You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myDaytonDailyNews.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myDaytonDailyNews.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myDaytonDailyNews.com.

JUST IN:

8 quirky facts you might not know about Dayton’s suburbs

Task force will look at ways to bolster Ohio military bases


A Miami Valley state lawmaker will lead a task force to explore what Ohio can do to bolster the military value of Defense Department installations across the state that could face closure if Congress or the Pentagon pursue a round of base closures.

State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, was named chairman of the Task Force on BRAC and Military Affairs,

Perales, who was appointed to the post by House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, said the task force continues to add members as it prepares to launch in the coming weeks.

He said it expects to visit military installations across Ohio to learn more about both their economic impact and national security roles.

RELATED: Wright-Patt loses out on a request for millions in state dollars

The launch of the task force will happen in the midst of the talk in Washington, D.C., for the need to close excess bases and realign missions, a prospect some say has grown with a new administration in the White House and a push from the military to close bases and move missions. By 2019, the Army and the Air Force will have a third more space than needed, a Pentagon assessment has concluded.

“We recognize we have to stay on top and make sure we have that issue in our sights so that when something is announced, if and when it is announced, we don’t have to scamper,” said Perales, a retired Air Force major who was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “We’re ready to rock and roll. We already have things moving.”

Perales said the task force will assess both the economic and national security impact of military installations and NASA Glenn Research Center near Cleveland.

One of the task force’s roles will determine the infrastructure needs of the facilities, he said.

RELATED: Some military bases could face closure to save money

State lawmakers set aside $5 million to pay for infrastructure improvements as a hedge against a future round of federal base closures.

The Ohio Military Facilities Commission recently selected two Air National Guard bases, one in Toledo, the other in Mansfield, for $2.5 million each in state funding for building and taxiway construction projects.

Wright-Patterson, which submitted four projects, didn’t walk away with financial support, and Perales said the process might need to be “tweaked” if Ohio provides another round of funding. He has asked for another $5 million to be added to the state budget.

In the last BRAC round in 2005, Wright-Patterson had a net gain of more than 1,000 new jobs with the relocation of the 711th Human Performance Wing, including the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, to the base from Texas.

“The odds of a new round of base closures being approved over the next two years is higher now that Senator (John) McCain said he would consider it, but the odds still remain relatively low,” said Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. McCain, an Arizona Republican, is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Even so, Harrison added in an email, Wright-Patterson would be “relatively safe because of the unique capabilities (it) provides for the Air Force that would be difficult to replicate at another location.” He added it would not make sense for the state to spend money at a facility that is not likely to be a target.

MORE MILITARY NEWS:

Political fight expected over base closures

Hundreds of Wright-Patt, Dayton VA jobs vacant as federal hiring freeze lifted



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Middletown to rebuild destroyed storage building
Middletown to rebuild destroyed storage building

Middletown is planning to build a new storage building to replace one that was destroyed in a storm last year. City Council approved an emergency ordinance for $55,890 for the purchase and installation of a pole barn at Lefferson Park. MORE: Middletown council wants more spending for public safety, jobs City Manager Doug Adkins said plans are to replace...
Vectren Dayton Air Show: 5 things to know on Monday
Vectren Dayton Air Show: 5 things to know on Monday

After the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act, the Vectren Dayton Air Show saw a significant drop in spectator attendance compared to years past. While the Thunderbirds did not fly Sunday, the 2017 show featured 10 other performances, air show organizers said — drawing large crowds under cloudless, blue skies on both...
Report: Uber driver robbed after collision
Report: Uber driver robbed after collision

DAYTON — A local Uber driver was robbed at gunpoint after a vehicle collision in the 1700 block of Vancouver Drive on Sunday, according to a city police report. Dayton police were dispatched around 12:24 a.m. for a aggravated robbery complaint.  The Uber driver told police he was traveling on Vancouver Drive to pick up a customer...
Kettering mayor named new board member for state group
Kettering mayor named new board member for state group

Kettering Mayor Don Patterson was appointed as a board member to the Ohio Mayor’s Alliance, after receiving nomination from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Whaley nominated Patterson after informing the membership she was stepping down from the board in preparation for her gubernatorial run. FOLLOW: Tre Hogue on Twitter and Facebook “Mayors and...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-DS-0585 – Thomas J. Whitman, Springboro and Susan McMahan, Lebanon; petition for dissolution of marriage. 17-CV-0364 – The Huntington National Bank, Columbus v. Chad Wilt, 3067 S. Urbana Lisbon Road, South Charleston; plaintiff demands judgment of $374,104. 17-CV-0368 – Fifth Third Mortgage Co., Cincinnati...
More Stories