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The comments submitted to the 2005 BRAC Commission via the Contact Us form on this website are listed on this page. They can be sorted by any of the underlined column headers below (Date, Base/Installation/Facility, and State). In order to sort the list by these column headers, click on the desired heading. The list is arranged by the most recently received comments by default.


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1 09/16/2005

NO THINKING AGAIN



As a former Army Officer, I have seen the many mistakes this administration has created without any input from Citizens. This is another Bush attempt to outsource more jobs. He has ruined this country and successfully spent our treasury. Where will he get the funds for his war, if people have no jobs. Every country in Europe and other places dislike this administration already. Now you are going to divide and cause the republicans to never win an election. The Senators from Tn. can't take the time to answer e-mails, but they have time for partys, golf, and vacations. Close the bases and win another victory for the terroist. How dumb can any administration be?
2 09/16/2005

NAS Oceana - Letter to Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf



REGINA M. GLASER

517 Southside Road n Virginia Beach, VA 23451 n (757) 287-5171 n genietim-3@cox.net




Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf
2401 Courthouse Drive
City Hall, Building #1
Municipal Center
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

RE: Virginia Beach City Council and BRAC

Dear Mayor Oberndorf:

Today I attended the Disestablishment ceremony for the VF-101 Grim Reapers at NAS Oceana. The disestablishment ceremony as described in the Navy?s protocol manual is a ?somber occasion?. ?Today?s ceremony reflects and honors the dedication of all those men and women who served this command through the years, and continue to serve their nation proudly into the 21st century.?

As I reflect on the F-14 community, the friends we have made and the many friends that have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving this wonderful country, I could not help but think about the Virginia Beach City Council. I hope you and the City Council members read cover to cover the enclosed program from today?s ceremony. I do not believe that any member of our City Council will ever have the honor, courage and commitment that our Naval Aviation community has had to display on a daily basis as they defended our freedom over the years.

The military family is strong. We will move to Cecil Field, FL and support one another in our transition just like we have done over the years through all of the extended deployments while our family members defended our freedom. Honor, Courage and Commitment ? What amazing attributes to have!



Sincerely,



Regina M. Glaser


PS I was happy to read on the Virginia Beach City Page in today?s Virginia Pilot that, ?BRAC plans would move jets from Oceana, not close the base.? Maybe some of the writers of Letters to the Editor will be more informed in the future and realize that the base is realigning and not closing. NAS Oceana will not be available for redevelopment by the city. Maybe they will also not be so insensitive and hurtful to the Oceana families when they write their opinion pieces. For the City Council, history has proven that it is all about the money. Military families do not understand this because we do not make our sacrifices for the money. We do it for the freedom we keep.


CC: Governor Mark R. Warner
Naval Air Station Oceana VA
3 09/16/2005

base closing in Maine



ok what are you and the president doing with clothing brunswick navel base . let the terrist come right in on this shore. because you people dont care what happened to the usa. this base it on the coast line and why dont you close all inland bases. on the one that protect this country. I am very disappointed it our goverment. it seem to me that you wasnt this country to be distroyed. that is how it looks to me. and im not the only one either.I guess you can blame 911 on our own goverment.
Naval Air Station Brunswick ME
4 09/16/2005

Why Not Do This Instead



What is the point in close down more bases the more you close down the more at risk we will be and shortly we wont have any protection have yall ever thought about that ......not only that but have you thought about using the bases as shelter for the refugees of hurricane katrina .Yall are going to leave us with nothing by the time yall are done shutting down all the bases , we will be here in the us with no protection then when it is time to go to war if we need to there will be nothing there to help us to protect us . I do not agree with shutting down bases for this simple fact . I just dont understand the need for shutting the bases down when we can use them , for hurricane victims who have lost their homes ...please help me understand better if you can thank you .


R.C
In Tennessee
TN
5 09/16/2005

Huriicane Katrina Economic Recovery



I just listened to our President saying he would commit unprecedented resources toward the recovery of the region devastated by hurricane Katrina. He stated this on the same day he approved the DOD and BRAC commission recommendation to close a Slidell LA facility that provides approximately 200 jobs and brings 20 million dollars annually into the Slidell community. One would believe that at a time like this we need to keep every dollar we can in our local communities in southeast Louisiana, Perhaps even plus-up the size of existing facilities or bring additional government facilities into the region to bolster the economy.
Leased Space - Slidell LA
6 09/16/2005

Substitute



Instead opf closing Military bases, consider closing the White House and get rid of Bush and Cheney...along with all thier staff.
I am positive they can all get jobs as stand up comedians
WA
7 09/15/2005

MILITARY CLOSURE



TO HONERABLE CONGRESSMEN:
I WOULD LIKE TO VOICE MY DISSAPOINTMENT ON THE SUBJECT OF MILITARY BASE CLOSURE. WITH MORE TERORIST THREATS TO THE UNITED STATES THAN EVER BEFORE I BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE INCREASING OUR MILITARY. WITH THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA WE SEE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS THE MILITARY TO HELP AND PROTECT OUR PEOPLE AND HOMELAND. IF WE KEEP THE BASES OPEN THAT WE HAVE OR JUST STRATEGICALLY PLACED WE CAN COME TO THE RESQUE OF OUR OWN PEOPLE MORE QUICKLY. THIS SHOULD BE A WARNING TO OUR GOVERNMENT THAT EVEN IF IT COSTS US MORE WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WANT TO LIVE IN A SAFE COUNTRY. WHAT GOOD IS SAVING THE MONEY AND LOSING LIFE? WE NEED THE MILITARY! WE NEED A STRONG GOVERNMENT MORE TODAY THAN IN THE PAST. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.
DALE NICHOLS
FL
8 09/15/2005

Base Closures



Why not consider bases recently closed or about to be closed for temporary placement of those displaced by the hurricane in Louisiana.
Several advantages are immediate. They do not drain on the economy of other states. The bases have a ready made town with jobs to fill for commissary, library, clubs, bowling alleys, they have medical facilities/ clinic / hospitals.

The closed bases could be reopened and all persons displaced from Louisiana would be housed there, so that resovling insurance, unemployment and welfare issues were centrally addressed. All able bodied persons could be trained for construction, plumbing, electrical skills so that they could return to New Orleans and in six months and be part of the work force to restore New Orleans as well as provide them training that will get them off welfare in the future.

This would also provide an opportunity for those communities where base closures are going into effect or have been in effect to help with their transition.
LA
9 09/15/2005

closing oceana



I think is a bad dea for you guys to close nas oceana because the base is not treat to anyone or person. my boyfriend is in the navy stationed at oceana and he is not to happy about it
Naval Air Station Oceana VA
10 09/15/2005

Storm Damage considerations



Given the damage we have sustained from Katrina should we still move forward with closing the largest NAS on the east coast?
Naval Air Station Brunswick ME
11 09/15/2005

closure of Bradley Int Air National Guard



Why are we going to be the only state in this country without a National Guard? Dont you think that the East Coast deserves protection? I think we do.
Bradley International Airport Air Guard Station CT
12 09/15/2005

Base Closures



The thought of reducing any part of Ellington Field is Ridiculous! I don't think you people(who do not even live around the base)have a clue. Do you not realize how big the Houston Ship Channel is and how big of a disaster it would be if something were to happen there. Ellington is the security WE have around Houston and the Gulf Coast. There is a sense of security knowing the 147th Fighter Wing is out there in the skies watching over the Gulf Coast and the Houston Ship Channel. It is a deterrent for Idiots who may be up to no good. I think you need to do more research and get the opinions of the people you are affecting before you start messing with Security.
Cordially,
Regina Caffall
Ellington Field Air Guard Station TX
13 09/15/2005

The planes from Otis were the first to respond to 911.



I guess we will see how carefully you take our thoughts into consideration!
Otis Air Guard Base MA
14 09/15/2005

The planes from Otis were the first to respond to 911.



Why does Bush want to shut down the base? We need this. It just makles me feels that he does not care about anyone other thatn the oil companies and the very rich. The majority of the people does not agree with Bush, why is he getting his way?????? Unjust, unfair, Un American!!!!!
Otis Air Guard Base MA
15 09/15/2005

previouse BRAC lists



Hello,
I was wondering where i could find a list of all of the base closures from 1988 1993 and 1995.

Thank You
ME
16 09/15/2005

BRAC



Can someone PLEASE tell me what is going on with the 913 Airlift Wing at the Willow Grove ARS, PA. I cannot find anything in any report concerning our organization except a chart at the end of the report sent to the president where it shows 0-0 next to our name and type of aircraft. I see that the same is showing next to the 111th. What does this mean? Are we closing or not? No one can tell us anything. This has been very confusing for us. Everyone report talks about the 111th ANG and the Naval Air Station. What about us?
PA
17 09/15/2005

Great Job



While I wish you had gone further in your base closures, it's clear you had to balance what Congress would vote for versus what the DOD really needed done. There is no doubt that another BRAC round is in the future. The country can ill afford the bloat that was left on the table.

No one can doubt that the pain and anguish that was visible on the Commissioners faces during the public hearings was real. The nation is grateful for your personal sacrifice and tireless efforts.
18 09/15/2005

Future Use of BRAC Sites/Facilities



It might be wise to consider working with the Department of Homeland Security in order to develop Emergency Management Staging/Supply Areas at bases that are eventually closed due to BRAC decisions...regionally located, emergency supplies and provisions (water, MREs, medical kits, cots, tents, etc.) could be pre-set in temperature and humidity controlled buildings...with helicopters landing zones adjacent to them, such vital items would be readily accessible in times of natural or man-made disasters...Fred C. Lash, Major, USMC (Retired), 703-329-4610, VSE Corporation
19 09/15/2005

NAS OCEANA



I have been a Naval spouse for 14+ years. We were stationed at NAS Alameda when it was on the BRAC list and was closed down. It was terrible hearing the people wondering how they were going to make ends meet without the base for business. I don't understand why NAS Oceana is on the BRAC list. My husband was on the USS Enterprise when 9/11 happened. Never was I so grateful for living so close to a jet-fighter base as I was then. Unsure of what was going to happen next I knew we (my family) would be safe because of that base. Which in turn would ease my husband's mind as he turned around and did the job he needed to do to protect our country. I can't speak for Washington,DC. but I feel certain they felt abit better knowing help wasn't far off either.
With times as uncertain as they are now I believe closing NAS Oceana would be a great injustice to the military and it's families not to mention the city in which it resides. NAS Oceana has defended my family and myself so it's time to return the favor and ask that you let us keep our precious base.
Thank You,
Mrs. R. Kirby
Naval Air Station Oceana VA
20 09/15/2005

Oceana



Send the jets to Cecil where they belong.
Naval Air Station Oceana VA
21 09/15/2005

Oceana



You all have no right to force the City to buy my and my neighbors homes. We all say no to Oceana and the danger and noise and let Jeb have all of them. We will help them pack.
Naval Air Station Oceana VA
22 09/14/2005

Opening Cecil Field issues the PEYTON refuses to TELL



To Whom it may concern:
Thank you for listening to the below message.

PEYTON neglected to tell BRAC that for them to open Cecil Field they will have to DISPLACE Thousands of families that are currently living in the area.
He also neglected to tell the BRAC committee that the home that have been built since the initial base closure have not been built with aviation noise guard materials. CHURCH's SCHOOLS, BUSINESS's will have to be bulldozed to the ground and rebuilt.
PEYTON also did not tell the BRAC committee that they changed the flight plans for the jets to accommodate housing developments which are currently not in compliance for the noise levels either.
Peyton also neglected to mention the MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IT WILL cost to displace the thousands of people located in the newly determined flight patterns.
This is a huge mistake, the same problems exist in Cecil Filed that exist in the OCEANA area.
This move is not going to FIX the CURRENT PROBLEM JUST MOVE IT TO A NEW LOCATION.

Please Please consider FIXING your current problems not moving them to a new location.
Naval Air Station Oceana FL
23 09/14/2005

Anthony Principi, USA Op-Ed piece



Your Op-Ed piece in USA Today is absurd. As for Ft. Monmouth you didn't follow the criteria as our staff said during the hearing. Clearly LTG Hilton was told by hid former Army buddies to close Fort Monmout. Just so you know we were just told we will have to "safari" back to Ft. Dix and Lakehurst to do our testing because Aberdeen can't handle it. No politic. Right.
Fort Monmouth NJ
24 09/13/2005

Thank You



13 Sep 2005


I would like to express my sincere appreciation for removal of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from closure recommendation.

Patriotism cannot be measured by dollars saved, our nation will only prosper as long we allow our dedicated citizens to work in service of the United States. The skilled craftsmen who have worked for the past two centuries and continue to work on the shipyard today are a proud example of our nation?s resources.

I am honored in the knowledge that the BRAC Commission saw the value of the Shipyard to our national defense and I am proud to refer to myself as a Portsmouth Naval Shipyard worker.

Thank You
Sincerely,
David H. Paluszek
Farmington, NH
Naval Shipyard Portsmouth NH
25 09/13/2005

Fort Monmouth



I agree with you that the National Defense Strategy Plan should have been reviewed first. I respectfully request that the goals, objectives and strategy outlined in Army Vision 2010 and Joint Vision 2010 as mentioned on the Fort Monmouth web site should be reviewed as well.

Fort Monmouth is considered a leader among Army installations in providing infrastructure development and support to the Team C4ISR mission of equipping the joint warfighter with tomorrow's technology.

The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard was a public shipyard leader. I am from the Willow Grove area.

Thanking you for your time in reading this note, I am.

Respectfully yours,



JUDITH M. MYERSON
Former ADP Security Manager/Officer
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 1988-1996
Fort Monmouth NJ
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