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The decision to redeploy American troops from Korea and Germany to domestic bases has
blunted some of the pain of base closure. Some of the bases that have been considered for closure
in earlier rounds, like Fort Riley, Kan., and Fort Carson, Colo., were designated by the Pentagon
last week for expansion--because of large training areas and newly renovated railroad connections
that allow rapid deployment. Another winner was Texas: Fort Bliss will receive troops coming
home from Germany. Some could not resist pointing out that it also made for good politics to
move troops back to Colorado, Texas, and Kansas. "Those are red states by the way, if you
haven't noticed," says Bill Nash, a retired major general now with the Council on Foreign
Relations. "This is a great opportunity to take care of your friends and lessen the impact of
The closure list also reflects Rumsfeld's desire for an integrated military in which the Army,
Navy, and Air Force not only fight together but train side by side and share facilities. In years
past, individual services have largely chosen which bases will close. This time around, Rumsfeld
was determined to change the process. "The Rumsfeld people ... are making the services work
together," says Christopher Hellman, a military analyst with the Center for Arms Control and
And the final list reflects that emphasis. Walter Reed Army Medical Center would be largely
shuttered and combined with the National Naval Medical Center to create a joint hospital. "Does
it really matter what uniform a doctor wears?" Hellman asks. Pentagon officials also pointed to
their proposal to create combined training centers for cooks and truck drivers at Fort Lee, Va. (at
the expense of Lackland Air Force Base, Texas). Several Army and Air Force bases like Fort Dix
and McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base in
Washington State would consolidate their operations. And the 7th Special Forces Group would
leave Fort Bragg, N.C., to work with Air Force Special Operations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
In previous rounds, about 15 percent of the Pentagon decisions have been overturned by the
BRAC commission. Pentagon officials believe this time there will be fewer overrides, in part
because of new rules and in part because they believe the services have done a better job of
evaluating what's needed. The next months will show whether that confidence is merited. But
even if the list remains relatively unchanged, it will take years to see just how successful
Rumsfeld's plan is. It is easy to talk about making the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines work
together more closely. It is more difficult to make it happen.
Base Closure Commission To Visit 20 Bases This Week
The Associated Press
May 23, 2005
The commission reviewing the Pentagon's recommended base closings will travel to 20 bases this
week to learn more about military installations slated to be closed.
The nine commissioners will split into small groups to tour 20 sites in 11 states between Tuesday
and Friday. The states are Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North
Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
"The site visits are the main forum by which our commissioners and our staff learn the details of
what military activities are really happening at the base, how the Department of Defense
Recommendations would affect the installation and whether base closure criteria were applied
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