Central Pennsylvania Officials Gear up for BRAC
State and local leaders are preparing to defend several installations in central Pennsylvania, including Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg and the Army War College in Carlisle, in a future BRAC round, following last month’s announcement that the Pentagon plans to ask Congress for two new rounds of base closure.
“We understand the need for the downsizing or right-sizing of our military operations, but we want to make sure our bases are treated fairly and based on their merits. We think we have a good story to tell,” state Sen. Richard Alloway, whose district includes Letterkenny, told the Herald Mail. Alloway is co-chairman of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newly formed Military Installations and Base Development Caucus, an effort to protect the state’s 11 installations.
On Wednesday, the caucus asked Gov. Tom Corbett (R) for his help in supporting the state’s military presence.
The future of the Army War College is another regional concern. Tom Faley, chairman of the South Middleton Twp. Board of Supervisors, plans to ask the board to request that Cumberland County re-establish a commission that has helped to protect the Army War College in the past.
The impetus to consolidate the war college with the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., most likely still exists, Faley told the Patriot News. The Army is the only service that doesn’t have all of its senior academic institutions in one place.