Base Closures

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Riley begins a two-day tour of Alabama's four largest bases beginning today to ask community leaders what the state can do to help all of them through the next BRAC process.

The Anniston Army Depot seems to be the state's most vulnerable base. The Army employs five-thousand workers at the depot – which supports an estimated 13,000 other jobs.

Riley says the fact that the depot's main competitor, Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas, is located in President Bush's home state could make for a political fight Alabama can't win.

The state's other large bases, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery and Fort Rucker in Ozark, also are receiving attention from the governor.

The governor is proposing to use some of the $210 million in bond money authorized by the Legislature for economic development to help pay for infrastructure improvements that would strengthen each base's case in Washington.