Point Mugu & Port Hueneme - What is their Future?
BRAC : (Base Re-Alignment
BRIC : (Base Really Is Closing)
With the war clouds looming on the horizon of the Ides of March 2003, and the extended need which protracted war operations will have on the nation and it's military establishment, are our two local bases safe to feel good about their future?
The VC Star reported on Saturday, March 8th that several jobs (48 positions) on the CBC Side of Naval Base Ventura County were in peril of being dissolved, the humans in those slots, given pink slips and then where else to go besides usajobs.opm.gov. as an ICTAP or Surplus employee.
SO THERE's THE LESSON IN RETIREMENT. . . Now back to the bases.
PT. Mugu and BRAC danced as
partners before, many times, and these dance-steps created shaky
underpinnings of security for all who work at the bases. They become
over time - traumat-zed.
To add to the trauma, many folks have been 'RIF'd before at both bases throughout the past few years and the method and meaning of who gets chosen to go and why is always a mystery.
John Jay, a former Pt. Mugu
Fed-employee, has written many interesting pieces for the Oxnard
Journal and we are looking to publish more of his articles in the
not-too distant future. He has seen many of the horrors that happen
to people who are RIF'd or are forced to pre-maturely retire (another
cost cutting method to save the gov't money).
Point Mugu and China Lake are both on the list as are other bases where commanders and civilian (SES) employees make the hard decision of what bases go next on the list.
Pt. Mugu is considered
prime territory as a Joint use Airport is being explored by local
civic leaders who dream of large Ventura Air Terminus. PT MUGU could
become an international airport to rival
If BRAC closes Mugu completely and moves ops to China Lake or elsewhere, then Mugu could well go back civilian control. Maybe the county could get it's airport or maybe even our own SONYLAND if the Japanese can repatriate Mugu to it's former tenants. Mugu, before the base was a Japanese Fishing Village - according to fractured historical recounts.
Interesting enough, CBC -
the western HQ for the Seabees is not far out of sight range from the
BRAC's reduction rifle. Another interesting factoid is that of former
NMCB-40 and 30th NCR's commanding officer, Michael R. Johnson is now
KING BEE as head Admiral at the Naval Facilities Command in Wash.D.C.
The War will certainly tell
the nation of how important it is to have and preserve what few bases
we keep operational and remaining and dedicated to solely supporting
their military hosts.
Stay tuned to the OxJo for more on BRAC.
/s/ Bill Winter - Editor -
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