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Base Closing round underway !

by Angeline Booher / May 3, 2005 8:07 AM PDT
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If they close the airbase in
by Jerry562 / May 3, 2005 10:35 AM PDT

Charleston, you can kiss this area goodbye. We haven't recovered from the Navy base closing yet. The LAYWERS haven't stolen all the land given to the city (old base) yet either.

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(NT) (NT) replace with oil refineries?
by JP Bill / May 3, 2005 12:00 PM PDT
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Given the ports ...
by Evie / May 3, 2005 12:11 PM PDT

... might be an option for the Groton Sub Base that is on the list. The NIMBY's here in CT already nixed dredging the bay to make the facilities more amenable to servicing bigger subs, doubtful they would go for it. Watching Dodd and Lieberman (especially Dodd) is rather an interesting phenomena.

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Evie, could you tell me a little more or direct me to a
by Ziks511 / May 4, 2005 9:23 AM PDT
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website on the Groton closing. Can't understand the attitude of the NIMBY crowd in this instance. The old Electric Boat company (now General Dynamics or some newer incarnation) and the base were central to the economy. How's that going now?


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Chuckle ...
by Evie / May 5, 2005 6:56 AM PDT

... heard on the "news" today, that a commission has "concluded" that the base is critical to the economy of SE CT. A big DUH!!!!!!!! LOL

General Dynamics has long since gone from being the largest employer in the area (27K) to less than one-third that with defense cuts in the early 90's. Most skilled trades either re-trained to work the casinos or left for places South for work (and lower cost of living).

Along with GD's downsizing, many subcontractor companies closed shop or cut down dramatically. We have a friend that commutes ~1-1/2hr each way, each day for over 5 years now! We also have many friends that moved away. The economy isn't QUITE as defense/sub oriented as it was in the peak, but it would pretty much turn the region into "Little Vegas". There's not a lot to attract folks to come to the area for professional jobs to begin with, one wonders if the only other industry, pharmaceuticals, will last long if the area takes another hit like in the 90's.

The dredging issue was several years ago, but I suspect would be rehashed either way -- dredge so can accomodate the bigger ships or dredge so oil tankers can make port. Could be interesting to watch, and may be time to sell the house while the market is still good Wink Then again, if Dodd's clout is good for anything ... LOL Devil

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re: Charleston
by Angeline Booher / May 3, 2005 11:30 PM PDT

Charleston is the prettiest city I have visited in the US. You don't know how much I appreciated the absence of billboards! The baskets woven there are true art!

When my daughter was being based there, the scuttlebutt was that Charlestonians were very friendly. She and her family found that to be true.

Throw the historical sights and the recreational opportunities into the mix, and you have a very special city.

Those Globemaster panes are awesome! With the "rapid deployment" mindset, it would seem that the airlift base should be exempt.

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Maybe Charleston is exempt
by Jerry562 / May 5, 2005 8:00 AM PDT
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more for pity reasons. Those planes are super and can land on very short third world runways that the CeeBees made last night. The short runway sure isn't anything some other base couldn't offer.

It truly is a beautiful city. I came here from the North and I could tell you 'north/south' stories that would amuse you for hours. To say the least, I never went back up North.


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members of the BRAC Commission
by Angeline Booher / May 4, 2005 12:52 AM PDT
This year's BRAC Commission members are former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi, commission chairman; former Nevada Rep. James H. Bilbray; Philip Coyle, a former DoD director of operational test and evaluation; retired Navy Adm. Harold W. Gehman Jr., a former commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command; former Utah Rep. James V. Hansen; retired Army Gen. James T. Hill, former commander of U.S. Southern Command; retired Air Force Gen. Lloyd "Fig" Newton, former commander of Air Education and Training Command; former Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner; and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Sue Ellen Turner, former director of nursing services in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General



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