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Louis, shedding more than 900 workers.
Also slated for closing are the Army National Guard Reserve Center at Jefferson Barracks in St.
Louis; the Marine Corps Support Center, and Navy Recruiting District Headquarters, both in
Kansas City; and the Navy Reserve Center in Cape Girardeau.
A fighter-jet wing based at Lambert Airport in St. Louis would be moved to Air Force bases in
Nellis, Nev., and Atlantic City, N.J., the city said Friday.
Jeff Rainford, chief of staff to Mayor Slay, said Slay, St. Louis County Executive Charles
Dooley, U.S. Sens. Kit Bond and Jim Talent, and Rep. William Lacy Clay sent a letter to the Air
Force two months ago requesting a meeting to try and save the Lambert base.
"They sent back a letter that basically said 'thanks, but no thanks,' " Rainford said. "That was the
first point we had an indication that there was a problem.
"It is an emotional hit for the region," Rainford said, noting that Bond and Talent "are going to
take the lead in convincing the commission this is a bad idea both militarily and from a homeland
The Missouri Department of Economic Development had no immediate statement on how the
state might help recover jobs and assist dislocated workers. A spokesman said the department
would have a statement later Friday.
Bond scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. Friday at Lambert Airport.
The list of base closures and realignments, prepared by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, is
part of the military's effort to save money and make itself leaner to meet post-Cold War needs.
Roger Still, spokesman for Defense Finance and Accounting Service's regional office in Denver,
said employees in the division were "literally going over the lists ourselves," and had no
He said DFAS is the payroll department for U.S. military personnel and Department of Defense
Finance Office Withdraws From Barstow
Lance Cpl. Nich R. Babb
Department Of Defense U.S. Marine Corps News
May 19, 2005
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. (May 19, 2005) -- The finance office
at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow is preparing to pick up and relocate its Marines to units
throughout the Corps this summer in an effort to better support the Corps' overall mission. It is
estimated that by June 30 financeial services provided by the finance office will be turned over to
MCRD San Diego.
The move will put more finance Marines in a position where they can be deployed in support of
combat operations, said Gunnery Sgt. Eric Garrett, finance chief.
The units that the Marines are transferring to are the 1st Force Service Support Group, Marine
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