BRAC Recommendations Affect
Bases in Alaska
Kulis, Eielson, Elmendorf
and Fort Richardson On List
May 13, 2005
Today, Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), reacted to the announcement
by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) that Alaska's
Air Force bases would be realigned, that Kulis Air Guard Station
will be closed and the Fort Richardson Army Post in Anchorage
will be realigned.
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE
- Fairbanks, Alaska
Thunder participants used Eielson Air Force Base's 62,000
square miles of training airspace and met their objective: to
fly, fight and win during Pacific Air Force's premier combat
airpower exercise that ended May 6th.
Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force
"The Secretary of Defense has made his recommendations to
the BRAC on how to have a total realignment of our military installations.
These recommendations are that only and have yet to be finalized,"
said Stevens. "We have never faced a base closure
at the same time as we have tried to have a global realignment
of forces. We have to look at where troops are going and
where they are coming from when we approach this process.
This is a long process which will take place over a number of
years. These changes will not take effect immediately"
Senator Stevens expressed his serious concern that the Secretary's
recommendations included moving Eielson Air Force Base to a "warm
base" status in which the A-10's and F-16's would be moved
to bases in Georgia, Louisiana and Idaho. He also expressed
concern that Elmendorf Air Force Base would lose 24 of the assigned
F-15 C/D aircraft and 21 of the assigned F-15E aircraft.
"In the long run the only real disappointment is Eielson.
I intend to protest to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission.
Alaska has half the coastline in the United States and we have
the perimeter that faces Asia and there will be fewer aircraft
in Korea. The units in Eielson's first line of duty was
to reinforce our units in Korea, and now that we have reduced
forces in Korea. It doesn't make sense to me and I intend
to go to the Commission and present that case. I think
it is wrong to leave our area without fighter protection and
it is wrong from a national security point of view because the
access to our nation from that part of the world is across Alaska,
so it is just not a good decision," said Stevens.
Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski
announced this morning that he will meet with community leaders
in Fairbanks today to discuss the Department of Defense Base
Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations.
Senator Stevens reminds Alaskans that the BRAC list announced
today does not reflect on-going force realignments that will
positively effect Alaska. These include:
- Eight C-17's beginning to
arrive in Alaska in 2008
- 48 F-22's expected to begin
arriving in Alaska in 2007
- Additional Cope
Thunder exercises planned for Eielson Air Force Base
- The transition of the Airborne
Battalion at Fort Richardson to an Airborne Brigade
- Additional aviation units
from Korea being moved to Fort Wainwright
The following military installations
in Alaska will be effected:
Kulis Air Guard Station (Anchorage, Alaska) - Kulis will be closed
as part of the BRAC process; the mission, aircraft and personnel
will transfer to Elmendorf Air Force Base. It is
anticipated that the Air Guard Station will gain aircraft through
a Guard/Active Associate Unit in this move and that the Anchorage
Airport will gain much needed land.
Eielson Air Force Base (Fairbanks North Star Borough) - Eielson
will remain open but will be realigned to a "warm base"
position in which personnel and infrastructure, specifically
aircraft, will be removed from the base and moved to other sites
across the country. The refueling tankers associated with
the 168th Air Refueling Wing of the Alaska Air National Guard
will remain at the base. This realignment will mean a loss
of 2,940 personnel from the base.
Eielson is currently home to the 354th Fighter Wing, and hosts
units from the 168th Air Refueling Wing of the Alaska Air National
Guard, a detachment of the 460th Air Force Technical Applications
Center, the Arctic Survival School, the 353rd Combat Training
Squadron and a detachment of the 632nd Air Force Office Special
Elmendorf Air Force Base (Anchorage,
Alaska) - Elmendorf will be realigned to become a joint base
with Fort Richardson and, will have aircraft and personnel from
Kulis Air Guard Station, also in Anchorage.
Elmendorf is currently home to the 3rd Fighter Wing, the 517th
Airlift Squadron and the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron.
Fort Richardson Army Post (Anchorage, Alaska) will be consolidated
with Elmendorf Air Force Base and will have consolidated installation
management functions. Additionally, civilian personnel
operations will be consolidated within the Army to Arizona.
These two consolidations will result in a total loss of 286 positions.
Fort Wainwright Army Post (Fairbanks, Alaska) will be realigned
by moving the Cold Region Test Center to Fort Greely that was
realigned in BRAC 1995.
The timeline for the 2005 BRAC round is as follows:
May 16, 2005: Not later
than this date, the Secretary of Defense must publish in the
Federal Register and transmit to the Congressional Defense Committees
and the Commission, a list of the military installations that
the Secretary of Defense recommends for closure or realignment.
July 1, 2005: Not later than this date, the Comptroller
General shall transmit to the Congressional Defense Committees,
a report containing a detailed analysis of the Secretary of Defense's
recommendations and selection process.
September 8, 2005: Not later than this date, the Commission
must transmit to the President a report containing its findings
and conclusions based on a review and analysis of the Secretary
of Defense's recommendations.
September 23, 2005: Not later than this date, the President shall
transmit to the Commission and to the Congress, a report
containing the President's approval or disapproval of the Commission
s recommendations. If the President approves the
recommendations, the recommendations are binding 45 legislative days
after Presidential transmission or adjournment, unless Congress
enacts joint resolution of disapproval.
October 20, 2005: If the President disapproves the Commission's
initial recommendations, the Commission must submit revised recommendations
to the President not later than this date.
Nov 7, 2005: President's Approval or Disapproval of Revised
Recommendations. The President must approve the revised
recommendations and transmit approval to Congress by this date
or the process ends. The recommendations become binding
45 legislative days after Presidential transmission
or adjournment, unless Congress enacts a joint resolution of
April 15, 2006: Commission terminates.
BRAC Recommendations Expected to Save
Nearly $50 Billion Says DoD; Bases in Alaska on recommended close
or realign list
On the Web:
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Source of News:
Office of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens
Office of Alaska Gov. Frank
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