Archive for Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Fort Leavenworth fares well in base-closing recommendations

May 18, 2005

Fort Leavenworth would see a net gain of 217 jobs and an estimated $65 million in new construction if the Defense Department's recommendations to the Base Alignment and Closure Commission are accepted.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld released his recommendations Friday in Washington, D.C. Not only was Fort Leavenworth spared closure, it would gain 212 military positions and five civilian positions under the recommendations.

"Fort Leavenworth still continues in its tradition of serving as the intellectual center of the Army," said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. "This will add greatly to the already excellent track record of innovative leadership so important in today's armed forces."

The 217 new jobs would come from establishment of the Midwestern Joint Regional Corrections Facility, according to a news release issued this morning from Fort Leavenworth's public affairs office. Fort Leavenworth is home to the Department of Defense's only maximum security prison, the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks

The Midwestern Joint Regional Corrections Facility would relocate correctional functions from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Fort Knox, Ky., and Fort Sill, Okla.

The recommendation, the release said, is part of a larger proposal to create a series of joint regional correctional facilities for the Department of Defense.

None of Kansas' four major military installations was on the closing list. The lone installation in Kansas targeted for closure was the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant and its 167 jobs in Parsons. Fort Riley was the state's big winner, gaining 2,400 troops, 440 civilian jobs and the return of the First Infantry Division headquarters and support battalion.

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