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support the local tax base and the local economy for years to come. With the support of the new
combat brigade and other new commands, a net gain of 1,739 civilian jobs will be created at Fort
Knox, and an estimated $100 million in military construction funds needed to accomplish the
move will be added, and this means good paying construction jobs for Kentuckians.
Fort Campbell, home of the most lethal fighting divisions in the world with the 101st Airborne,
was essentially untouched by the DOD's recommendations. This base will be strengthened by the
gain of the 52nd Explosive Ordnance Group, a new reserve center, and a maintenance shop. Fort
Campbell will continue to be a model Forces Command base in the Army.
Bluegrass Army Depot will also see a gain of a reserve center to offset the loss of reserve centers
in other areas of the Commonwealth. The army also plans to move a munitions maintenance
group to the depot. With the commitment of the army to start destroying the aging chemical
weapons, Bluegrass Army Depot will become increasingly safer to the residents of Madison
Lastly, the Air National Guard Station in Louisville will gain four C-130s and an Expeditionary
Combat Support Unit. These additions will only strengthen one of the best air guard units in the
country and shows the confidence the DOD has in our Louisville air guard.
The recommendations made by the DOD is just the first step in this BRAC Commission process.
Nothing is set in stone, and now the Commission will be studying and evaluating these DOD
recommendations. Later this year a final list will be presented to President Bush for his approval,
and then the list is voted on as a whole in Congress.
A lot can happen between now and then, but as it stands today, Kentucky has fared pretty well
compared to other states that have outright and altogether lost forts and bases. These
recommendations confirm that the DOD values Kentucky's military history and might, and has
plans for our Commonwealth and citizens to play a major role in the transformation and future of
strengthening our Army.
U.S. News & World Report
Julian E. Barnes
May 23, 2005
After five years of preaching the necessity of a nimbler military, Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld last week took perhaps the most important step in the quest to turn his vision of the
future into reality.
The announcement that the Defense Department would propose closing 33 of the nation's 425
major bases sent shudders through communities from Kittery, Maine, to Clovis, N.M. While
some cities like Corpus Christi, Texas, would probably little notice the economic impact of the
closure, other places, like Rapid City, S.D., would surely feel the loss of their bases acutely.
Although Rumsfeld and other officials acknowledged the economic turbulence to come, they
emphasized that they were taking advantage of an opportunity to reorganize the armed forces and
change the way the nation fights.
There have been four previous rounds of base realignment and closure--BRAC in Pentagon
patois--since 1988, and they were all fundamentally about saving money by doing away with
unneeded facilities. The government estimates it saved $ 29 billion between 1988 and 2003 by
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