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Crane to see jobs cuts under Pentagon proposal
By RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press Writer
The Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center will remain open, but lose nearly 700 of its 4,000 jobs
under the Pentagon's proposed military base closures.
The list given Friday morning to congressional offices has nearly 3,500 jobs being added to the
Defense Finance and Accounting Service at the former Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis.
That center now has about 3,000 mostly civilian workers at the Army's accounting headquarters.
No major base closings in Indiana were included on the list.
The Pentagon's list, however, does include about 140 job cuts at the Air National Guard station at
the Terre Haute International Airport and the addition of some 300 jobs to the Air Guard base at
Fort Wayne's airport.
It also includes the anticipated closing of the Newport Chemical Depot in western Indiana after
the destruction of the VX nerve agent stored there is completed.
Overall, the Pentagon's proposal has the state gaining nearly 2,200 jobs at the military sites.
Members of Indiana's congressional delegation said the mostly civilian jobs being added to the
finance center in Indianapolis were coming from other centers around the country.
"This is great news for all of Indiana, and I am almost overjoyed," Rep. Steve Buyer said. "As
much as all of want to claim victory, this is victory for us only in the first round."
Crane, about 30 miles southwest of Bloomington, has been the state's largest military employer
and had been the Indiana site considered most endangered by the base closing process.
Many who live in the small towns around Crane had worried about its future.
Ja'Lene Meece, of Washington, has relatives who work about 20 miles away at Crane said the job
cuts there would be harmful.
"I think it's still going to hurt," she said Friday. "Everybody's looking for jobs."
Indiana officials have already made plans to lobby to have Crane removed from the list.
Former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, whom Gov. Mitch Daniels hired to lobby for Crane in Washington,
has said he and other officials were already prepared to talk to the Base Realignment and Closure
Mike Gentile, executive director of the Southern Indiana Business Alliance, said the lobbying
moves into another phase after Friday's announcement.
"There's still an opportunity for getting your two cents in," Gentile said Thursday.
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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/m1/63/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.