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Saturday, February 16, 2013

WDT: FDRLO nears completion of local response to Army force structure assessment

      At installations around the nation, the lobbying and politicking is well underway as the current federal budget woes spark talk of military cutbacks.
      Here at Fort Drum, the effort has been continuous through various base closure efforts in the past three decades.
      It was heartening to hear the post's commander tell a civic group last week that Fort Drum is in good shape to avoid major cuts, but since everybody will be locked and loaded for the lobbying effort, there is no certainty.
     However, given the facility available, its location and the politics of it all, there is reason to think Major General StephenTownsend is correct.
Watertown Daily Times | FDRLO nears completion of local response to Army force structure assessment

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have no reason to believe closures would be decided based on logic. But I really don't care if we get some cuts locally. In fact, I would welcom them.

Anonymous said...

Avoid major cuts? Better tell that to the aviation folks at Dyncorp and URS. They're getting slashed left and right.

Anonymous said...

9:03 - how can you welcome cuts? Have any clue how much sales tax revenue that soldiers and their families provide? You think taxes are high now and jobs are scarce? Life with a reduced size Fort Drum means less sales tax revenue, higher property taxes and more people out of jobs.

I don't see that as a positive at all.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who says that they welcome cuts at Fort Drum is just foolish. The effect of less going on at Fort Drum trickles down all over Jefferson County.

Anonymous said...

People afraid of the cuts are the ones suckling at the teet. Jobs are not scare around here. But drum does suck up all the talented folks and put them to work doing nothing productive, leaving the private sector with little to choose from. And leaving the employee with an empty feeling inside, devoid of purpose and a spirit nourished by accomplishment.

Dan Francis said...

Just like during prevous "BRAC - base closure" talks -- Drum is not going anywhere, not closing, not being greatly reduced, etc. etc., yap, yap, yada...

I said before in many venues and I say it again now: "Drum is safe."

In fact, we may see a slight increase in troop strength and a bit more expansion, just like I said before about the types of units here and the airfield major expansion ... all of which did happen and woes were put to rest.

Too many keep the hand wringing and chest pounding alive ... Drum is safe. At ease!!!

Anonymous said...

Goodness 9:03 don’t you realize what would become of Watertown without the car dealers, tattoo parlors, gin joints and fast food emporiums?

What you should be really wanting is more federal money so they can bring in train loads of dirt and rock to build an honest to goodness mountain some where’s near the 10th Mountain Division Headquarters…otherwise some government bureaucrat might one day suggest the whole operation be moved someplace where there are real mountains to train in.

Anonymous said...

I just love it when all the flag-wavers make a slip and admit what Drum is all about - Federal Welfare - "Sales tax" that "soldeirs & their families provide" - (via confiscation from tax-payers to begin with) -

Cuts, hell! Close this welfare for the politically connected and the wealthy program.

Anonymous said...

1:27pm speaks the truth, the hypocrisy and double standard when it comes to Free$tuff is palatable. There isn’t a single pol within a hundred mile radius that has the backbone to tell it like it is.

ray lear said...

Well I hope they can keep the base open. Several kids have to have a place to come back to from the Middle East. Hell where would they put all the cars the boys having sitting up there?

Anonymous said...

hate to overstate the obvious there 12:28 but the adirondack mountains are just over there,stage right..

Anonymous said...

And Fort Campbell is actually located on the ground rather than in the air.

Only a libtard could draw a parallel between our area's economic befits, realized from the strategic location of an army division,
with the economic benefits realized by slackers and thugs via typical free$tuff librul policy.