Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/24/05 to Chairman Principi from Carol Meissner, Town Clerk of Evans, NY Page: 2 of 12
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$ Chairman Anthony J. Principi
Base Realignment and Closure Commission
2521 South Clark Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Chairman Principi and BRAC Commisioners:
I was upset by the Defense Department's recommendation to close the Niagara Falls Air
Force Reserve and Guard base. This recommendation is not in the nation's best interest
and the BRAC Commission should reverse this decision and remove them from the
It is hard to understand why the Air Force has decided to take planes, missions and jobs
away from so many Air Guard and Air Reserve bases and put them on the more costly
Active Duty bases.
Also, even the newspapers say that we are facing significant challenges in recruiting
during war time. As the only remaining major military installation in Western New
York, Niagara Falls has been key to military recruitment.
The impact of this decision will be devastating to the New York Air National Guard and
will make the Pentagon's efforts to recruit and retain military personnel even more
difficult than it is now.
All New Yorkers stand with the Niagara Falls/Western New York community and are
united in its support for this base, and its retention. Overturn the Pentagon's
recommendation and keep the base open.
(A concerned Citizen)
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Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/24/05 to Chairman Principi from Carol Meissner, Town Clerk of Evans, NY, letter, August 26, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc23267/m1/2/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.