Local officials in San Antonio have already begun preparing for another round of base realignment and closure -- known by the acronym BRAC.
“We’re trying to get organized for this round of BRAC that we think will eventually come,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
Wolff said he’s already starting meeting with military leaders to help keep the city’s five military bases open.
“I think we’ve got a strong case here. We came out ahead last time on the consolidated military medicine,” Wolff said. “I’m not afraid of it. We’re just going to have to work hard to make sure they understand how good of bases we have here.”
BRAC is a process that began in 1988 with the goal of eliminating excess infrastructure, optimizing military readiness and realizing savings by realigning or shutting down military installations across the country.
District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg believes the city will put its best foot forward, but ultimately the decision could come down to politics.
“We’ve established ourselves nationally in terms of the importance of our unique missions here in San Antonio, especially (the) military medical complex,” said Nirenberg. “I think San Antonio is in good shape if we look at it objectively. Of course any time we’re talking about BRAC it’s a political process. We need to do everything we can to ensure our bases stay fully operational.”
BRAC forced the closing of Kelly Air Force Base in 2001 and Brooks Air Force Base in 2011.
The process had its economic upside, however, bringing billions of dollars into San Antonio.
With 250,000 jobs on the line, County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson said the U.S. should look overseas before closing bases at home.
“What's good for the goose is good for the gander,” Adkisson said. “We should not allow those foreign military bases to exist in a vacuum or in isolation. They too need to be in the mix and let’s see what we need to do.”