Some military spending cuts may hurt — some not

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby conducts a media briefing last month. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby conducts a media briefing last month. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Sure, it may not mean much in a budget of $500+ billion, but the Pentagon announced on the eve of Memorial Day Weekend cuts of about $60 million — just from the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) — by returning 21 sites, including a golf course, a hotel, a skeet range and “other non-operational or excess facilities” to various NATO allies.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, with laudable modesty, noted that these were “minor, non-operational infrastructure adjustments,” and won’t affect “military capabilities.”

The Garmisch golf course in Germany was”no longer needed,” the announcement said. and the Breitenau skeet range there was “no longer utilized.” There was also no need to keep the General Abrams hotel and dispensary,”due to the presence of the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch.” That DOD-run hotel, in the heart of the Bavarian Alps not far from Munich, has some pretty awesome views.

Also in Germany, the “Hill 365 radio facility” is also getting the axe because “alternate communications make this site unnecessary.”

And while it may appear these days that the Cold War is returning, not to worry. The announcement notes that these decisions “were vetted under the months-long European Infrastructure Consolidation review.”

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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