WASHINGTON — Military bases in Hawaii and California are among several a commission is considering adding to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's list of proposed closures, the panel's chairman said Friday.
In a letter sent to the Pentagon, Chairman Anthony J. Principi identified additional bases the Base Realignment and Closure Commission may recommend closing, and sought explanations for why the Pentagon decided to leave those facilities open.
Specifically, the letter asks why the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the Navy Broadway Complex, both in San Diego, and the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were not slated for closure.
It also questions the Pentagon's decisions to downsize, rather than close, the Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine, Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina and Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota.