2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:13:06 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Loring Air Force Base (ME)
A Maine Town's Long Recovery After Losing Loring AFB

Daily Finance
August 19, 2010

The Department of Defense's Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) plans to close 20 military bases across the country by Sept. 15, 2011. Once a military facility closes, the ripple effect is felt throughout the surrounding communities: families lose neighbors, businesses lose customers and workers lose jobs. In this series of stories, Daily Finance looks at how closures have affected communities in the past, and at what some military families and the businesses that cater to them plan to do once their base closes.

Located less than five miles from the Canadian border, the small town of Limestone, Maine, is home to roughly 2,000 people, most of whom work in agriculture, forestry or at one of a handful of new businesses that now call the town home. In the words of local resident Carl Flora, Limestone -- and the rest of Aroostook County -- "has always had a reputation for pulling together. We realize that, if we are going to survive, we need to work together."

That sense of community was put to the test on Sept. 30, 1994, when nearby Loring Air Force Base closed. One of America's closest bases to the Soviet Union, it was the second-largest airfield in the Strategic Air Command and a central part of Cold War strategy. By 1991, more than 4,500 active-duty military personnel were stationed at Loring. Including families, it was home to more than 9,000 people. It also employed over 1,000 civilian workers from the surrounding area.


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