Saturday, May 14, 2005

DoD NEWS: List of Proposed Military Base Closings (BRAC)

Entire list of possible 2005 BRAC (Base closings and realignments):

People are angry, shocked and nervous. If the bases shut down, like Ft Monmouth, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Walter Reed, and Groton, CT (Submarine Capital of the World) the areas and those dependent on the military installatuion for contracts and their own livelihoods will be hurt in a recession, losing thousands of jobs and dollars.

[Just move the whole stinking Military to China, damnit.]


from my e-mail to Senator John Warner (R - VA)

Okay, Senator Warner,

I see you point: but old stalwarts like Walter Reed Hospital and Ft Monroe, VA and Ft Monmouth, NJ are our history. This is not a good move. A consolidation -- yes, of course. But not of locale. If this could be done, a much-needed money saver can still be effective. It is a need. A war on terror is as the cold war was, and can indeed go on indefinitely. I do feel that Mr Rumsfeld needs to scale back on some of these deicisions. Just my [angry] two cents.


Abbe Buck

NO! This is one that is worth fighting for. Below see one of the press releases that HighViz PR received yesterday, Friday, May 13, 2005

-----Original Message-----
From: DoD News [mailto:dlnews_sender@DTIC.MIL]
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2005 1:48 PM
Subject: Fact Sheet Medical BRAC Recommendations for the National Capital Region

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

The 2005 BRAC recommendations afford this department the opportunity to transform
and improve how medical care will be delivered to the department's 9.1 million
beneficiaries in the 21st Century.

[Web Version:]

“It’s a necessary step to improve the war-fighting capability of the joint force,” said Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

.Rumsfeld said, “Current arrangements pretty much designed for the Cold War must give way to the new demands of war against extremists and other evolving 21st century challenges.”

.The military for years has been operating more bases than it needs for the 1.4 million troops on active duty. Throughout the late 1990s, Congress refused to authorize a new round of base closings.

.The Pentagon has several motives for seeking to close and downsize some of its 425 major U.S. domestic bases. Fewer bases would mean smaller costs for operating and maintaining facilities.

Another motive is to promote greater integration of training among the military services — and between the active-duty and reserve forces — by having them share bases. [I can buy that -- if there is no complete closing.]

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