|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||13 Aug 2005 18:34:19 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-IRF] Justice Department ruling on Guard closures|
Justice Dept. deals blow to Guard bases|
By KEVIN DENNEHY Cape Cod Times (MA) August 13, 2005
The Pentagon scored a critical victory over state governors yesterday in the ongoing struggle over which of America's military bases should be closed - and who should have input in those decisions.
The Department of Justice ruled that defense officials are not obligated to consult with state leaders before closing or reducing National Guard units, a decision that undercuts efforts in dozens of states where Guard bases are threatened.
State reserve units are subject to the authority of the Base Closure and Realignment Act, as are active duty units, wrote C. Kevin Marshall, deputy assistant attorney general, in a letter to Anthony Principi, chairman of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).
''We understand that all of the current round are located on land either owned or leased by the Department of Defense,'' Marshall wrote.
For the entire article, see http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/justicedept13.htm
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