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  • Planned cuts could threaten Davis-Monthan's future

    05/04/2014 9:32:13 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | David Wichner Arizona Daily Star
    The Air Force’s plan to retire its entire fleet of A-10C “Warthogs” could make Davis-Monthan Air Force Base vulnerable to the next round of base closures. In its proposed budget, the Air Force would eliminate the close air support jet, including 55 active-duty A-10Cs at D-M, by fiscal year 2016 and 28 Air Force Reserve A-10Cs at D-M by fiscal 2019. In 2019, 21 F-16s would be moved to a Reserve unit at the base. The Pentagon also plans to cut its fleet of EC-130H Compass Call electronic warfare planes — based solely at Davis-Monthan — roughly in half, to...
  • US troop withdrawals spark German job losses

    02/28/2014 11:28:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies ^ | 28 Feb 2014 10:12 GMT+01:00
    Hundreds of Germans will lose their jobs through US Army troop withdrawals under cutbacks announced by the American military. The military announced last week that 554 Germans directly employed by US forces would be made redundant. But the communities around the army bases warned the knock-on effect would be far greater than the headline job loss figure.
  • Obamas defense budget reneges on base closure promise

    04/10/2013 12:00:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    President Obama is backtracking from his campaign promise that I dont think now is the time for another round of military base closures across the country. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday presented the $526 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2014, which explicitly calls for shutting down facilities in a process called Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). BRAC is the only effective means of achieving infrastructure consolidation, the Pentagon said. This BRAC round adds $2.4 billion to costs in the next five years but would eventually save substantial sums. The actual closing of bases would involve a multiyear...
  • Air Force budget proposal would replace jets at Arkansas base with drones squadron

    02/15/2012 6:33:05 AM PST · by FourPeas · 13 replies
    FORT SMITH, Ark. A plan by Air Force officials would remove the A-10 aircraft mission from the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith next year and possibly replace it with one involving remotely piloted aircraft. The proposal released by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz on Friday would give the 188th Fighter Wing an MQ-1/9 Remote Split Operations Squadron that would be made up of unmanned aerial vehicles commonly referred to as drones. The MQ-1 and MQ-9 wouldn't be assigned to the base, only a ground control operation station from which the unmanned aircraft are operated. [snip]...
  • Pryor: Tough fight ahead to keep Guard A-10 mission at Fort Smith [MI Selfridge, & IA F-16's too]

    02/15/2012 6:28:57 AM PST · by FourPeas · 3 replies
    Arkansas News ^ | 9 Feb 2012 | Peter Urban
    [snip] Air Force Secretary Michael Donley met Tuesday with Michigan Reps. Candice Miller and Tim Walberg, who concerned about losing the A-10 mission at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Secretary Donley indicated that the Obama Administration is not open to making any alterations to their proposed cuts and all of the cuts outlined last week will be included in the budget the President plans to send to Congress next week, the two Republicans said in a joint statement. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, left a Thursday meeting with Donley still frustrated with the Pentagons plans for the Iowa National Guards 132nd...
  • Possible BRAC leaves fort in flux [Areas future could hinge on DoD proposal]

    01/27/2012 10:55:31 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    One of the proposals for the Department of Defense to cut costs is having a Base Realignment and Closure round in fiscal year 2013, which begins on Oct. 1. While there is a possible impact on Fort Huachuca, exactly what it could be closure, reduction of missions or new units being assigned is unknown. The BRAC possibility is leading the co-chair of the Arizona Military Affairs Commission and former president of the Fort Huachuca 50 Tom Finnegan of Sierra Vista to issue a call to arms to not only defend the post but other military installations in the...
  • Noon speech may impact Fort Huachuca [More BRACs]

    01/26/2012 1:12:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies
    SIERRA VISTA At noon, Arizona time, the Secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chefs of Staff, the top uniform officer in Americas armed forces will be holding a press conference to discuss proposals to reduce the military budget. Part of the proposals include the potential of having two Base Realignment and Closure rounds, one starting in 2013 and the other in 2015 Pentagon sources said. The Defense Department has to reduce its budget, as part of the overall reduction of federal spending to lower the nations growing deficit, which currently exceeds $15 trillion. There have been...
  • Naval Support Activity marks end of an era in New Orleans

    08/12/2011 9:16:52 PM PDT · by BBell
    The Times-Picayune ^ | August 12, 2011 | Paul Purpura
    In one of his last ceremonial duties as the Naval Support Activitys final commanding officer, Capt. Brian Harrison encased the services blue flag in a sock-like sleeve Friday morning, bringing to a close a 110-year naval presence in the Crescent City and an end to his three-year tour as skipper of the installation he knew as a child growing up in Algiers. As a Marine Corps band ensemble played Auld Lang Syne, a Navy color guard carrying that flag solemnly marched away. And shortly afterward, Lt. Col. Todd Ford and Sgt. Maj. Chris Bloebaum, commanding officer and the highest-ranking of...
  • BRAC The Deficit

    02/15/2011 9:49:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 15, 2011 | Gregory Buls
    The combined magnitude of our economic and fiscal problems dwarfs any of the politically sticky problems we've faced in the past, and our situation is complicated in ways past crises were not. Tough times call for a new mechanism for achieving the large spending cuts necessary to avoid an economic collapse. Fortunately, a successful model exists for making difficult cuts. The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission process was created by Congress to deal with the politically sensitive problem of shuttering domestic military installations. After public comment and review, BRAC reports accepted by the President are deemed approved by Congress...
  • Pelosi and the Treasure Island land grab

    08/18/2010 11:00:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies ^ | August 18, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Speaker Mop & Glo made headlines for her call to investigate opponents of the Ground Zero mosque, but there was something else about her remarks that should have raised your hackles: There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded, she said. How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something weve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we...
  • Kirtland AFB to lose F-16s

    02/27/2010 11:38:46 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 37 replies · 831+ views ^ | FEBRUARY 23, 2010 | Asif Shamim
    Kirtland Air Force Base will lose 18 ANG F-16Cs from the 188th Fighter Squadron & hundreds of jobs as part of the federal government's plan to cut its fighter fleet. By the end of this autumn the USAF will have reduced its fighter fleet by 250 jets. The first jets begin to leave as of April 1st and the government hopes the last will be retired by the end of September. The hope is that some of the money saved will allow the USAF to purchase new aircraft such as the F-35. Retired Col. Charlie Thomas a military analyst and...

    01/31/2010 5:14:55 PM PST · by Jedediah · 28 replies · 1,742+ views
  • Source: Dems Threaten Nelson In Pursuit of 60 (Offutt Air Force Base )

    12/15/2009 1:26:11 PM PST · by GonzoII · 42 replies · 1,812+ views ^ | Dec 15 2009 | Michael Goldfarb
    While the Democrats appease Senator Lieberman, they still have to worry about other recalcitrant Democrats including Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson. Though Lieberman has been out front in the fight against the public option and the Medicare buy-in, Nelson was critical of both. Now that those provisions appear to have been stripped from the bill, Lieberman may get on board, but Nelson's demand that taxpayer money not be used to fund abortion has still not been met. According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson...
  • White House Threatens to Close Offutt Air Force Base If Nelson Doesnt Vote for Obamacare

    12/15/2009 3:06:37 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 91 replies · 3,424+ views
    stoptheaclu ^ | 12/15/09 | stoptheaclu
    Quite an explosive leak! I wonder how this will affect things? It is certainly a thuggish and dangerous thing for Obama to play with National Security over this craptacular idea of socialized medicine. Quite a desperate move. According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraskas Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson doesnt fall into line. Offutt Air Force Base employs some 10,000 military and federal employees in Southeastern Nebraska. As our source put it, this is a naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelsons vote....
  • County waits for the BRAC boom Planning for the equivalent of four Pentagons on a shoestring budget

    12/13/2009 8:50:00 AM PST · by combat_boots · 5 replies · 498+ views
    The Capital: Hometown Annapolis ^ | December 13, 2009 | JOSHUA STEWART
    The job surge at Fort George G. Meade will turn the sprawling west county Army installation into one of the largest workplaces in the nation, making it well more than double the size of the Pentagon. By Paul W. Gillespie - The Capital Bob Hodge, a safety inspector with the Army Corps of Engineers, has kept a watch on the frenzy of construction at Fort George G. Meade that started several months ago. Work is continuing on millions of square feet of office space, including the Defense Information Systems Agencys new building where Hodge is standing. Advertisement By 2015, an...
  • Last Aircraft Leave Closing Maine Navy Base

    11/28/2009 10:06:53 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies · 2,074+ views
    AP ^ | November 28, 2009
    End of an era: Aircraft depart Brunswick Naval Air Station as Maine base readies for closing. The two last planes at Maine's Brunswick Naval Air Station lifted off Saturday in blustery winds, ending nearly 60 years of maritime patrol operations at New England's last active-duty military air base. The P-3 Orions of the VP-26 squadron lumbered down an 8,000-foot runway before heading off to a six-month deployment in Central America. After that, they fly to their new home at Florida's Jacksonville Naval Air Station. The planes took off without any speeches or fanfare ... Brunswick, once home to 4,000 sailors...
  • Piracy on Treasure Island: Congressional land grab for developers?

    10/06/2009 8:04:20 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 57 replies · 4,782+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2009 | Christian Bourge and Jim Robbins
    Politicians with ties to land developers are trying to force the Navy to hand over one of the most valuable pieces of property in the country for free. The House version of the 2010 Defense authorization bill scheduled for conference today contains language that would speed the transfer of Naval Station Treasure Island to the city of San Francisco at no cost.
  • U.S. Military Presence Woldwide (UPDATE: VIEQUES)

    09/20/2008 5:02:20 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 14 replies · 387+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 9/15/08 | Katherine McCaffrey
    As part of our special investigation "Mission Creep: US Military Presence Worldwide," we asked a host of military thinkers to contribute their two cents on topics relating to global Pentagon strategy. (You can access the archive here.) The following dispatch comes from Katherine T. McCaffrey, an assistant professor of anthropology at Montclair State University in New Jersey and author of "Military Power and Popular Protest: The US Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico".
  • Residents fear Lawton (Seattle) proposal is "too urban"

    07/22/2008 8:07:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 130+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | July 20, 2008 | Sanjay Bhatt and Arla Shephard
    As the military prepares to close Fort Lawton, an Army Reserve base nestled in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood, a city proposal to develop a 200-home subdivision that includes housing for the homeless angers some residents. ___ A newly released city plan to redevelop the soon-to-be-closed Fort Lawton in Seattle calls for building a 200-home subdivision of market-rate and affordable housing on about 18 acres. At a final community meeting Saturday at Fort Lawton, those living near the Army Reserve base said they didn't oppose housing for the homeless, but they worried that the total number of homes proposed and the percentage...
  • Munitions Pose No Danger

    05/07/2008 9:35:52 AM PDT · by Stonewall Jackson · 22 replies · 315+ views
    The News Enterprise ^ | May 7, 2008 | Staff
    Munitions pose no danger FORT KNOX World War I-era munitions found at a construction site at Fort Knox pose no danger, Army ordnance experts determined. Construction workers at the site of the future Human Resources Center of Excellence discovered the mortar shells Friday while moving soil for a sewer system. As an additional safety measure, an expert from the Army Corps of Engineers was brought in to inspect the site and present the post with options for proper site clean up and disposal. Based on inspection findings, Col. Mark Needham, garrison commander, directed an ordnance expert be hired to...
  • Perry pledge to run in 2010 pumps up White's camp

    04/18/2008 5:21:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 428+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 17, 2008 | Rick Casey
    Some Republicans groaned at Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that he plans to seek another term in 2010, but Mayor Bill White's camp reacted with glee. White has made no effort to hide the fact that he is looking to run for governor after being term-limited out of the mayor's office next year. And Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the biggest vote-getter in Texas history, has been more than hinting that she plans to "come home" to run for the same office. She outlined to Texas Monthly last November a plan to resign the Senate in 2009 to make the race, while...
  • 2008 Construction Outlook for Texas

    12/20/2007 2:03:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 154+ views
    Reed Construction Data ^ | December 20, 2007 | Liz Moucka
    Highways The Texas Department of Transportation plans to let contracts for $4.1 billion in construction in 2008 are in jeopardy after having to return around $950 million to Washington over the past 18 months. The mood in Austin is uncertain, although voters approved Proposition 12 in November, authorizing the next Texas Legislature in 2009 to issue up to $5 billion in bonds (paid from general revenue) to build highway projects. A required independent audit of the Texas Department of Transportation during 2007 recommended that the department “should continue to pursue Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDA) and toll pricing at levels that...
  • Is There A Chance To Keep Fort Monmouth Open?

    08/01/2007 4:36:09 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 11 replies · 221+ views
    Millennium Radio New Jersey ^ | Wednesday, August 01, 2007 | By: Kevin McArdle
    However slim, there may still be a chance to avert the closure of Fort Monmouth. New Jersey's U.S. Senators have introduced legislation that would trigger a reconsideration of major base closings that will cost far more than what was estimated during the Pentagon's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. The legislation will create a mechanism to require a re-evaluation of any major base realignment or closure should the actual cost exceed BRAC's estimated cost by more than 25%. The closing of New Jersey's Fort Monmouth is now expected to cost almost twice its original $780 million price tag. Menendez says,...
  • Last candidates arrive at NAS (Navy closing fabled Pensacola AOCS)

    07/04/2007 1:46:23 PM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies · 1,167+ views
    Pensacola News Journal | 7/1/07 | Stewart
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  • Officials to Take Another Look at Decision to Close New Jersey Army Base

    06/27/2007 7:55:17 AM PDT · by RDTF · 21 replies · 566+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 27, 2007 | RONALD SMOTHERS
    At the request of most members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation, the Government Accountability Office says it will look into whether faulty cost and savings estimates played a role in the 2005 decision to close Fort Monmouth by 2011. Henry L. Hinton, a managing director for the agency, confirmed on Tuesday that the agency was embarking on a review of the Defense Departments estimates and how they have since changed. The 90-year-old Army post, which has not yet begun to be shut down, employs 5,000, generates $3.3 billion annually and supports 22,000 additional jobs in the state. In addition,...
  • MCAS Tustin - Reduced to rubbil without firing a shot.

    03/22/2007 10:48:27 PM PDT · by wm25burke · 38 replies · 1,030+ views
    Self ^ | 22-Mar-2007 | William Burke
    MCAS Tustin has been reduced to rubble. The enemy did not have to fire a single shot. The Marines have been replaced with a 24+ Million dollar government housing project, a shopping mall, and a tract of overpriced McMansions Got Socialism? First wave of McMansions arrives at MCAS Tustin:
  • Consider responsible drilling on US soil

    05/29/2006 7:05:46 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies · 485+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 30, 2006 edition | Philip Gold
    SEATTLE - Facts are stubborn things. So are cherished beliefs - especially when they're shared by adversaries who, for reasons of their own, find them too convenient to shed. And among the greatest of our shared delusions is the belief that high oil prices accomplish something. They don't. Fortunately, there is a way to ease the crisis: BRAC it. However, before explaining what the Pentagon's Base Closure and Realignment Act has to do with the price of gas, it's necessary to define, then shred, the wrong idea that "the market" has much to do with fixing this mess. According to...
  • 64% To Follow BRAC Jobs, Surveys Show

    05/06/2006 6:05:23 AM PDT · by SLB · 22 replies · 924+ views
    Hunstville Times ^ | May 5, 2006 | Shelby G. Spires
    Army cautions figure is snapshot and could change ATLANTA - Army surveys show that 64 percent of civilian employees whose jobs will move as a result of Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations would follow the job, the Army's BRAC chief said Thursday. That's a snapshot of Army employees' feelings now, as the results of the 2005 BRAC begin to unfold, and isn't a guarantee, said Col. Bob Derrick, speaking to about 500 community leaders at the Department of Defense BRAC conference "Responding to Change." "That's the demographics we have today, but those could change," said Derrick, who is in...
  • BRAC Conference Focuses on Both Downsizing, Growth

    05/03/2006 6:17:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 153+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    ATLANTA, May 3, 2006 With the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process shutting down 25 major installations and radically realigning 24 others over the next six years, a BRAC conference under way here is focusing on growth as well as downsizing, a defense official told reporters here today. "Traditionally when we've done these events, they've been very much closure-focused," said Philip W. Grone, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment. But this conference, he added, also features "a very healthy focus on growth." This is happening because many areas will gain substantial numbers of uniformed and civilian military...
  • Conference Addresses Issues Raised by 2005 BRAC Results

    05/03/2006 5:35:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 151+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    ATLANTA, May 3, 2006 More than 900 people representing organizations with a stake in how the Base Realignment and Closure process goes forward are gathered here this week to discuss the implications of the 2005 BRAC round. The conference brings together officials from the White House, Defense Department, individual service branches, various federal departments and agencies, and state and local leaders from areas affected by past and ongoing BRAC actions. Philip W. Grone, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, noted that nearly all of the 22 federal agencies working on BRAC-related issues have representatives here. "In my...
  • Walter Reed to Continue Legacy at New Location, General Says

    05/02/2006 6:12:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 443+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 2, 2006 When the premier medical centers from the Army and Navy merge into one joint facility in Bethesda, Md., in 2011, the rich heritage and world-class treatment reputation of Walter Reed Army Medical Center will continue under the same name at a different location, the hospital's commander said here April 30. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission announced the Defense Department initiative to close Walter Reed on May 13, 2005. The famed military medical facility, which is a monument to a long tradition of patient care, medical research and educational development, will continue its legacy...
  • Legislators concerned by potential shortfalls in base closure funding

    04/06/2006 4:25:18 PM PDT · by SLB · 4 replies · 275+ views
    Gov Exec ^ | April 2006 | Daniel Pulliam
    Congressional appropriators expressed concern Wednesday that there will be a lack of funding for the military services to implement recommendations reached through the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process. Successful implementation will require a hefty financial commitment, but fiscal pressures could reduce the funding available, said Rep. James Walsh, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Appropriations Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, at a hearing. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas, ranking member of the subcommittee, said he is concerned that the real BRAC costs will be significantly higher than originally estimated. Implementation of the 182 base closure and realignment recommendations...
  • Virginia Beach's conundrum

    12/14/2005 12:02:10 PM PST · by JZelle · 7 replies · 798+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-14-05 | Ed
    The federal government is all but forcing Virginia Beach to condemn private property in order to keep Oceana Naval Air Station, home to the Navy's fighter/attack squadron of F-14 Tomcats and F/A-18 Hornets. But this isn't some ugly twist on the Kelo eminent-domain case. For years, Virginia Beach has mostly ignored legitimate Navy concerns that its pilots could crash in residential areas under development near the base. But the city has chosen to let development proceed apace and -- though it certainly did not intend to -- heightened the danger by allowing ever-larger structures and increasing population density. So the...
  • Fort (Gillem, GA) turns 64 on sad note (Base is closing)

    11/04/2005 9:59:54 PM PST · by mhking · 2 replies · 1,540+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11.5.05 | ADD SEYMOUR JR.
    Fort turns 64 on a sad note By ADD SEYMOUR JR. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 11/05/05 Carl Rhodenizer didn't know where Atlanta let alone the Atlanta General Depot was located when the Army sent him here in 1951. But the Virginia native grew so close to "The Depot," now known as Fort Gillem, that he never again lived more than five miles from the base. That's why Fort Gillem's 64th anniversary party on Friday evoked sadness for some longtime Clayton County residents. With the base scheduled to close, there won't be many more celebrations. "It's been a...
  • House easily rejects effort to stop military base closings, consolidations (324-85)

    10/28/2005 9:28:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 373+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 10/28/05 | Liz Sidoti - ap
    WASHINGTON The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow the first round of U.S. military base closures and consolidations in a decade, clearing the way for facilities across the country to start shutting their doors as early as next month. In a 324-85 vote, the House refused to veto the final report of the 2005 base-closing commission, meaning the report seems all but certain to become law in mid-November. Targeted facilities then would have six years to close their doors and shift forces as required under the report. Both the House and Senate must pass resolutions rejecting the report to...
  • Germany's Rhein-Main Air Base Closing [American soldiers and airmen brought jazz, cheap cigarettes

    10/09/2005 5:11:33 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies · 4,041+ views
    Germany's Rhein-Main Air Base Closing By MATT MOORE, Associated Press Writer 26 minutes ago The runways that once helped feed a blockaded Berlin, bade Elvis farewell after his Army service and provided the first glimpse of freedom for hostages returning from Iran now stand empty. A hub of U.S. military activity for decades, Rhein-Main Air Base is being given back to Germany and its logistical functions taken over by bases at Ramstein and Spangdahlem. Ceremonies set for Monday will mark the handover, which will take until the end of the year. "The mission has moved," said U.S. Air Force Col....
  • $1 Billion to repair damaged LA, MS military bases.

    09/09/2005 9:54:16 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 14 replies · 497+ views
    WTOP radio news Associated Press ^ | September 9, 2005 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Military housing, airport hangars, equipment and power lines were heavily damaged at six military bases across Louisiana and Mississippi, forcing nearly $1 billion in emergency repairs, according to base personnel and other defense officials. A Navy facility in New Orleans is partially flooded and all but essential personnel are still evacuated. Hurricane winds and heavy rain slammed other bases, but many are up and running now..... There have been no reported military casualties. A federal base closing commission had voted earlier to shut down one of the damaged bases, Naval Station Pascagoula, as well as the inpatient...
  • White House Loses Appeal on Base Closing

    09/08/2005 5:15:42 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 29 replies · 943+ views
    White House Loses Appeal on Base ClosingFriday September 9, 2005 12:31 AMBy GINA HOLLAND Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The base closing commission hit a snag Thursday over the deadline for its recommendations to the White House, as the administration lost a last-minute bid to get the Supreme Court to intervene and protect the panel's plan. What was to be a routine paperwork delivery of those proposals to President Bush was threatened by a cross-country legal fight. Judges in Connecticut and Tennessee blocked the panel from recommending changes at local Air National Guard bases. The Tennessee decision was overruled...
  • US Supreme Court Asked to Block Military Base Closing List

    09/08/2005 12:31:16 PM PDT · by lilylangtree · 17 replies · 797+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires | 9-8-05 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON (AP)--The U.S. Supreme Court was asked Thursday to block a federal panel from sending to President George W. Bush its recommendations for closing or realigning hundreds of military bases nationwide. Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., filed the request for an emergency stay with Justice David H. Souter, who could handle the matter himself or request a vote of the eight remaining justices. In court papers, lawyers representing Corzine and other New Jersey state and congressional officials said they wanted a temporary reprieve so that they could file a full appeal of the decision by the Base Closure and Realignment Commission...
  • Judge Grants Injunction To Block Bradley Base Realignment (CT)

    09/07/2005 8:44:38 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 16 replies · 324+ views
    WVIT - Channel 30 NBC News ^ | 4:56 pm EDT September 7, 2005 | WVIT - Channel 30 NBC News
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- A federal judge on Wednesday granted the state's request to block the federal base commission's recommendation to realign the Bradley Air National Guard Base. U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello granted a temporary injunction to prevent the commission from including the Bradley realignment in its recommendation to President George W. Bush. "The court is of the opinion that the governor of Connecticut would suffer significant hardship if consideration were to be withheld, as once the recommendation is submitted to the president, the governor's claim that her authority has been abrogated ... is not subject to judicial review,"...
  • U.S. judge tosses Ill. base closure suit

    09/06/2005 3:18:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 438+ views
    AP ^ | 9/6/5 | JOHN O'CONNOR
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawsuit aimed at stopping the military from moving fighter jets from Illinois to Indiana. Judge Jeanne Scott ruled that Illinois had suffered no economic loss or breakdown in security because a federal commission's recommendation to move 15 F-16s to a base in Fort Wayne, Ind., is not final. In a statement, Blagojevich said that the "battle to do what is right for Illinois and our country is certainly not over." But a spokesman said aides had not yet decided on the next step. The Democratic governor argued that...
  • Coalition Sues to Keep N.J. Army Base Open (Ft Monmouth)

    09/03/2005 7:10:05 AM PDT · by RDTF · 12 replies · 423+ views ^ | September 2 | AP
    TRENTON, N.J. A coalition of local and state officials, unions, contractors and soldiers on Friday filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a federal panel's decision to close Fort Monmouth. The lawsuit alleges the process that aims to close the Army post was flawed, and asks a federal judge to prevent the Base Realignment and Closure Commission from presenting to the president the list of bases slated for closure. "We're doing this for the men and women overseas whose lives depend on the work at Fort Monmouth. If they're fighting for us, we think we shouldn't give up on them,"...
  • Turn Bases into Refineries part 2

    08/31/2005 11:49:10 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 22 replies · 822+ views
    In a speech Wednesday at the National Small Business Conference in Washington, President Bush proffered the idea of converting closed military bases into oil refineries. He promised to "direct federal agencies to work with states" to spur refinery-building and "to simplify the permitting process for such construction."
  • Ft. Huachuca to lose 371 jobs in base realignment

    08/31/2005 2:33:22 PM PDT · by madfly · 8 replies · 401+ views
    KVOA Tucson ^ | Aug. 27, 2005 | Elizabeth Vall
    Aug26,2005,3:16 PM The Department of Defense took its final vote on Ft. Huachuca. It will not be one of 33 major bases closed, but it will be one of the 29 bases realigned.Thatmeans a loss of 371 jobs.The DODis moving the communications security division from Ft. Huachuca to a base in Maryland, taking those 300-plus jobs with it.It's atough move for families, but experts say it will have little impact on the base,considering the 12,000 other positions at Ft. Huachuca remain intact. Sierra Vista's city manger also projects little trickle-down economic impact.Mary Jacobs, Sierra Vista Assistant City Manager says,"What...
  • Commission Wraps Up BRAC Decisions

    08/29/2005 4:56:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 230+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 29, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2005 The Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission wrapped up four days of deliberations in final actions Aug. 26 and 27 by voting to turn Pope Air Force Base, N.C., into an Army airfield and recommending sweeping recommendations to revamp the Air National Guard and consolidate its operations. The nine-member commission deviated significantly from the Pentagon's proposed plan to realign the Air Guard, passing a recommendation that would ensure every state with an existing Air Guard unit would retain at least some Guard aircraft. Specific details of the plan, including charts used in the deliberation, are...
  • BRAC Leaves Research Agencies in Arlington

    08/29/2005 5:30:36 AM PDT · by chambley1 · 3 replies · 239+ views
    Arlington Sun Gazette ^ | 8/29/05 | SCOTT McCAFFREY
    County officials acknowledged this week that Arlington did about as well as could be hoped in the recommendations made by the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, or BRAC. While the commissions recommendation to President Bush could result in moving 18,000 defense-related jobs out of the county, Arlington will retain several key research agencies. Under the recommendation, which heads to the president on Sept. 8, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Army Research Office will remain in Arlington, keeping about 2,000 highly specialized jobs in the county. The commission...
  • Will base closings sap support for military?

    08/28/2005 9:12:59 PM PDT · by BitDrifter · 7 replies · 225+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 26 August 2005 | Mark Sappenfield and Sara Miller
    WASHINGTON and BRUNSWICK, Maine Almost as far back as Don Russell can recall, planes from the nearby naval air station have roared overhead, an audible assurance of security, especially since the Sept. 11 attacks. <-- SNIP --> Some wonder whether the military, by leaving so many places where it has long been a part of the community, is setting itself up to become too remote from the very people it is charged with protecting. This changes the calculus on everything from defense budgets to recruiting and retention.
  • Thune Delivers on Campaign Vow

    08/27/2005 2:29:22 PM PDT · by billorites · 33 replies · 975+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 27, 2005 | Mike Allen
    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) sat tense, crouched and glowering as the base-closing commission delivered its verdict about Ellsworth Air Force Base in the ballroom of a Crystal City hotel yesterday, then leapt up gleefully when the bomber base's death sentence was commuted. The 44-year-old's political career may have been spared as well. Last fall, Thune unseated Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) in part by claiming that a Republican tight with the White House would have a better chance of saving the perennially impaired Ellsworth, a Cold War arsenal in the middle of the prairie. So it was potentially...

    08/27/2005 1:45:03 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 55 replies · 1,807+ views
    yellow rose of texas and TEXOKIE
    For those who may not know her, we have a long-time FREEPER who has at last returned to us after a long and arduous recovery from some difficult health problems. When she was previously active, many of us valued her wit and ideas. Her handle is YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS. WELCOME BACK, ROSE!!! Rosie has come up with an idea on how to handle the illegal alien problem and has asked that I post her idea for her. I can take no credit at all for it; it is purely her idea! YELLOW ROSE'S IDEA Instead of closing the military...
  • Military in Maine applauds the BRAC decision

    08/27/2005 7:07:25 AM PDT · by newsgatherer · 175+ views ^ | 27 August 2005 | staff report
    Now that the results are in, the Finance center in Limestone not only stays open, but grows to about 700 from a bit under 500. Those stationed at Limestone both Military and civilian are delighted. Brunswick Naval Air Station is going to be closed, and that is the big story ehre. For while the Civilian work force is hanging their collective heads, saying "oh woas me, oh woas me, what did Bush do to us now?" The Officers and Men assigned to NAS Brunswick are delighted. Why? Well the why concerning the civilian workforce is pretty easy, they are going...