RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO Page: 16 of 81
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The announcement came as a surprise to Overland Mayor Bob Dody. "We hate to lose any
employer in our community, especially one of this size," Dody said.
Councilwoman Mary Beth Conlon, 2nd Ward, said she is concerned about the yet-to-be
determined financial impact on sales-tax revenue in Overland, if the command office relocates.
Conlon said that although the federal government pays no real estate taxes on its office in
Overland, its employees spend money at local businesses.
"We could have 2,000 fewer people in town purchasing gas, cigarettes and going to restaurants,"
The command center is a joint operation with Alexandria, Va., and a satellite office in
Indianapolis. The St. Louis office consists of 709 military positions and 1,234 civilian jobs.
The three locations would be combined and relocated to Fort Knox, Ky. All three sites are leased
space, which Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wants to reduce as part of his plan to
strengthen U.S. armed forces worldwide and save the Defense Department more than $60 billion.
The Commission on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommended closing 33 major
bases and realigning 29 more. The St. Louis area would lose some units under the BRAC
proposal. The 131st Air National Guard F-15 Fighter Wing, situated at nearby Lambert Field,
also could be moved as part of the Pentagon's proposal.
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, 4300 Goodfellow Boulevard, would send the
work of its 293 employees to undetermined sites. And several Guard and Reserve positions
throughout the area would be moved.
In good news, Scott Air Force Base in Illinois was spared and will add about 800 jobs through
closures and reassignments.
Overland officials, like other communities across the country, are playing the waiting game.
President George W. Bush has until Sept. 23 to accept or reject the BRAC's list, in its entirety. If
Bush accepts the list, it becomes final within 45 days unless Congress approves a joint resolution
rejecting the entire package. If Bush rejects the list, the commission must submit a revised list to
the president by Oct. 20. The president must approve or reject that list in its entirety by Nov. 7. If
the list is approved, bases would close during the next six years.
Dody and Conlon said the council would work with U.S. Senators Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-
Mo., and Jim Talent, R-Mo., and U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., D-Mo., as well as state and
county officials, in an effort to try to prevent the relocation of the Human Resources Command.
"I would hope for a robust response by the community to lobby, to try to keep the office here,"
Conlon said. "The goal is to get the community engaged."
Conlon admits that the municipality's fight could get lost in the shuffle, with the attention
centered the potential relocation of the F-15s from Lambert Field to bases in Nevada and Atlantic
"Fighter planes have a higher profile," Conlon said. "Our job is to create attention, write letters
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United States. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO, legal document, November 4, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc24404/m1/16/: accessed May 27, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.