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We're probably safe

Posted Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at 8:44 AM

The Pentagon last week announced a series of proposed cuts for the military that could lead to another round of Base Realignment and Closure Commissions.

Details are still sketchy, but overall, the Air Force will lose 10,000 airmen in the next fiscal year, and over the next five years will eliminate six tactical air squadrons, probably most from the F-16 fleet. The F-35 procurement program also will be slowed down considerably.

The Army and Navy also will face deep cuts, especially in ground forces (Army troops and Marines).

Our sources tell us many -- but not all -- of the bases that DoD will look at cutting will be overseas, and in fact, two Army brigades now stationed there will be removed and replaced with U.S.-based brigades that will rotate in and out of Europe, where we suspect most of the cuts will be made.

But there probably will be some bases cut at home.

At first blush, we would suggest Mountain Home Air Force Base will not be on any lists. We could be wrong, but the base is well positioned for the future.

First, we have the training range, one of the best in the country.

Second, we are the home of a foreign squadron, the 428th Fighter Squadron "Buccaneers" of the Republic of Singapore, who are here as part of a long-term treaty arrangement.

Third, we are the preferred location to base a second foreign-national squadron, that of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In fact, after trying so hard (and unsuccessfully) to obtain some F-35 squadrons, we may actually see F-15SAs out here long before anyone else in the county gets any F-35s, which has been a troubled program in development.

All this doesn't mean we shouldn't keep our antennae up about any BRAC that should come along, but we're in good shape to avoid being on any list, so people shouldn't panic.

Overall, things look pretty good in the long run for both the base and the city.

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Kelly Everitt: I've never seen you post a comment on your blog but I'll still address you in hopes of getting an answers.

I think you are correct in thinking that MHAFB is safe from the next round of BRAC. But for the sake of argument lets assume the military said, "shut down Mountain Home AFB by the end of 2014".

What would the City of Mountain Home look like in 2015 and beyond?

-- Posted by bondyweb on Wed, Feb 1, 2012, at 3:04 PM

TB - I don't believe he has ever commented here. Not sure if he even checks the posts.

-- Posted by VicVega on Wed, Feb 1, 2012, at 3:18 PM

WE have had oppertunity to be independent of the base we have not done so.The infastructure to do that for some reason seems to elude us and that is a shame because it would only enchance our town.I have called this home since 1972 and have always stated we have to many eggs in one basket,it needs to change.

It would be in our best intrest if we could get back to 5,200-5,400 people in uniform here.IT would also be in our best intrest if we could get some form of industry prefferable manufacturing ......... my opinion.

Not going to get into the saudi'S.....HERE

-- Posted by lamont on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 5:28 PM

Not to be snide, argumentative or insulting. No one wants their ox gored.

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 4:31 AM

Could be. But most definitely why spending is out of control. Too many ox's, not enough money.

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 8:29 AM

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