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BRAC reshapes Army's structure, future.

SINCE 2005, the Army has been reshaping its infrastructure to better support the force in compliance with Base Realignment and Closure legislation, and the process is on track for completion this month.

"Consolidating and repositioning several major commands will save millions in personnel and facilities costs and is needed to put the Army on the path to future sustainability," said Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the Installation Management Command.

Through the BRAC process, many commands have instituted large moves.

U.S. Army Forces Command and the Army Reserve Command have moved from Atlanta to a shared building at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Installation Management Command moved from Arlington, Va., to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The Armor School at Fort Knox, Ky., merged with the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga., and formed the Maneuver Center of Excellence. Army Materiel Command moved from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

One of the largest moves under BRAC is that of the 1st Armored Division to Fort Bliss, Texas. This move is expected to see 29,600 Soldiers and 45,000 family members, all relocating to the El Paso, Texas area.

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"When BRAC and Army Transformation are complete, Fort Bliss will have enough new facilities to accommodate five brigade combat teams, a division staff and their families," said Lynch.

Additional moves include the consolidation of transportation, ordnance and logistics schools at Fort Lee, Va.; and move of the Communications Electronics Command activities to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

"We have no way of knowing exactly what the future will look like," said Lynch, "but the 2005 BRAC process better positioned the Army to meet future challenges."

--Brian Gebhart for ARNEWS

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Title Annotation:ARMY NEWS: From Army News Service and other sources; Base Realignment and Closure
Author:Gebhart, Brian
Publication:Soldiers Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2011
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