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Training and Doctrine Command. Its
redevelopment prospects are unclear.
Kentucky's Fort Knox will survive at the
expense of its famous armor school, which is
moving to Fort Benning in Georgia. In
exchange, the post will hold the newly
consolidated Army Human Resources Command
and a new active combat unit. While losing its
temporary student population, the post will gain
about 4,800 permanent personnel.
Thompson said communities sometimes benefit
more from closing a base than from simply
gutting it by removing key missions.
"The problem that communities losing jobs face
is that they're not going to have immediate
access to the bases," Thompson said. "They have
workers leaving, which has an economic impact,
and nothing really being created in their place
that would keep the economy intact."
Congressmen ask Bush to reconsider base
closings in light of Katrina
The Associated Press State & Local Wire
September 12, 2005
U.S. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi and U.S.
Rep. Solomon Ortiz of Texas are asking
President Bush to keep open two Naval stations
on the Gulf Coast that had been targeted for
closure, citing the need for such facilities to
respond to catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina.
The Base Realignment and Closure Commission
recently voted to shutdown Naval Station
Pascagoula and Naval Station Ingleside.
Lott, R-Miss., and Ortiz, D-Texas, wrote Bush a
letter last week saying the United States "must
improve our federal homeland defense
emergency response capability, particularly for
the Gulf Coast region."
The request comes at a time when many officials
and members of Congress are being highly
critical of the response to the hurricane.
Lott said that removing all ships home-ported in
the gulf and stripping the region of its only
operational helicopter squadron would have
slowed relief efforts even more. He said
personnel from the base in his hometown of
Pascagoula, a city hit hard by the storm, were
some of the first responders on the scene.
"The relocation of these assets to the east and
west coast would mean that our response to this
crisis would been even more hampered by the
four-day steam from Norfolk, Va., to the Gulf of
Mexico," he said.
Pascagoula would lose 963 military personnel
and support workers if Bush signs off on the
BRAC plan. The base opened in 1992 and is
now home to five ships. Ingleside is home of the
Navy's mine warfare training center. The
Pentagon estimates the closing could cost more
than 6,000 jobs there.
Lott said that if Bush did not intervene and the
bases are closed, an alternative could be to
create multi-agency homeland security facilities
in the Mississippi and Texas locations.
"Our states are leading the way to support the
victims of this disaster and will again if required
in the future," Lott and Ortiz wrote. "However,
we feel a responsibility to highlight pending
decisions, which if implemented, would only
further degrade the security of the Gulf Coast
and our national energy production and
DoD Revitalization Plan Prompts Fear Of
BRAC Cleanup Fights
Inside the Army
September 12, 2005
A proposed Defense Department rule for
revitalizing bases slated for closure in the latest
base realignment and closure round could
prompt new disputes over land transfers and
cleanup, according to redevelopment and local
government sources, who say DOD's proposal
goes too far in seeking to maximize property
BRAC Commission Early Bird
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