Bases Recommended for Closure and Realignment
Navy SEALs.com has what purports to be an early view of the BRAC recommendations scheduled for tomorrow.
Army bases currently proposed for closure or realignment in 2005
Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
Detroit Arsenal, Michigan
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico
Fort McPherson/Gillem, Georgia
Fort Monmouth, New Jersey
Fort Monroe, Virginia
Fort Polk, Louisiana (to realign)
Fort Richardson, Alaska
Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Fort Shafter, Hawaii
Lima Army Tank Plant, Ohio
Natick Soldier Center, Massachusetts
Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois
Sierra Army Depot, California
Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona
Air Force base closures and realignments include:
Altus AFB, Oklahoma
Beale AFB, California
Brooks AFB, Texas
Cannon AFB, New Mexico
Columbus AFB, Mississippi
Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
Goodfellow AFB, Texas
Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
Los Angeles AFB, California
McConnell AFB, Kansas
Nellis AFB, Nevada (to realign)
Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina (to realign) Shaw AFB, South
Carolina Vance AFB, Oklahoma
The Air Force will lose 2,260 military and 2,839 civilian manpower
positions, and 1,055 reserve drill authorizations next year, according
to the 2004 force-structure announcement released July 23. Many bases,
both active duty and reserve component, are affected by the realignment.
In many cases, units will gain aircraft and missions, while others will
Besides manpower reductions, the realignment formally announces the
>retirement of the C-9A Nightingale and KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft.
According to Air Force officials, the 20 C-9s are being retired
because of reduced-patient movement, range limitations and increasing
maintenance and upgrade costs. The aeromedical-evacuation mission will
become a requirements-based system using all passenger-capable aircraft.
The service will retire 44 of the Air National Guard and Air Force
Reserve Command’s 43-year-old KC-135Es next year, replacing them with 24
KC-135Rs from the active-duty fleet. By the end of fiscal 2006, the Air
Force will have retired 68 of the KC-135Es.
Naval base closures and realignments include:
Ingleside Naval Station, Texas
Naval Postgraduate School, California
Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi Naval Air Engineering Station
Lakehurst, New Jersey Naval Recreation Station Solomons Island, Naval
Surface Warfare Center Crane, Indiana Naval Surface Warfare Center,
Dahlgren Division, Virginia Navy Supply Corps School, Georgia New
Orleans Naval Support Activity, Louisiana Pascagoula Naval Station,
Mississippi Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire Saratoga Springs
Naval Support Unit, New York
Marine base closures and realignments include:
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia Marine Corps Logistics Base
Barstow, California (realignment) Marine Corps Air Station Miramar,
California Marine Corps Mountain Warfare School, Califirnia Marine
Reserve Support Unit, Kansas City Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego,
California (realign or close)
Some really big names on this one. I’ve been saying for some time that Fort Belvoir and Carlisle Barracks are too small to justify operations but both have strong institutional backing. Belvoir is in a stone’s thrown from D.C. and generations of Army officers have gone to the War College at Carlisle. The latter is smaller than your average college campus, though.
I was born on Fort Monroe and my dad grew up right outside it. It’s the headquarters of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) but there’s really no reason its functions couldn’t be handled on a large maneuver base.
Redstone Arsenal is a bit of a stunner, simply because so much is headquartered there and there is significant synergy with several prominent engineering schools within driving distance. I’d be surprised to see it actually closed.
Link via Jeff Quinton
UPDATE (1034, May 13): The list was highly inaccurate. See, Official Military Base Closure List for the actual proposals.