August 26, 2005

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.

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.
While Skinner says we dodged a bullet, I'd say we got a significant flesh wound. More details on QC Online.

Moving Out

-- Tank-automotive & Armaments Command - 1,129 jobs

-- Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center - up to 181 jobs

-- Installation Management Agency - 133 jobs

Total=1443 jobs lost

Moving In

-- 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


At 8/27/2005 8:04 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

And we are loosing our Air Force unit in Springfield now too. It goes to Indiana - a Red State.

Surely a pay off by George Bush to someone who helped him get re-elected.....

Those BRAC guys are as purely political as they come. Don't be fooled by their attempt to be perceived as impartial. They are anything but.

At 8/31/2005 7:11 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Read Denny Hastert's comments in both of today's local papers.

He is freakin clueless about the BRAC process and yet trying to take total credit for something he had nothing to do with.

Even if Hastert did try and make a few back door moves, he really has no idea about the RIA and it's not in his district anyway. Read between the lines on his response - and see that he does not care because the current incumbant Congressman who has the Arsenal is a Democrat!!!

Politics at it's worst -- the BRAC.


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