Letter from US Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning to Chairman Principi dtd 05 August 2005 Page: 1 of 12
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WASHINGTON, DC 20510
August 5, 2005
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The Honorable Anthony Princpi
Chairman, Base Realignment and Closure Commission Received
Polk Building, Suites 600 and 625
2521 South Clark Street
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Dear Chairman Principi:
We write to provide some final thoughts regarding the future of military installations in
the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This letter will avoid restating the points that we raised
in the testimony and the letter we submitted for the record on June 20, 2005 (see
Attachments No. 1 and 2). It also will not reiterate the arguments with respect to
potential realignment of the Patton Museum, which we laid out in our letter to you of
August 1, 2005 (see Attachment No, 3). We ask that you review this letter in conjunction
with these other three documents.
There are three final issues that have come to light recently that we would like to
address: 1) the need for flexibility in the implementation of the Base Realignment and
Closure (BRAC) Commission recommendation to move the Armor School to Fort
Benning; 2) the need for four C-130H planes to be returned to Louisville, Kentucky, a
DOD recommendation we support but which has been thrown into question due to
concern about the BRAC Commission's legal authority to realign certain Air National
Guard assets; and 3) the need to implement DOD's recommendation to establish its
Center for Personnel Excellence at Fort Knox.
First. the implementation of the BRAC recommendations is both a large and complex
process, one we fear may have a temporary, negative effect on sustaining the Army's
war-fighting capability at both Fort Knox and Fort Benning. We ask that the
Commission's final recommendation be written in a way that maximizes the Army's
flexibility in implementing this recommendation. It is essential that the Army be given
the flexibility to take any action necessary to sustain its war-fighting capability while
establishing the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
Second, we recognize the difficult legal problem with which you have been presented
regarding the BRAC Commission's authority to realign Air National Guard assets. We
believe that however this legal dispute is decided, four C-1 30H planes should be returned
to Louisville. If it is determined that the BRAC Commission does in fact have the
authority to realign Air National Guard assets, then DOD's recommendation that four
planes be transferred from Nashville, Tennessee should be implemented for the reasons
we state below.
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