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COMMISSIONER SKINNER: The afternoon
hearing will come to order. I am Samuel Skinner,
and I have been designated as the chairperson for
this hearing as the Defense makes a reassignment
commission as it deals with the Air National Guard
issues. I am pleased today to be joined by my
fellow commissioners, Jim Bilbray, Harold Gehman and
Floyd Newton. They will be here today for the
session as well.
The purpose of our hearing this afternoon
is to hear testimony, first of all, from the
Department of Homeland Security as well as
representatives of the Adjutants General Association of the
United States regarding the Department of Defense of
BRAC recommendations. The commissioners have
traveled throughout the nation visiting many
installations and specifically Air National Guard
bases. A number of issues have been raised and
presented to the Commission regarding the Department
of Defense's recommendations.
We have heard representatives of Air
National Guard facilities speak of the potential
negative aspects the recommendations would have on
retention, recruitment and training. We've heard
them tell us how airport -- aircraft relocations may
not provide the optimum mix of how Guard support for
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United States. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. certified Atlanta Transcript (TAG) 063005, text, November 7, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc24463/m1/3/: accessed April 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.