As previously noted,
the Defense Department has recommended closing 33 major bases and
realigning 29 others as part of a comprehensive reshaping of the
military infrastructure through the base realignment and closure
The recommendations now go to the BRAC Commission chaired by
former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi. The
commission will start hearings on the specific recommendations May
16. If adopted, the recommendations would give DoD a net savings of
almost $50 billion over 20 years, officials said. Annual savings
are pegged at $5.5 billion a year after that.
Fourteen major Army bases are recommended for closure,
- Forts Gillem and McPherson in Atlanta;
- Fort Monroe, Va.
- Fort Monmouth, N.J.
- Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant and Red River Army Depot in
Nine major Navy bases will close, including:
- Submarine Base, New
- Willow Grove Naval Air Station, Pa.
- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine;
- Naval Station Pascagoula, Miss.
- Naval Air Station Atlanta.
Ten major Air Force installations are closing,
- Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.
- Onizuka Air Force Station, Calif.
- Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.
- Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass.
- Brooks City Base, Texas.
DoD defines major realignments as installations losing at least
400 people. The five major Army realignments are Walter Reed Army
Medical Center in Washington; the Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.; Fort
Knox, Ky.; and Fort Eustis, Va.; and the Army Reserve Personnel
Center in St. Louis.
Eleven Navy realignments include Naval Station Great Lakes,
Ill.; Naval Station San Diego; and naval air stations in Brunswick,
Maine, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Pensacola, Fla. The Marine Corps
Logistics Base in Barstow, Calif., also will realign, as will the
naval medical centers in Portsmouth, Va., and San Diego.
Ten major Air Force realignments include Eielson and Elmendorf
Air Force bases, both in Alaska; Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.;
Lackland and Sheppard Air Force bases, Texas; and McChord Air Force
DoD agencies in leased
spaces throughout the National Capital Area and Defense Finance and
Accounting Service offices in Cleveland and in Arlington, Va., face
major realignment actions as well.
Forty-nine installations are gaining more than 400 personnel.
The Army made provision for units reassigned from Europe and the
Pacific. The major gainers in the Army are Fort Belvoir, Va.; Fort
Jackson, S.C.; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort
Benning, Ga.; and Fort Bragg, N.C.
Navy gainers include Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.; Naval
Station Norfolk, Va.; Naval Station Newport, R.I.; Marine Corps
Logistics Base Quantico, Va.; and Naval Station Bremerton,
Air Force gainers include Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.;
Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.; Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Andrews
Air Force Base, Md.; and Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.
The bases themselves are only part of the story. This BRAC
process had seven joint cross-service groups to examine common
business processes in education and training; headquarters and
support; technical; industrial; supply and storage; intelligence;
More than half of the future annual savings $2.9 billion of the
estimated $5.5 billion is generated from the joint cross-service
groups, officials said.