Friday, March 28, 2014

BRAC a growth opportunity?

The Army's Fort Rucker stands to gain missions during any future round of base closings. That's according to Rod Wolfe, a retired brigadier general who is a member of Friends of Fort Rucker. Wolfe, who also serves on Alabama's Military Stability Commission, points out that the base in Southeast Alabama near Dothan has an array of assets that could allow it to benefit from the next Base Realignment and Closure round. He said it would cost millions to relocate the helicopter training facility. Besides, there's room to grow. The base has 63,000 acres of space and 5,000 are used. The post also 32,000 square miles of available air space, access to a highly trained workforce and is located in a region with a low cost of living. (Source: Southeast Sun, 03/26/14) The Navy trains helicopter pilots in the Florida Panhandle at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, in Milton, Fla.