Panel Votes to Keep Ellsworth Air Base
An independent panel votes to keep open South Dakota's Ellsworth Air Force Base. The base closing commission voted to reject a Pentagon plan to close the facility.
Sen. John Thune (R-SD) argued during the 2004 campaign that he would make a better case for sparing the base than then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.
Below is a list of major votes by the base closure commission, as of 9:50 a.m. Aug. 26.
CLOSE (as Pentagon recommended):
-Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Concord Detachment
-Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant
-Onizuka Air Force Station
-Naval Air Station Atlanta
-Newport Chemical Depot (closure was conditioned upon completion of treaty obligations)
-Kansas Army Ammunition Plant
-Selfridge Army Activity
-Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant
-Naval Station Pascagoula
-Fort Monmouth (closure was conditioned on an assurance that research under way in connection with the war on terrorism won't be disrupted)
-Umatilla Chemical Depot (closure was conditioned upon completion of treaty obligations)
-Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant
-Naval Station Ingleside
-Deseret Chemical Depot (closure was conditioned upon completion of treaty obligations and a study to see if the depot can be converted for another use)
KEEP OPEN (either wholly or partially, rather than close as the Pentagon wanted):
-Naval Support Activity, Corona
-Submarine Base New London
-Naval Support Activity, New Orleans
-Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
-Hawthorne Army Depot
-Ellsworth Air Force Base
-Red River Army Depot
CLOSE (rather than downsize as Pentagon wanted):
-Naval Air Station Brunswick
KEEP OPEN (rather than drastically downsize as the Pentagon had wanted):
-Eielson Air Force Base.
KEEP OPEN (with conditions):
The commission also decided to keep open two bases it had considered closing, but it added conditions in both cases. The Pentagon wanted all along to keep them open. Those bases are:
-Broadway Complex San Diego
-Oceana Naval Air Station
Sources: The Associated Press
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