Solons tell pentagon to review Fort Irwin Closing
visit 7 ke "another"took" "atTtsTeci- l o n to mot hball Fort Irwin, Solons Tell Pentagon To Review Fort Irwin Closing WASHINGTON (UP1) -- The Defense Department was told to from Jr., Admiral Calif., and use it only for training reserves. T h e H o u s e Appropriations Committee, in approving the $1.9 billion military construction bill for fiscal 1971, said it was "not convinced" the Pentagon had studied the decision thoroughly. Deactivating the base, t h e committee said, meant that new facilities would have to be built at other Army bases to replace some of those being abandoned at Fort Irwin, located near Barstow. "The committee will expect the Department of Defense to review its calculations of the cost of relocating from Fort Irwin in the light of the cost of providing new facilities at oliier Army installations and to advise the committee further on its subsequent findings," the committee report said. The money bill, as approved by the committee, calls for struct ion totaling S93.3 million in California during the year beginning July 1. During closed hearings on bill, Rep. Jolm J. McFatl, D- Calif., was told by Pentagon officials it would cost about $7.5 million to transfer out of Fort Irwin. However, defense officials said the move would save $11.4 million a year. Assistant Defense Secretary Barry J. Shillito testified savings at Fort Irwin would come chiefly from elimination of 357 civilian jobs and 9!7 military positions. A request for $6.7 million for a research facility at the naval undersea research and development center, San Diego, was denied because the committee it would probably duplicate facilities elsewhere.