. The key issues are:
--The South County will lose the value of 57 full time employees, almost 400 traditional
guardsmen (present one weekend per month and for some annual training). It will also
lose the value of the Air Force investment in the capital improvement and maintenance of
the 20 buildings that they currently occupy. These structures and the four buildings used
by the Army Reserves will become vacant. BRAC proposes no military reuse of these
while JB will remain a military installation. Thus the vacant property only becomes a
liability to the base at JB.
--The base at the airport would gain the Air Guard units from JB (occupying vacated
space after the F-15s are removed). This space would need extensive investment to make
it suitable to use by the Air Guard. The Air Guard has invested well over 10 million
dollars for capital improvements to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the JB units.
Much of these improvements will need to be duplicated in the square footage allotted for
the move to the airport. This duplication of effort is hard to justify.
--Jefferson Barracks sits on 135 Acres and can support any forseeable expansion. There
is a considerable amount of vacant building space that could support substantial growth,
as well as vacant land for new structures. It would make more sense to move the
remaining Air Guard support units from the Airport to JB. The acreage and space at the
Airport would welcome an economic reuse that would benefit the entire metropolitan
area. This is the opposite of the consequences of vacating Jefferson Barracks (no
beneficial economic reuse).
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Letter from a concerned citizen in response to the recommendation regarding Jefferson Barracks ANG, letter, July 30, 2005; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19114/m1/2/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.