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Navy BRAC Recommendations Help Advance Military Effectiveness, Efficiency

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Story Number: NNS050513-11
Release Date: 5/13/2005 6:25:00 PM

By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Hendrick L. Dickson, Navy News Service

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense announced its Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations May 13. The department’s BRAC recommendations, if adopted, would close 33 major bases and realign 29 more.

Among those recommendations were the closure of nine major Navy installations, the realignment of eight others and the closure of 46 smaller installations – including 37 Reserve centers.

The Department of the Navy's BRAC impact will save the nation more than $1.5 billion a year once fully implemented.

The U.S. military has been embarked in an effort to transform into a more effective and efficient fighting force. The Navy recommendations support that effort by matching the facilities to the forces and allowing the military to invest resources where they are needed.

“We want to have the right bases located in the right places with the right capabilities and that will allow the force we have to be more effective and more agile,” said a senior Navy official. “So transformation has been very much the thought throughout this process, and we hope the recommendations truly support that.”

Every aspect of each facility is considered and people at all levels, from the base commander to the Chief of Naval Operations, provided input which directly impacted the DoD’s decision.

“We have to consider everything – the law requires us to look at everything without regard to whether it was considered for closure or realignment before,” according to the official. “We have to make sure the data we use in evaluating our bases is certified as accurate."

“There are no final decisions yet," the official went on to say. "We have a ways to go before those decisions are final."

No final BRAC decisions will be made until an independent BRAC Commission, the President and Congress have reviewed and approved the recommendations.

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