Tennessee, Alabama Embrace Arsenal Newcomers

The shorter commutes, lower cost of living and Southern hospitality won’t take long to get used to for many of the 4,700 soldiers and Army civilians moving to the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., as a result of BRAC 2005.

Along with the DOD personnel moving to the Tennessee Valley, 5,000 defense and aerospace industry jobs are opening up in the region, as well as an estimated 9,000 indirect jobs. Huntsville and Madison both have grown significantly in the past decade, and are facing some challenges in accommodating the latest arrivals, namely school and road infrastructure.

Nevertheless community leaders believe they will be ready for the thousands of new residents relocating to Redstone, a testament to the tight bonds between the arsenal’s host communities and the men and women who work at the installation.

“The incredibly positive relationship we have with all the local communities is one of the keys to our success,” Col. John Hamilton, garrison commander, told Army public affairs. “There has never been any doubt in my mind that this community sees growth on Redstone Arsenal as something that is positive for northern Alabama and southern Tennessee.”

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