188th Future Uncertain Even with BRAC Delay

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U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, said Monday (Aug. 6) he is pleased with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s decision to not push for a BRAC round in 2013, but is not sure what it might mean for the Fort Smith-based 188th Fighter Wing.

According to Bloomberg News, Panetta said there will be no new round of military base closings next year, abandoning a proposal he made in February that Congress was set to oppose.

“It’s now clear obviously there will not be a round of BRAC authorized” in 2013, Panetta said in a Monday speech to the Association of Defense Communities in Monterey, Calif., referring to the base realignment and closure process, known as BRAC.

“Frankly, this was no surprise,” he said, noting that in anticipation of congressional opposition, he had not allocated any money in the budget to initiate a new round of closings. Click here to read the full story from our partners at TheCityWire.com.

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