RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO Page: 65 of 81
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The proposed changes, which must be reviewed by an independent commission and approved by
Congress and the president, are part of the military's effort to cut spending on excessive
infrastructure and reorganize to fight modern threats like terrorism.
Other proposed changes in Indiana include:
-- Adding 313 jobs at the Air Guard Station in Fort Wayne;
-- Eliminating 136 jobs at the Air Guard Station in Terre Haute;
-- Closing the Navy Marine Corps Reserve Center at Grissom Air Force Base, a loss of seven
-- Closing the Navy Recruiting District Headquarters in Indianapolis, a loss of 38 jobs;
-- Closing the Army Reserve Center in Lafayette, a loss of 21 jobs.
Changes to Reserve installations comprise the majority of the Pentagon's recommendations
The list also includes the expected closure of the Newport Chemical Depot, with its 571 jobs,
after the military has finished destroying the deadly Cold War-era nerve agent VX stored there.
Work is expected to be done in 2008.
"We all know that we're in the process of working ourselves out of a job," said Terry Arthur,
public affairs officer at Newport.
Ed Cole, director of the Vermillion County Economic Development Council, said being on the
closure list might give the area a better chance to seek federal transition assistance. Local leaders
already are contemplating ways to use the 7,000 acres at Newport, probably as an industrial park,
Previous base closing commissions took away the active duty military at Grissom Air Force Base,
closed the Jefferson Proving Ground and Fort Benjamin Harrison and privatized the Indianapolis
Naval Air Warfare Center. Indiana lost 84 percent of its active-duty military, the third-largest
percentage decrease in active duty military in the nation.
In the economically strapped Martin County town of Loogootee, where 67 percent of jobs are tied
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