It has been suggested by many that a great use of the Army/Navy bases proposed for closure by the U.S Governments “Base Realignment and Closure” Commission – BRAC would be to relocate hurricane Katrina victims there permanently to rebuild communities. I am unaware of the logistics behind such an operation, but it does seem like a good idea if feasible.
The BRAC commission voted to close the following facilities:
- Walter Reed Army Medical Center here and moving most of its mission to the new Walter Reed National Medical Center in nearby Bethesda, Md., current site of the National Naval Medical Center;
- Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, consolidating medical operations for the region at a new San Antonio Regional Medical Center at nearby Fort Sam Houston;
- Fort Monmouth, N.J.;
- Fort Gillem, Ga.;
- Fort McPherson, Ga.;
- Fort Monroe, Va.;
- U.S. Army Garrison, Selfridge, Mich.;
- Naval Station Pascagoula, Miss.;
- Naval Air Station Atlanta, Ga.;
- Naval Station Ingleside, Texas;
- Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; and
Brooks City-Base, Texas.
- Onizuka Air Force Station, Calif.;
- Galena Airport Forward Operation Location, Alaska; and
- Almost 400 Army Reserve and Army National Guard facilities, creating joint centers.
Due to its prior usage, they would have beds, showers, food and maybe air conditioning laying a perfect foundation to build a community. In addition, the military bases could provide temporary government offices for the affected areas. That would also help the refugees get the information and support they need.
San Antonio’s , former Kelly Air Force Base has already began accepting people on buses that were turned away from the Astrodome. Up to 7,000 people could be accommodated in an air-conditioned office building and warehouse.