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through incineration to be part of our role to support the Armed Forces. We are proud of
our work ethic and of our reputation as a working class region that renders patriotic
service to the war fighter. We acknowledge the increased military value by establishing a
rubberizing process at Anniston Army to denude and vulcanize track and other rubber
related components. (Exhibit 9: Memorandum for Record") DoD's Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC) recommendation to move the existing rubber processing plant for
denuding and re-rubberizing reclaimed track and other rubber products to that Anniston
Army Depot will greatly enhance military value. The new state-of the-art facility would
provide a second source for major OEM, United Defense, whose facility is located only
five miles from the Depot. The location minimizes transportation costs to both parties,
provides increased surge capacity, allows DoD to meet the requirements of the 20 year
Force Plan, supports Future Combat System requirements, and more readily "spirals in "
new technologies in both band and steel track. Officials from the Depot and from our
offices have communicated with top officials at the Alabama Department of
Environmental (ADEM) management who have examined the necessary permit
requirements and report that ADEM reports that they currently see no problem granting
any and all permits required for that facility or any other permit that would be made
necessary as a result of the new missions.
The State of Alabama has committed necessary resources to develop a road network that
provides a 5-lane access road to Interstate 20 and also build roads and bridges to enable
the Depot to develop over 280 acres of land along Highway 202. (Exhibit 10: "Site
Map") The state will provide free AIDT training and will continue to fund the teacher
units necessary to support the Depot's high school co-op program.
Housing in our area is readily available with housing inventory that includes anything
from rural estates to city apartments, from established historic neighborhoods to new
subdivisions currently under development in nearby smaller communities (175 new home
sites are less than 10 miles from the Depot) from mountain homes on one of the area's
five mountains to lake homes on Lake Logan Martin or on the Coosa River. (Exhibit 11:
"Housing Availability") The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce will be happy to
assist persons wishing to relocate from other installation communities. The Chamber has
rendered service in the past for relocating industries and is available to go to areas, make
presentations, provide information and assist with "settle in" functions, such as utility
If you would like additional information, please feel free to call on any of our offices.
(Exhibit 12: "Contacts") Again, we embrace the possibility of growth at Anniston Army
Depot as it becomes the Department of Defense Center for Industrial and Technical
Excellence for Ground Combat Vehicles - Tracked and Wheeled.
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Community Response to Request From COL Raulerson, text, September 19, 2005; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc22207/m1/3/: accessed February 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.