Texas Nets Jobs Despite Some Base Closures

8-26-05 - A contentious Air Force proposal that would reconfigure the Air National Guard and retire F-16s at Ellington Field was expected to be considered Friday by the federal base closure commission.

The F-16 jets belonging to the 147th National Guard unit would not be retired until 2007. President Bush was based at the field near Houston during the Vietnam War.

The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission has been voting since Wednesday on Pentagon proposals to streamline the U.S. military with mixed results for Texas.

The commission was considering Air Force proposals Friday, including possibly shutting down Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and placing all the nation's B1 bombers at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene.

When the commission wraps up, possibly by the end of the day, its report will be sent to President Bush, who can accept it or reject it in its entirety, or send it back to the commission for revisions. Bush has said he would accept the BRAC recommendations.