2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: 6 Aug 2007 16:20:37 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Ft. Custer (MI) encroachment
Military importance of the Harts Lake area

Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)
August 5, 2007

Regarding the proposed sale of the lower two-thirds of the 445-acre Harts Lake property, decision-makers should keep in mind the importance of this sale to the future of the Fort Custer Training Center (FCTC) , home to multiple branches of the military, including the largest user, the Michigan Army National Guard.

FCTC faces two major threats to its continuing operation: the potential for listing in a future round of base closings (BRAC funding is in the new federal budget), and encroachment by development at its unprotected east boundary, Harts Lake, which is incompatible with its expanding training mission. Base closures elsewhere and expanded global military action have contributed to a significant increase in demand for training opportunities at Fort Custer from all branches of the service - active, reserve and guard. Last year, over 100,000 trainees from five states took part in military readiness exercises. That number will have shown considerable growth by the end of this year and is estimated to be exceeded by another 20,000 next year. In addition, various state and local police units utilize the firing ranges for their ongoing training.


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Lenny Siegel
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