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April 28, 2005 | By U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton
On May 16, the Pentagon will release a list of bases it intends to close in its fifth round of base realignments and closures since the end of the Cold War. Already, President Bush has nominated nine Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commissioners, who will meet for the first time Monday. As the process of studying bases nears completion, the Garden State has cause to be concerned. Every list since the first one in 1988 has included at least one New Jersey bases: McGuire Air Force Base in 1993, Fort Dix in 1988 and 1991, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station in 1995, and Fort Monmouth in 1993.
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April 3, 1988 | By Mark Thompson, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Thirty-five years ago, during the chilliest days of the Cold War, the fledgling U.S. Air Force tucked a new base deep into the nation's most northeastern corner, closer to Moscow than any other military site on American soil. Loring Air Force Base, the Air Force said at the time, "is the Strategic Air Command's right hand covering a direct path to an aggressor over the polar regions or across the Atlantic. " There were sound military reasons for subjecting Air Force personnel to the icy grip of long Maine winters amid desolate pine forests and potato fields 100 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
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July 27, 1989 | By Matthew Purdy, Inquirer Washington Bureau
In a move that could stop the planned closing or reduction of military bases nationwide, including Fort Dix in New Jersey, the House Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to order a review of the cost of making those changes. The measure was supported by representatives who have contended that the Pentagon's plan to close or reduce operations at 91 bases nationwide is going to cost far more than estimated by the military and will end up saving taxpayers less money than promised.
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January 31, 1990 | By Mark Thompson, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The Democratic chairman of the House Armed Services Committee yesterday rejected the Pentagon's proposal to close 35 military bases because it raises questions of political motivation, and instead called for an independent panel to make the selections. Noting that 29 of the targeted bases are represented by Democrats, Rep. Les Aspin of Wisconsin said, "People have to be convinced it's not being done in a way that's politically motivated. " He said the list of proposed closings - which includes the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - fails that test.
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January 1, 1989 | By Daniel Rubin, Jeff Gammage and Maura C. Ciccarelli, Special to The Inquirer
No news was good news for the two military facilities in Eastern Montgomery County last week. Both the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster and the Willow Grove Naval Air Station were not on a list of 145 military bases or installations that Thursday were recommended to be closed or partially closed by a government commission. The hit list was developed by the 12-member Commission on Base Realignment and Closure, which since May has been working in secret in order to avoid the political pressures that have thwarted previous efforts to shut down unneeded bases.
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August 12, 1986 | By Charles Green, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Members of Congress, who regularly rail against Pentagon waste, have tacked a provision onto a military spending bill that is expected to add millions of dollars to the prices that military bases pay for alcoholic beverages. With the liquor industry and state officials cheering them on, lawmakers are now requiring that military bases purchase alcohol from distributors in the states where they are situated - scuttling a Pentagon policy of buying liquor from the lowest bidder, regardless of location.
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September 29, 1988 | By Rick Lyman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The United States will be able to maintain its three remaining military bases in Spain under an agreement reached yesterday between Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Spanish Foreign Minister Francisco Fernandez Ordonez at the United Nations. The agreement ended months of tense negotiations between Washington and Madrid that fueled a series of anti-U.S. protests. "All that remains is to finalize the wording, and the agreement can be signed," State Department spokesman Charles E. Redman said yesterday.
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July 18, 1988 | By Douglas Pike, Inquirer Editorial Board
By popular myth, bleeding-heart liberals fight against wasteful defense spending in order to spend more on human needs such as health care and housing. Contrary evidence came in recent days when the House of Representatives passed a tough bill designed to close unneeded military bases - despite the best efforts of many liberals to gut it. After the House and Senate work out the differences between the similar plans that each passed, a bipartisan panel will survey the field, then submit a list of military bases to be closed pronto.
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July 10, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last year, they were on an intelligence-gathering mission. They toured military installations across New Jersey, learned about their multibillion-dollar impact on the state's economy, and met with defense and local officials to determine their needs. Then came their plan of action. Members of the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force - chaired by acting Gov. Kim Guadagno - announced a series of findings and recommendations Wednesday intended to inoculate the state's five bases from federal budget cuts.
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March 12, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The federal budget ax is unlikely to fall for two more years. But the State of New Jersey isn't waiting for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission to cut or close its five military bases. It's hired a Washington lobbying firm - Cassidy & Associates - to assess the economic value and vulnerability of the bases and recommend ways of protecting them. The firm will be paid $16,000 a month - up to $192,000 for the year - to research Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and other installations as well as their surrounding communities, state officials said.
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July 10, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last year, they were on an intelligence-gathering mission. They toured military installations across New Jersey, learned about their multibillion-dollar impact on the state's economy, and met with defense and local officials to determine their needs. Then came their plan of action. Members of the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force - chaired by acting Gov. Kim Guadagno - announced a series of findings and recommendations Wednesday intended to inoculate the state's five bases from federal budget cuts.
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March 12, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The federal budget ax is unlikely to fall for two more years. But the State of New Jersey isn't waiting for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission to cut or close its five military bases. It's hired a Washington lobbying firm - Cassidy & Associates - to assess the economic value and vulnerability of the bases and recommend ways of protecting them. The firm will be paid $16,000 a month - up to $192,000 for the year - to research Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and other installations as well as their surrounding communities, state officials said.
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July 4, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The possibility of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst's being considered for cuts or closure won't come up until 2017. But New Jersey's elected officials aren't taking any chances. They're already working to keep it here. The fiscal 2015 budget, signed Monday by Gov. Christie, includes $200,000 for the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs, a body of state officials and citizens who will fight any efforts to close the base and other military installations. The latest move follows the formation in May of a separate group, the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force - chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno - to draft strategies for inoculating military sites from the budget ax. McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has survived five rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
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June 23, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
  WRIGHTSTOWN, N.J. - For Tom Harper and other town business leaders, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is absolutely crucial. It's the difference between making a profit and closing. Service members and civilian workers regularly pull up to the pumps at Harper's gas station, and they have their cars repaired there. They patronize restaurants, dry cleaners, and retail stores. But the town is only a microcosm of the state, where the base is the second-largest employer after New Jersey government, officials said.
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December 20, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
HORSHAM Horsham redevelopment officials are eager to take ownership of the old Willow Grove military base. But their plan requires the Navy to act fast and stay on schedule - which it has struggled to do for the last eight years. The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority (HLRA) is trying to move on the nimble timeline of the real estate market. "If a Fortune 500 company decides next month to move out of Manhattan and chooses the best place in the world, Horsham, we have to have it ready," said Michael McGee, executive director of the HLRA, which is trying to develop 862 acres of residential, retail, office, and community space at the former naval air station.
NEWS
September 20, 2013
WHAT WAS the motive of the Washington Navy Yard shooter? Who gives a damn? What I want to know is: What was the motive of President William Jefferson Clinton when he passed a law banning guns from all military bases? And, for that matter, what was the motive of school administrators who ban guns from all elementary schools and colleges?What was the motive of law officers and judges who allow dangerous, mentally ill menaces to roam free after receiving only slap-on-the-wrist sentences?
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April 9, 2013 | By Barbara Surk, Associated Press
BEIRUT - After weeks of rebel gains in the south, the Syrian regime launched a counteroffensive on Sunday with widespread air strikes and an operation that reclaimed a northern village on a strategically important route. At least 20 people were killed in heavy air strikes that targeted rebels trying to topple the regime in at least seven cities and regions. To underline their resolve, the government called on opposition fighters to surrender their arms and warned in cellphone text messages that the army is "coming to get you. " State television said the aim of the counteroffensive was to send a message to the opposition and its Western backers that President Bashar Assad's troops are capable and willing to battle increasingly better armed rebels on multiple fronts.
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March 26, 2013
Fourteen service members were injured Saturday when a military bus and a private vehicle collided on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Burlington County. Military passengers in both the bus and the private vehicle were injured, according to a base news release. All were treated and released. The accident, which is under investigation, happened about 2 p.m. near Range 18 on Range Road. - Susan Snyder  
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February 13, 2013 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Rebels captured a small military base near Aleppo on Tuesday and stormed another in the same area that protects a major airport, a day after seizing Syria's largest dam. With the back-to-back blows to President Bashar al-Assad's regime, opposition fighters appear to be regaining some momentum, expanding their northern zone of control while at the same time pushing deeper into the heart of the capital, Damascus. Rebels have been attacking Aleppo's civilian airport, which remains in regime hands, for weeks.
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