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reuse air bases. Even the Department of Housing and Urban Development helps communities as
they address issues of the homeless.
The office helps communities also as they work with the military services.
"BRAC does not work if the community and the military services are not working closely
together regardless of growth or downsizing," O'Brien said.
The office has learned from past BRAC rounds conducted in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995.
Communities said the first thing they need is for OEA members to get to the communities as soon
as they can after the defense secretary announces the base realignment and closure
recommendations. "Basically, when the recommendations are released by the secretary and the
communities are ready to receive us, we're ready to go," O'Brien said.
The communities also told the office that representatives need to be realistic.
"Communities said people told them that BRAC is an easy process to work through: It is anything
but," he said. "Communities view (the Office of Economic Adjustment) as an honest broker in the
process," and they count on the office to deliver a realistic appraisal of what lies ahead for
Finally, the communities said they needed more support in looking at the environmental
situations at the bases.
The most important thing O'Brien said he learned over the past four BRAC rounds is that
communities span the range of capabilities. "Some communities have little capacity and require a
lot of assistance, and other communities are very sophisticated and they are looking for a different
menu of support," he said. The office, working with the military departments, must tailor
approaches to the communities. There is no "one-size fits all" in the BRAC process, O'Brien
CAAA miss out on cuts
Linton Daily Citizen
May 16, 2005
CRANE -- Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) -- the major tenant at Naval Surface
Warfare Center, Crane Division -- emerged from Friday's base realignment and closure
recommendations with no cuts in personnel numbers and came away with a new name for its
Also, there is the likelihood that CAAA's workforce numbers might even increase, according to
comments made by Crane AAA commanding officer Col. Todd Smith at a Friday afternoon news
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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/m1/57/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.