June 1, 1985 |
The Honduran army's closure of the main bases used by Nicaraguan rebels has severely hampered the guerrillas' operations in northern Nicaragua, U.S. officials said Friday. Three weeks after the Hondurans ordered the anti-Sandinista rebels to evacuate the bases along their southern border with Nicaragua, the contras' ability to move men and supplies across the frontier remains restricted, according to officials with access to U.S. intelligence reports on the area.
July 17, 2001 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, facing resistance from lawmakers protecting local military programs, argued for closing bases and slashing the B-1 bomber force to save money. Rumsfeld told lawmakers that failure to reduce Cold War-era bomber fleets and close bases would "send a damaging signal" as the military looks for savings. Rumsfeld said the bombers are 20 years old, not stealthy, intended for a fight the nation is no longer fighting and "not viable in a conflict today."
July 13, 1995 |
President Clinton on Wednesday postponed a decision on the proposed closing of 79 military bases but Administration officials predicted that after a day of additional study he would accept the plan this morning. Clinton, whose reelection prospects could be damaged by base closures in California, spent time examining plans to turn over to private contractors aircraft maintenance at McClellan Air Force Base near Sacramento and Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, aides said.
May 23, 1997 |
California's congressional delegation is mobilizing to block yet another threatened series of base closures, with many members asserting that the state took an unfair beating in the last three rounds and that it's somebody else's turn. Lawmakers are wiser now for having watched the economic fallout from the last three rounds of closures, which shut down or realigned 29 of California's military installations.
March 20, 1993 |
The nation's senior military officer on Friday defended the latest round of military base closures as a painful step that "has to be done" if the armed services are to maintain their strength amid major budget cuts. In speeches in Sacramento and in Los Angeles--both areas threatened by new military closures--Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that defense budget cutbacks will force deeper cuts in military personnel if unneeded installations are not closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1991 |
Little opposition was offered Wednesday as a commission studying military base closures took testimony on a Pentagon recommendation to shut down the Tustin Marine Corps Air Station. In fact, Tustin City Councilwoman Leslie Anne Pontious told the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission that the city would not protest a move to shut down the base, if that is what President Bush and Congress want.