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Thursday, Warner told the independent Base
Closure and Realignment Commission that he
has several amendments on file that would halt
or otherwise change the base-closure process,
and expects more at the end of the August
recess. He added that he hopes the chamber can
"steadfastly move ahead with our bill" with no
changes to the law.
Warner, a longtime BRAC champion who
helped write and revise base-closure law,
continued to defend the process, saying it is
"essential to the country that this BRAC process
But he joined other lawmakers from Virginia in
defending the Master Jet Base at Oceana Naval
Air Station, a last-minute addition to the list of
military installations under consideration for
closure. Warner, along with Sen. George Allen,
R-Va., and Democratic Gov. Mark Warner, said
there is no alternative location on the East Coast
for the jet base, which provides 10,000 civilian
and military jobs. Commissioners voted last
month to add Oceana to Defense Secretary
Rumsfeld's list of recommended base closures
because of concerns that development in the
Virginia Beach area was encroaching on the
base and impeding flight-training missions.
Adm. Michael Mullen, chief of naval operations,
acknowledged that training at Oceana is "not
ideal," but said the Navy does not have the
resources to open another jet base by 2011, as
required if Oceana is closed. "I fully support"
the Defense Department's desire to have an East
Coast major jet base, Mullen told the
commission. "That base certainly for the
foreseeable future is NAS Oceana." Within
several days, the commission plans to send
staffers to Florida's Cecil Field, the Navy's only
other East Coast master jet base until it was
closed in 1999. Several commissioners have
expressed interest in studying whether reopening
the former base, now a general aviation airport,
could be an option if Oceana is closed.
BRAC to hear Air Guard issue
Copley News Service
August 5, 2005
The independent base closing commission has
scheduled a hearing next Thursday to focus on
whether Air National Guard units such as the
one located in Springfield, Ill., should be
included in the base closing process.
The commission seeks to ensure that the
Pentagon's base closing recommendations,
especially those pertaining to the Air National
Guard, "do not undermine the unique mission
responsibilities of the Department of Homeland
Security," the invitations to the hearing stated.
The hearing was scheduled at the request of Maj.
Gen. Roger Lempke of Nebraska on behalf of
the Adjutants General Association of the United
States, said Robert McCreary, a spokesman for
the Base Closing and Realignment Commission.
In a letter to the commission last month, Lempke
had argued that closing or realigning Air
National Guard units would be beyond the scope
of the Base Closure Act, the federal legisation
which created the BRAC process. He said his
group has a plan that would provide for air
defense protection of all regions in the
continental United States.
The governors of Illinois and Pennsylvania have
filed suit against the Pentagon alleging it doesn't
have the authority to move or change the
composition of units without the approval of a
state's governor. The Pentagon has
recommended the closure or realignment of
about 30 Air National Guard bases including
Springfield's 183rd Fighter Wing.
Among those invited to testify at the hearing are
representatives of the Adjutants General
Association, the Defense Department, the
Homeland Security Department, the Air Force
and the National Guard Bureau.
Kulongoski says he'll sue to block Guard
The governor tells the defense secretary he
won't agree to losing 18 F-15s jets and 100
military members at Portland's air base
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