Defender 6 sends: BRAC process is on time, remains on target

| June 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch
Commander, Installation Management Command

Lynch

Lynch

WASHINGTON — The past 10 years have brought a great deal of change to our Army.

Not only do our Soldiers continue to fight in two wars, but the Army is going through the greatest organizational change since World War II.

Between instituting the Army Force Generation model and reorganizing around modular brigades and the Base Realignment and Closure process, our Army looks very different than it did 10 years ago.

The BRAC process is a large part of that reorganization. With its completion on time and on target in September, the Army will have reshaped its infrastructure to better support Soldiers, civilians and families.

The BRAC commission made recommendations to the president about how to make the Department of Defense more efficient. The president presented them to Congress, and those recommendations became law in September 2005.

Of the 182 recommendations, 113 affected the Army.

BRAC is an important part of the Army’s historic transformation and has affected many commands.

BRAC 2005 enabled the Army to reshape its infrastructure to support its forces. It repositioned our forces, making them more relevant and combat ready for the combatant commander. It also created doctrinal efficiencies, consolidated schools into centers of excellence, and joined headquarters and other activities into joint or multifunctional installations for efficiency and cost control.

Joint installations improve training capabilities and eliminate excess capacity, while providing the same or better service at a reduced cost.

BRAC growth has been handled in an environmentally- and fiscally-sustainable way. New projects have been built that were designed to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified. New construction supports increased operational capacity and our warfighting capability.

On installations across the Army, you can see signs of success in meeting the goals of BRAC 2005. Construction alone has brought thousands of jobs to surrounding communities. Expanded installations have caused local businesses and service providers to grow.

Even communities surrounding closure installations have benefited and worked with the Army to redevelop the surplus property.

BRAC is an important part of the largest Army transformation in three generations. Consolidating and repositioning several major commands will save millions in personnel and facilities’ costs, and BRAC is needed to put the Army on the path to future sustainability.

We have no way of knowing exactly what the future will look like, but the BRAC 2005 process better positioned the Army to meet future challenges.

The Army has realigned its infrastructure with the new modular structure and modernized our support facilities, all while becoming more fiscally and environmentally sustainable.

When it is complete, BRAC will be a major achievement for the Army.

By this September, the Army will have completed more than $13 billion in construction and renovation projects, and a reorganization that will affect one-third of the Army.

These achievements will all have been done within six years, putting the Army on time and on target to meet its future missions.

Support and Defend. Defender 6.

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