State's leaders pleased with BRAC list, but some urge caution

UNDATED, Ala. (AP)_Alabama is gaining new jobs under the Pentagon's base closure list -- but it is not a done deal. The list faces additional review by a federal commission, Congress and the president.

Calhoun County State Representative Randy Wood said local officials have been told the Anniston Army Depot would be picking up missions currently performed at Red River Army Depot in Texas. The Anniston depot performs maintenance on tanks and other heavy-tracked combat vehicles and Red River has a similar mission on a smaller scale.

Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting said he was pleased after learning that Fort Rucker would gain almost two-thousand military and civilian jobs.

In a speech this morning to business leaders in Huntsville, Congressman Bud Cramer called the report -- quote -- "great news for north Alabama." But he warned that other states will try to get their bases off the closure list and he said Alabama officials will have to continue to fight to sustain the gains.

Redstone Arsenal would lose 986 military personnel, but gain one-thousand-586 civilian workers.

Alabama Senator Richard Shelby cautioned that the report is only a recommendation and could be changed by the BRAC commission.

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