Letter from a concerned citizen in regards to Scott Air Force Base Page: 1 of 2
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600 Lakeland Crescent AUG 52 205
Yorktown, VA 23693 Received
August 11, 2005
2005 Defense Base Closure and
2521 S. Clark St., Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202
Members of the BRAC Commission:
Headquarters' Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), SDDC
Operations and the SDDC Transportation Engineering Agency are identified to move to
Scott AFB, IL, to be consolidated with USTRANSCOM. SDDC is responsible for all
ground transportation and transportation engineering for the Department of Defense and
is currently extremely visible in their efforts to transport personnel and equipment in
support of OEF/OIF. Ongoing plans had called for relocating the entire command to Ft
Eustis, VA, where it is strategically located to the east coast and many organizations that
it works with. SDDC has already been impacted by many personnel moves, including the
closing of both Bayonne Military Ocean Terminal (MOT) and Oakland MOT, and their
consolidation to northern Virginia at HQ's SDDC. Following that, the operations portion
of the command was relocated to Ft Eustis a number of years ago in a new building in
anticipation of the location of the entire command to Ft Eustis in later years.
Accordingly, the command has already been subjected to significant reorganization
impacts, not to mention reductions in force. Some personnel have already been moved at
least two times.
Anyone who has visited Scott AFB recognizes that it is not in a strategic location. Its
location, significantly east of St Louis, makes access/egress very inefficient and time
consuming. Being an administrative headquarters, USTRANSCOM personnel are
continually traveling to DC and other destinations. Just the one hour trip each way to the
airport in St Louis is a significant loss of work time and TDY costs on each trip. Over
time, the personnel strength of the administrative headquarters of USTRANSOM has
grown to some 1700 personnel, which approaches the strength of the three operating sub-
The numbers that the DOD BRAC office determined in cost savings related to relocating
SDDC to Scott AFB are questionable. I believe that the Commission has questioned the
validity of other BRAC savings estimates at hearings that have been held across the
country. The numbers all seem to be underestimated in costs and inflated in potential
savings. Considering the realistic cost of constructing a new building for SDDC at Scott
AFB and relocation costs, not to mention future increased TDY and personnel time costs,
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Letter from a concerned citizen in regards to Scott Air Force Base, letter, August 17, 2005; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc20872/m1/1/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.