BRAC approves Arsenal cuts
BRAC Commissioner Samuel K. Skinner on Thursday said the Rock Island Arsenal "dodged a major bullet" in the base closing process by losing jobs but not closing completely.While Skinner says we dodged a bullet, I'd say we got a significant flesh wound. More details on QC Online.
During a brief interview, Mr. Skinner, who visited the Arsenal on behalf of the commission, defended the panel's vote to send 1,129 Quad-Cities jobs to the Detroit Arsenal. The panel approved the move despite protests that the transfer will cost too much and not further Army integration.
-- Tank-automotive & Armaments Command - 1,129 jobs
-- Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center - up to 181 jobs
-- Installation Management Agency - 133 jobs
Total=1443 jobs lost
-- 1st Army Headquarters - 277 jobs
-- Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant: 54 jobs
-- Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant: 89 jobs
Total= 420 jobs gained
NET LOSS = 1,023 jobs