NAS New Orleans Would Lose Early Warning Squadron under 2013 Budget
The Navy’s fiscal 2013 budget proposes to decommission the Navy Reserve’s Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77 at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS-JRB) New Orleans, eliminating about 100 active duty and reserve Navy personnel and 55 contractors.
The proposal comes as DOD is attempting to cut $487 billion in projected spending through 2021. Local officials were disappointed to learn about losing the unit, which focuses on stopping the flow of illegal drugs, but said that the move would not jeopardize the future of the facility located in Belle Chasse just outside of New Orleans, reported the Times-Picayune.
“I was very disappointed to learn that NAS-JRB will be losing a flying organization, and that is never a good thing for the community,” said David Mize, chairman of the Mayor’s Military Advisory Committee of Greater New Orleans. “But with that said, I do not think losing this one squadron hurts the long-term viability of NAS-JRB as an active air station.”
The air station is home to about 7,000 active-duty and reserve Navy, Marine Corps, Air National Guard, Army Reserve and Coast Guard personnel. The squadron moved from NAS Atlanta to Louisiana after the Georgia installation closed as a result of BRAC 2005.