New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Hetdid Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, April 14, 1991
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AMERICAN LEGION POST #179 VETERANS MEMORIAL COMMITTTEE NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS 78131-0179 (512) 625-0179
Shock, anger greet base closures
Brick purchases should pave monument’s way
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON • News Editor
More than 60 bricks are beginning to pave the way for a veteran’s monument in Landa Park, but members of the Veterans Memorial Committee are urging more people to buy a brick to make the memorial a reality.
Maj. (Ret.) Fred Lingner, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee, said the monument will honor veterans that served during any war from the American Revolution to Operation Desert Storm.
To pay for the monument — estimated to be constructed approximately 17 feet tall and made of gray granite — the committee is selling memorial bricks for $35 each.
Persons purchasing bricks can have their name or that of any veteran, reservist or National Guardsman engraved on it.
Lingner said the bricks will be placed around the monument forming walkways from the parking areas to
I New uses for abandoned bases sought
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Officials are scrambling to find new uses for Carswell Air Force Base and two other Texas military installations targeted for closure by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney.
Dotted on the sprawling 3,000-plus acre Carswell complex are 292 industrial and office buildings with total space exceeding 3 million square feet. The base, which has a 12,000-foot runway, includes 757 homes, 1,349 dormitory units, a golf course and three swimming pools.
“We will start putting together a team right away ... to see what we’re going to do with the base if indeed we inherit it, and how we' are going to make the transition to the private sector,’’ Fort Worth Mayor Bob Bolen said after the closures were announced Friday.
Carswell, Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin and Chase Naval Air Station in Beeville were on a list of 31 major military facilities recommended for closure.
Texas will lose about 12,000 jobs, including 8,000 at Carswell, if the three bases are closed.
Cheney’s recommendation goes to an eight-member commission that will prepare a final report by July I to be approved or rejected by Congress and President Bush.
The facilities first must be offered by the Defense Department to any federal agencies interested in taking over the installations, lf none step forward, the properties’ housing must be made available to die homeless. State and local governments are next in line for the sites. And, whatever is left is put up for sale to private-sector investors, said Defense Department spokesman Glenn Flood.
Early suggestions include transforming Carswell into a site for alternative government uses, a corporate industrial park or even an industrial airport patterned after Alliance Airport in northern Tarrant County. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, has suggested turning Carswell into an industrial free trade zone where businesses would be exempt from tariffs.
“We’ve got a tremendous asset,” said Barton.
In January, New Braunfels City Council gave the committee approval to construct the monument in Landa Park to honor all veterans of Comal County. The monument will be erected at the intersection of Nowotny Drive and Memorial Drive.
But, before construction can begin, Lingner said money must be raised either through brick sales or through corporate donations.
Cost of the monument is expected to be about $23,000. Site preparation and monument installation will cost approximately $6,500. Cost of bricks and engraving and brick laying will cost about $40,000. And a landscape architectural plan, flag poles and lighting will cost at least $5,000, according to Lingner.
Persons wanting to purchase a brick or make a donation should call Lingner at 629-2140 or any veterans post including American Legion Post #179 at 625-0179.
By PAIGE St. JOHN Associated Prats Writer
OSCODA, Mich. — There were clowns for the kids and flags hung from the ceiling, but the welcome home party for Desert Storm veterans was a restrained affair as party-goers learned their military base is one targeted for closure.
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney announced plans Friday to close 31 major U.S. military bases, including Oscoda’s Wurtsmith Air Force Base and such well-known installations as Fort Ord in California and Fort Dix in New Jersey.
The subject was on the minds of many who attended a party at Wurtsmith on Friday for returning veterans of the Persian Gulf War. Like people in other cities where a military base provides the community’s economic backbone, they said the impact would be devastating.
“We can’t conceive of anything coming in here that will ever replace the social benefits or the economy provided by the base,” said insurance salesman Bruce Myles. “We’re talking about economic disaster.”
Air Force officials who accompanied reporters to the party requested that the base’s possible closure not be discussed. But that didn’t restrain some among the 3,000 who crowded into a cavernous airplane hangar.
“We’re not happy,” said Donna Koenig. “We’re happy to have the guys back but it would still be brighter if we knew they would stay.” Wurtsmith is home to a squadron of aging B-52G bombers. It employs about 3,300 military people and 685 civilians. The base bolsters the economy of Oscoda, 170 miles north of Detroit, with $145 million in paychecks, property taxes and consumer spending a year.
Cheney said Friday the proposed closures are in line with the plan to reduce the number of people in the military by 25 percent by 1995.
“Smaller forces need fewer base-s,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.” The list of bases recommended for closure must be reviewed by an independent panel before being forwarded to President Bush and Congress for approval.
The panel can amend the list but Bush and Congress must either accept or reject that list.
House Armed Services Committee analysts estimate the closings will eliminate nearly 70,000 military and civilian jobs.
As reaction to the list spread, scenes similar to the one in Oscoda were played out across the country.
“It’s like going to work Friday and finding a pink slip in your paycheck,” said accountant Merilyn Bennett, who works at Indiana’s Grissom Air Force Base.
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Here is a glance at the Texas three military installations Defense Secretary Dick Cheney recommended Friday for closing.
Carswell Air Force Base
FORT WORTH — UNITS: 7th Bombardment Wing of the Strategic Air Command, and the reserve 301st Tactical Fighter Wing.
STAFFING: 6,814 military personnel, including reserves and trainees; 1,953 civilian and private contractors.
HISTORY: Carswell initially was the private Tarrant Airdrome. In spring 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was looking to expand air corps and train pilots. The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce persuaded Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp. to set up shop.
In 1943, the base was renamed the Fort Worth Armv Air Field.
The name was changed twice more. Once in 1948 when it was called Griffiss Air Force Base, before being later renamed in honor of Fort Worth native and Medal of Honor winner Major Horace S. Carswell Jr.
Bergstrom Air Force Base
AUSTIN — UNITS: 12th Air Force, the only active domestic duty reconnaissance unit.
STAFFING: 5,300 military personnel, includgin 3,500 active duty and 1,800 reservists; 1,600 civilians.
HISTORY: Bergstrom was founded in September 1942. Originally called Del Valle Army Airfield, it was renamed Bergstrom in March 1943 after Capt. John Earl Bergstrom, the first Austin Air Force officer killed in World War II.
Chase Naval Air Station
BEEVILLE — UNITS: U.S. Navy’s Training Wing 3, a command of three squadrons instructing Navy and Marine jet pilots.
STAFFING: 726 military and civilian personnel.
HISTORY: The base originally was planned as Beeville Municipal Airport, then opened as an auxiliary of the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station in 1943. The field was named for Ll. Commander Natan Brown Chase, commissioned in 1943.
“There seems to be less concern with people than hardware,” she said. “They build multimillion dollar weapons system, but what about the people?’’
Tile atmosphere in Atwater, Calif., was subdued as people learned that neighboring Castle Air Force Base is on the list.
“I guess Atwater will go back to being a farming town again,” said Rod Winning as he paused from sweeping up outside his pastry shop. “It’ll hun because the base is the only thing around here. That base means an awful lot to this town.”
In Marina, Calif., near Fort Ord, contractor Lynn Crabill was philosophical.
“I’ve been here all my life and I’ve seen us get past hard times,” said Crabill, 50. “It’s going to hun us, but life is about overcoming misery and then going on.”
Business in Ayer, Mass., fell into decline when troops left Fort Devens for the Persian Gulf. With the Army base slated to close to all but small Army Reserve Units, some merchants say it’s time for them to move on.
“Three years ago we were going to be a boom town,” said Jane Wither-ow, president of the Ayer Chamber of Commerce. “We thought we were safe, now we’re bust.”
But not everyone regarded the closings as bad news.
San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos called the recommended closing of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard “an economic bonanza” for his city. ‘‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity, an enormous windfall for San Francisco,” Agnos said. “We now have a chance to convert the naval base into more productive civilian uses that include housing, ship repair, space for artists, a small business incubator and other job-producing peacetime uses.”
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