MCRD Spared From Base Closure List

Commission To Submit Report By Sept. 8

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission decided Tuesday against adding Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego to the list of military facilities targeted for closure, but the city's Navy Broadway Complex wasn't as lucky.

Julie Meier Wright, president of the San Diego Economic Development Corp., which led the fight to keep San Diego's military bases open, said earlier this month that closing the 1920s-era Navy Broadway Complex would provide money for the Navy to build a new headquarters at a base such as Naval Station San Diego at 32nd Street.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, said he was pleased with the BRAC Commission's decision on MCRD San Diego.

"The Department of Defense thoroughly evaluated a consolidation of MCRD San Diego's resources with those of Parris Island, and found it in the best interest of the Marine Corps and our nation's defense strategy to ensure MCRD San Diego remained off the list," Hunter said.

"The Marines have a sound and effective recruiting and training strategy, and I am glad the commission supported it fully," he said.

The nine-member BRAC Commission has until Sept. 8 to submit a report on recommended base closures and realignments to President George W. Bush.

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