RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO Page: 53 of 81
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Crane Naval Center Realignment 683 cut
Defense Finance Center Gain 3,495 added
Fort Wayne Air Guard Base Gain 313 added
Hulman Air Guard Base Realignment 136 cut
Newport Chemical Depot Close 571 cut
Others Various 221 cut
Total Gain or Loss 2,197 added
Reshuffling at bases concerns residents
The Indianapolis Star
Tammy Webber and Tim Evans
May 15, 2005
Those who live near facilities slated for job cuts, closing say effects could be devastating
BLOOMFIELD, Ind. -- Reed Wilkinson lit a cigarette, inhaled deeply and wondered aloud about
the future of this Southern Indiana town.
The day before, residents learned the area's largest employer -- Crane Division, Naval Surface
Warfare Center, with more than 4,000 workers -- would lose almost 700 jobs under a Pentagon
realignment. Wilkinson said he's not sure Bloomfield or the rest of the region could take more
"I'm glad they're saving 3,300 jobs," Wilkinson said, as a small group gathered at the Spot
Lounge nodded in agreement. "But 700 jobs is too much to lose. Keep this up, and there's not
going to be a Bloomfield."
About 55 miles northwest, in Vermillion County, residents near the U.S. Army's Newport
Chemical Depot expected the news that 571 jobs would be lost when the depot closes in a few
years. The only activity at the base, idle for almost 35 years, is ongoing destruction of the deadly
chemical nerve agent VX.
But residents near both bases say they're keenly aware that, while the military's Defense Finance
and Accounting Service center in Lawrence will get 3,495 new jobs under realignment, rural
Indiana will suffer the brunt of job losses.
Residents and state officials say there is a chance to make the best of the situation because bases
listed for closure or realignment could receive federal money for redevelopment.
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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/m1/53/: accessed May 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.