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No bases in Colorado are on list of closures

STEVEN K. PAULSON
Associated Press Writer

DENVER ” Colorado’s military posts largely escaped the knife Friday as the Pentagon proposed a series of base closures that could end up adding thousands of military jobs, according to the state’s congressional delegation.

The Army’s sprawling Fort Carson post near Colorado Springs would gain more than 4,300 jobs, the majority of them in the permanent reassignment of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is based in South Korea and overseen by the 2nd Infantry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas.

“The brigade team from Texas will be welcome here in Colorado, we’ll make sure our fighting spirit rubs off on them,” Rep. John Salazar, R-Colo., said in a statement. “I’m sure they’ll come to love rural Colorado as much as we do.”

The other gainers were Air Force bases ” Buckley (94 jobs), Peterson (510) and Schriever (95), according to a list of the proposal obtained by The Associated Press.

The Air Reserve Personnel Center, an office in Aurora that processes call-up paperwork, will be relocated to Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, a move affecting some 1,600 jobs. Half will move to Texas and Georgia, and the rest will be reassigned or replaced with civilians, according to Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo.

The loss, however, will be nearly made up with the consolidation of Defense Finance and Accounting Service functions from other installations around the nation, according to a spokesman for Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo. That move will add 1,557 jobs, meaning an overall job loss of 108.

“It’s a great day for Colorado,” said Allard, who said he worked with GOP Rep. Joel Hefley “to make sure our bases remained modern and pertinent.”

Allard said Colorado has 30,000 to 50,000 military jobs, but the total number and their locations are classified. The Pentagon list must still be approved by President Bush, but the White House cannot make changes.


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