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Congreaq of the Uniteb &tated
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*lasington, iC 20515
June 14, 1995
The Honorable Alan J. Dixon
Chairman, Defense Base Closure
and Realignment Commission
1700 North Moore Street
Arlington, VA 22209
Dear Chairman Dixon:
As members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, we
are very concerned about the future of Pennsylvania's remaining
military bases. As you are aware, the Department of Defense has
recommended that additional Pennsylvania bases be closed or
massively realigned. We ask that before you approve this year's
recommendations that you consider the benefits of locating
military bases in Pennsylvania and that you are mindful of the
disproportionate burden that Pennsylvania has carried in the
Pennsylvania's military installations contribute
significantly to the defense of our nation. Our strategic
location, superior transportation network and world-class work
force make our Commonwealth uniquely qualified to host military
bases. Moreover, Pennsylvania's history of support of national
defense is unparalleled anywhere in the nation.
Despite these advantages, Pennsylvania is no stranger to the
BRAC process. Our Commonwealth has been stung many times by the
process, and contributed more that its fair share in the name of
downsizing and reducing spending.
We have enclosed a graph that specifically shows the burden
that Pennsylvania has borne in the base closure process. As you
can see Pennsylvania will be second to only California in terms
of net jobs lost from the BRAC process if this year's
recommendations are approved. Even more disturbing is the column
in which losses are viewed in proportion to total defense jobs in
each state that shows that Pennsylvania will suffer a greater
proportionate hit than California.
Pennsylvania supports the BRAC Commission and your
critically important role. However, as one state with relatively
few defense personnel, we have paid more than our fair share. As
you make your decisions, we ask that you remember the significant
advantages that Pennsylvania bases offer as well as the
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