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May 18, 2005
So Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the military can save $49 billion in the next 20 years by closing upward of 180 military bases (May 14). How many billions have we already committed to Iraq again? And how many jobs would be lost and cities and towns devastated by these closures? The wheels on the bus go round and round. Mike McNiff Costa Mesa So, let me get this straight. We're closing 180 military bases. At the same time, Iraq is worse for our troops than it was during the "war."
October 6, 1988 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
Senate and House negotiators agreed Wednesday on a bill to speed the process of closing unnecessary military bases--traditionally paralyzed by parochial political concerns--and produce savings estimated at $2 billion a year. The Senate and House are expected to approve the legislation this week and send it to President Reagan for his signature.
The House on Tuesday cleared the way for the shutdown of 34 domestic military installations, including seven in California, as the Pentagon announced that it will soon withdraw from 79 overseas facilities, mostly in Germany. The 364-60 vote, endorsing the recommendations of a federal base-closing commission, will trigger shutdowns and realignments that are expected to save billions of dollars.
February 14, 1986 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
In President Jimmy Carter's day, the Pentagon drew up a list of 157 military bases and other installations that it wanted to close, at a savings of $474 million a year. But Carter, faced with an uprising from members of Congress in whose districts the bases were located, would have nothing to do with it. Last year Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger prepared a less ambitious plan to close 22 sites. That one got nowhere in Congress either.
February 21, 2008 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
After crossing Africa from west to east and back, the central issues that followed President Bush on his tour all came together Wednesday in the white stucco Osu Castle here on the Atlantic shoreline. With gusto, the president declared "that's baloney" to the notion that the United States was preparing to establish military bases in Africa. "Or, as we say in Texas, that's bull," Bush said at a news conference with Ghanaian President John Kufuor.
September 28, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
South Koreans, apparently angry at the U.S. military over the deaths of two teenage girls, lobbed firebombs at an American base. Several unidentified men threw at least nine firebombs over the wall of Camp Red Cloud at Uijongbu, north of Seoul, said South Korean police. No damage was reported. South Korea's government told the U.S. Embassy that it regretted the incident. Police suspect that the attackers were protesting the June deaths of two South Koreans struck by a U.S. military vehicle.
February 16, 1988 | From Reuters
U.S. and Greek officials began a third round of negotiations Monday on the future of American military bases in Greece, government officials said. The talks involve the operation of four major military bases and 20 smaller installations under an agreement signed in 1983 that expires at the end of this year.
The Clinton Administration is drafting an executive order to allow surplus military bases and other excess federal property to be used as shelters for homeless people, officials said Tuesday. Henry G. Cisneros, the new secretary of housing and urban development, said he is studying selected buildings on decommissioned bases near urban areas, including old barracks and officers' quarters, as part of the Administration's plan to convert defense facilities to civilian use.
May 9, 1991 | HUGO MARTIN
Ventura County Supervisor Maria VanderKolk told a federal commission Wednesday that she supports a plan by Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney to close 30 major military bases and trim operations at dozens of others, including the Pacific Missile Test Center at Point Mugu. The Point Mugu center, which is located in VanderKolk's supervisorial district, would lose 820 jobs over the next five years under Cheney's plan to streamline the country's military operations.
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