Sherman Calls on BRAC Commission to Reject DOD Recommendation
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) called upon the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission to reject a recommendation by Defense Secretary Rumsfeld that certain functions currently performed at the Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) be œrealigned and moved to other facilities. That suggestion was part of a list of recommendations that Secretary Rumsfeld sent to the Commission today. NBVC is one of 24 California facilities targeted for closure or realignment.
œAlthough I am pleased that Secretary Rumsfeld did not recommend closure of this critical facility, I am disappointed that he has suggested reducing the size of the Department of Defenses commitment to the base, Sherman said. œThe Secretary certainly managed to ignore political pressure. Despite a Republican President, Republican Governor, and Republican Congressman, Ventura Naval Base still stands to lose over 1500 jobs under the realignment plans.
Sherman previously sent a letter to Secretary Rumsfeld in support of NBVC. In addition, he joined with the entire California delegation and Governor Schwarzenegger in calling upon Secretary Rumsfeld to consider the importance of Californias military installations in meeting 21st Century challenges.
Sherman stated that he, œWill continue to fight to ensure that the military importance of this facility if made known to the BRAC Commission, the President, and fellow Members of Congress.
Naval Base Ventura County is made up of Point Mugu and Port Hueneme. After September 11th, Point Mugu supported aircraft patrolling the skies above Los Angeles. Point Mugu aircraft have also provided fire fighting support and transported military and civilian response forces during man made and natural disasters in the Los Angeles region.
The facility includes a naval air station, naval air warfare center, naval satellite operations center, naval surface warfare center, and more. It is credited with generating over 15,000 direct and indirect jobs by the local Chamber of Commerce. œThese jobs are important to the entire Valley/Ventura County region, said Sherman.
The BRAC Commission will take up the Secretarys suggestions, holding hearings throughout the country. Their final recommendations will go to the President in September. If he accepts the list, Congress will have 45 days to reject the entire list, or else it takes effect.