RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO Page: 33 of 81
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A4. Primarily, the Commission will evaluate the military value of an installation it its
analysis of the Pentagon's recommendations. However, the Commission will also
consider the economic, environmental, and other effects that the BRAC recommendations
would have, should they be enacted, on the surrounding community. The Commission
appreciates the role that military installations play in local economies and will thoroughly
and objectively analyze the DoD recommendations to determine their feasibility.
Q5. Recently, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-II), who represents the district which includes the
installation, has referred to the realignment as "a fairly minor adjustment." In light
of Gov. Blagojevich's commitment to fight the changes, will the Representative's
comments influence the Commissions final recommendation?
A5. The Congress established the Commission as a non-partisan entity to objectively
evaluate the DoD recommendations. The process of evaluation, followed by the
Commission, has been set forth by law. In this analysis, military value is the most
important factor to the Commission as DoD seeks to streamline our military to meet
changing global threats. The Commission will consider all pertinent factors in its
analysis, including the economic, environmental and other effects on the local
Q6. How can the Community make the Commission aware of information that the
Community feels may have been overlooked by DoD?
A6. The BRAC Commission encourages community input into this transparent and
objective process. The public may submit comments through the Commission's official
website, which is www.brac.gov.
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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/m1/33/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.