RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO Page: 71 of 81
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A4. The current BRAC round is the culmination of over two years of research by DoD in
an effort to transform the military to counter changing global threats. As such, the
Commission will perform a thorough, accurate, and objective analysis which will take
into account, chiefly, the military value of the installation, but will also consider other
factors. Please be assured that the Commission will make a full evaluation, as prescribed
by law, before coming to its conclusions and formulating its suggestions.
Q5. If the 440th Airlift Wing were realigned the community could suffer significant
economic loss. In addition, the loss of the 440th would also mean the loss of an
important civil function-the fire response capability of the Unit. Will the
Commission consider this side effect in its recommendation?
A5. The Commission will take into account, chiefly, the military value of the base, but
will also consider other factors. The Commission understands the significant impact that
realignment of a base can have on a community. Communities and military installations
form unique relationships and become progressively dependent on one another over time.
As such, the Commission will carefully analyze the ramifications that could occur from
the suggestions made by DoD, should those suggestions be enacted, before the
Commission comes to its final conclusion.
Q6. Currently, there are roughly 357 personnel from the 440th on Active Duty-of
that number, roughly 200 are serving in the Iraq Theater. Does the Commission
consider the effects on morale when recommendations to close or realign an
installation are presented?
A6. The criteria upon which the Commission is to make its analysis and suggestions has
been specifically outlined by law. The Commission will perform a full evaluation of the
effects that could be had by the closure or re-installation, with the most important
consideration, taken into account by the Commission, being military value. The
Commission is very aware of the human impact that these suggestions could have, should
the suggestions be enacted, yet at the same time, the Commission is committed to
ensuring that the decisions to close or realign an installation have been based almost
entirely upon military value, and as such, have been made in the interest of our country.
The Commission will work tirelessly to ensure that the proposed recommendations have
been made according to law and only after all pertinent factors have been evaluated.
Q7. How can the Community make the Commission aware of information that the
Community feels may have been overlooked by DoD?
A7. 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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