Wednesday, August 1, 2007
I would like to clarify some points related to the July 26 news story "Army-Va. Deal Cuts Jobs Headed for Belvoir," about plans to move some workers up the road to a General Services Administration site in Springfield instead of to Fort Belvoir. Overlooked was the Army's flexibility in seeking solutions to carry out Base Realignment and Closure plans for the Fort Belvoir area.
Point one: It must be emphasized that the BRAC law will not change. The only potential change is the addition of property to the Fort Belvoir reservation to accommodate part of the workforce moving there.
Point two: The Fairfax County Parkway Connector, approved in 2004, sets the road's capacity at 8,500 commuters. Without redesign, the connector could not accommodate the traffic generated by the inclusion of Washington Headquarters Services personnel proposed by BRAC. This, of course, would delay the road. Today, the connector is virtually ready for bidding and construction. The people of Fairfax deserve to have this important road built, and the Army stands ready to oversee its construction.
Point three: The GSA site presents an attractive alternative to Fort Belvoir's Engineer Proving Grounds for the WHS personnel. The Army intends to study the requirements for using this site shortly.
KEITH M. EASTIN
Assistant Secretary of the Army,
Installation and Environment