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Army leaders ask for new BRAC in 2017

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Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal are no stranger to BRAC, as they were on the receiving end in both 1995 and 2005. Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal are no stranger to BRAC, as they were on the receiving end in both 1995 and 2005.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Army leaders asked Congress for a new round of Base Realignment and Closures in 2017. This came as military leaders work to balance their books and cut back on troops.

The Army posted an article about a new BRAC round on their website Friday. The release said the Army is looking into its infrastructure. It went on to say the recommendation for BRAC legislation from the Army and other services could make it to Congress by April.

Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal are no stranger to BRAC, as they were on the receiving end in both 1995 and 2005. According to the Army's release, leaders said they're focused on cost savings and efficiencies.

Mayor Tommy Battle said he's optimistic but also reserved because nothing is official yet, and is closely following what's happening in D.C. However, he's not sure whether Congress will consider any BRAC legislation this year and even leading up to the 2016 Presidential Election, but 2017 could be a different story.

Huntsville's economy significantly benefited from the Base Realignment and Closures in 1995 and 2005. Mayor Battle said a committee is already working on projects to make Huntsville an ideal place to receive more military projects as other bases and installations close, but said there are still a lot of variables in play.

"Three years is a quick turn around on any BRAC movement, most of them take five years," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "Maybe it is the department of defense officials trying to start that conversation to look at a future BRAC but maybe in a future year."

A spokesperson for Congressman Brooks said Congress has no intentions to discuss BRAC now or even into 2017.

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