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In the service

  • Buckmaster, Clay J.
    U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Clay J. Buckmaster graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Donahue, Michael S.
    Army Pvt. Michael S. Donahue has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
  • Volz, Alex
    Alex Volz, an Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., has graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

Federal legislation would protect city’s military facilities

Legislation advancing in Congress would prevent the Defense Department from considering closing military bases in the next few years.

Yearly defense authorization bills in the House and Senate also would keep the Starbase education program under the Pentagon’s jurisdiction.

Each measure would seem to bolster Fort Wayne’s Air National Guard base, which supports a squadron of combat jets and operates a Starbase academy for fifth-graders, and the city’s Army National Guard installation.

The bills reject a Pentagon request for $2.4 billion in fiscal 2014 so it can begin another phase of its Base Realignment and Closure process the following year.

“Many of us have been assuming there is another round of BRAC coming at some point in time. This will delay the next round,” Rob Young, president of the Fort Wayne Base Community Council, said Monday about the legislation.

“I don’t think that any of us should think that there will be no more BRAC,” Young said of the process that began in 1988 and has included five realignments. “So as a result, we need to stay vigilant and do everything we can as a community to promote and enhance the Air Guard base and the Army Guard base, all the military presence we have here,” Young said.

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