Commission on Review of Overseas Military Facility Structure of the United States - FINAL REPORT Page: 1 of 193
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Commission on Review of Overseas Military Facility Structure
of the United States
1655 N. Fort Myer Dr. Suite 700 Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 351-3300 Fax (703) 351-5295
Hon. Al Cornella, Chairman
* IMG Lewis E. Curtis I, USAF (Ret)
VADM Anthony Less, USN (Ret)
BG Keith Martin, PAARNG (Ret)
LTG H.G. (Pete) Taylor, USA (Ret)
Dr. James A. Thomson
August 15, 2005
To the President of the United States:
The Commission on Review of the Overseas Military Facility Structure of the United States,
also known as, the Overseas Basing Conmmission, hereby transmits its Report to the President and the
Congress as required by P.L. 108-132, Sec 128, and as amended by P.L. 108-324, Sec. 127.
The Commission derived its conclusions and recommendations from approximately a year of
discussions, analyses, and reviews of various issues and consulted with numerous federal officials
and foreign policy experts. As a result, this Report raises concerns and highlights the need for both
the Legislative and Executive branches of government to proceed with caution in the implementation
of the current overseas basing plan. Our concerns centered around two major areas -- the U.S. global
presence and the impact on military members and their families returning to the United States. The
United States must secure its presence in the world for years to come and give priority consideration,
in funding and planning, to the needs of returning military forces. The Commission cites a growing
importance of meaningful interagency participation in developing a national strategy that protects the
United States both economically and militarily throughout the world.
It is our hope that this review, and the discussions it provokes will add to and strengthen a national
awareness of the strategic importance that the United States' global presence has on our national
security. The undersigned Commissioners are in full accord with the findings. conclusions, and
We sincerely thank you for your continued support as well as that of your staff. The Commission is
at your disposal should you desire further information anrd may be reached at the above address until
Septen'iber 30, 2005, after Sptember, please contact Ms. Patricia J. Walker at (703) 695- 1 677.
The Honorable Al Cornella - Lewis E. Curtis, III
Cht nan Vie C iran
s nthony A. Les 'Keith Martin
C sion COrnissioner
H. G. (Pee) T blor t'. James A homson
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