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Glance at Alabama military bases and BRAC effect

A glance at Alabama military bases and effect of Pentagon recommendation to BRAC commission:

BASE: Anniston Army Depot

LOCATION: Anniston

KEY FACTS: Established in 1941, the depot covers more than 25 square miles and 15-thousand acres of woodland. It is home of the U-S Army Materiel Command and is the Army's lone depot capable of performing maintenance on heavy-tracked combat vehicles. Primary weapons systems include tanks (M-One Abrams) and all self-propelled and towed howitzers.Includes chemical weapons incinerator, which is destroying weapons stored at the depot for years. Population includes two-thousand-402 civilian employees and one-thousand-158 contract employees.

RECOMMENDATION: Would gain one-thousand-34 civilian jobs.

CHANGE: Would pick up maintenance missions currently being performed at Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, Texas.

BASE: Fort Rucker

LOCATION: 80 miles south of Montgomery

KEY FACTS: Base traces its origins back to World War Two. It covers about 64-thousand-500 acres in the Wiregrass area. Current mission is to develop the aviation force for its worldwide mission, including helicopter training for Air Force and Army pilots. Daytime population of the base is about 14-thousand, including five-thousand-100 service members, six-thousand-400 civilian and contract employees and three-thousand-200 military family members.

RECOMMENDATION: Would gain one-thousand-734 military positions and 154 civilian jobs.

CHANGE: Gains military and civilian jobs by consolidation of helicopter training at the southeast Alabama fort. A helicopter test facility at Fort Rucker would be moved to Redstone Arsenal.

BASE: Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base

LOCATION: Montgomery

KEY FACTS: In 1918, the U-S government purchased the land, located on the Wright Brothers' flying field, for a military depot. The base is primarily academic-oriented, educating entry-level Airmen through senior officers. Air University is the primary unit, also directing the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. The base has a total population of more than 21-thousand military and civilian, including four-thousand active duty. The annual payroll tops 700 (m) million dollars.

RECOMMENDATION: Would lose 740 military personnel and 511 civilian jobs.

CHANGE: Would move program that managers computer systems and operations from Gunter to Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.

BASE: Redstone Arsenal

LOCATION: Huntsville

KEY FACTS: Established in 1941, it has been the Army's center for missile and rocket programs for more than four decades. Combined with Marshall Space Flight Center, government property investment at the base is about two-point-five (b) billion dollars. Redstone specializes in missile research and maintenance of high-tech weapons systems. Its working population of government and contractors is near 17-thousand, with about two-thousand soldiers assigned there.

RECOMMENDATION: Would lose 986 military personnel, but would gain a total of one-thousand-655 civilian jobs including more than one-thousand contract positions.

CHANGE: Would gain helicopter test facility from Fort Rucker. The headquarters of Army Material Command and United States Army Security Assistance Command would move to Redstone from Fort Belvoir, Virginia. A robotics development program would move from Redstone to Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan.

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