Letter from US Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning to Chairman Principi dtd 05 August 2005 Page: 6 of 12
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Attachment No. 1
Finally, relocation of the Louisville Detachment could very well be costly for the U.S. taxpayer.
For instance, the cost of living in northern New Jersey is significantly higher than that of
For these reasons, we strongly urge you to reexamine DOD's recommendation to relocate the
National Guard and Reserves
We are pleased with the Army's decision to include the Adjutant General of each state in the
decisions to transform the guard forces. Kentucky's Guard and Reserve forces have been active
participants in the Global War on Terror and deserve the respect that their active brethren
receive. We applaud the efforts to ensure they receive the same high-quality training
opportunities that will exist at the new armed forces Reserve Centers that the Department has
Furthermore, we welcome the addition of four C-130s from Nashville, Tennessee, as we expand
the Louisville Air Guard to 12 aircraft. The Louisville unit is one of the best in the country, with
11 Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, the most in the Air National Guard. Minimal resources
will be needed to accommodate the additional aircraft because Louisville was home to twelve C-
130s until the Air Guard decided to restructure last year. In addition, the aircraft will be ideally
placed to conduct joint service training missions with the new brigade combat team at Fort Knox.
We are pleased that DOD has recommended that Fort Campbell remain one of the premier
power-projection platforms in DOD's inventory. The power projection and joint-service
operational capability of the base is highlighted by the Army's longest airfield, which is not only
outfitted with staging and loading facilities for rapid deployment via Air Force C-17 aircraft, but
also covers some 2,500 acres to support future missions and stationing at the installation. Four
Infantry Brigade Combat Teams, a Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade, a Containment Brigade, a
UEx Headquarters, the 5th Special Forces Group and the 160th Special Operations Aviation
Regiment will remain at Fort Campbell. Based on the net impacts of Modular Force
Transformation and BRAC-related actions, it was recommended that there be an increase of
approximately 300 soldiers over the FY2003 to FY2011 time period, and we welcome these
additions. We look forward to working with DOD to ensure that our warfighters at Fort
Campbell are well prepared and well equipped.
Blue Grass Army Depot
We are pleased with the Department's decision to consolidate operations such as munitions
maintenance at the Blue Grass Army Depot. The Blue Grass Army Depot will take on new
importance as a DOD Munitions Center of Excellence, and will become a focal point for one of
the most critical aspects of Army combat capability--the ammunition on which our soldiers
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