Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) ruled out any chance there would be a new round of base closures in the next couple of years during comments he made last week to the Nortex Regional Planning Commission in north central Texas.
The remark built on earlier comments by the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee revealing a strong reluctance to consider authorizing a BRAC round. In January, Thornberry said the nation needed to better define the future roles and missions of its military before shuttering military bases.
“We are still having a discussion in this country about what the role of the United States is in the world and about what sort of military capabilities we need to fulfill that role,” he told CQ.
At Thursday’s presentation in Wichita Falls, home of Sheppard Air Force Base, Thornberry said he didn’t know when Congress would approve the next BRAC. But he reassured the commission it wouldn’t occur without his say-so, reported the Times Record News.
“It’s not going to happen unless I agree to it,” he said. “That’s the bottom line.”