BRAC recommendations show some impact on AFSPC
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - On May 13, 2005, the Office of the Secretary of Defense released its recommendations for Base Realignment and Closure to the BRAC Commission for review.

By Capt Christopher Anderson, AFSPC Public Affairs
Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - On May 13, 2005, the Office of the Secretary of Defense released its recommendations for Base Realignment and Closure to the BRAC Commission for review.
After nine months of gathering data, the DoD analyzed the information using the published selection criteria to determine which installations to recommend for realignment or closure.

“This whole effort was designed to continue with the Secretary of Defense’s idea of transforming the military services,” said Maj. Gen. Roosevelt Mercer, Jr., AFSPC Director of Plans and Programs. “And also, to bring us into a more joint environment where we can work better as a joint community.”

Only one Air Force Space Command installation was recommended for closure: Onizuka Air Force Station in Sunnyvale, Calif.

“If that recommendation is approved, it is our understanding the mission and approximately 60 of 184 people (military & DoD civilians, no contractors), will be moving to Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Maria, Calif.” said Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Leaf, vice commander, AFSPC. “The remainder of AFSPC installations are either receiving new missions or not impacted at all.”

The probable impacts to other AFSPC bases are as follow:

Buckley AFB, Colo. – Receives three F-16 aircraft and Reserve expeditionary combat support manpower. Buckley Annex realigns Air Force Personnel Center to Randolph AFB, Texas and receives other DFAS functions.

F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. – Receives Base Operations Support positions associated with actions at Cheyenne Municipal Airport, Wyo. Additionally, the installation receives a Wyoming Army National Guard Army Air Support facility, readiness center and field maintenance shop.

Los Angeles AFB, Calif. – No impact.

Malmstrom AFB, Mont. – Receives a new Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Patrick AFB, Fla. – The Nuclear Test and Evaluation Naval Ordnance Test Unit relocates to Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic, Kings Bay, Ga.

Peterson AFB, Colo. – Receives four C-130 aircraft from Dyess AFB, Texas. Additionally, a Counterintelligence Field Activity moves onto the installation.

Schriever AFB, Colo. – Receives expeditionary combat support manpower from Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., to become part of the Reserve Space Group.

Vandenberg AFB, Calif. – Receives the Air Force Satellite Control Network mission and tenant Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Satellite Communications mission and equipment from Onizuka AFS. Also receives expeditionary combat support manpower from the Reserve Air Refueling Wing from Portland International Airport, Ore.

The DoD recommendations are not final. The BRAC Commission has the authority to change the Department’s recommendations, if it determines that a recommendation deviated from the Force Structure Plan and/or selection criteria.

By September 8, 2005, the Commission will forward its recommendations to the President for review and approval. The President has until September 23, 2005 to approve or disapprove the BRAC recommendations. If the president disapproves the recommendations, the Commission has until October 20, 2005 to revise their recommendations.

If the president approves, he forwards the recommendations to Congress by November 7, 2005.

Congress will have 45 legislative days to reject the recommendations in their entirety or they become binding on the department.

The BRAC process is governed by law, specifically, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990. The process began in 2002 with an assessment of the future National Security Environment, followed by the development of a Force Structure Plan and basing requirements to meet those threats.

For more information on BRAC, visit the AFSPC Web site at, or the DoD Web site at

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