As members of the communities surrounding Fort Belvoir, you no doubt have many questions and concerns regarding future development of the installation in light of the 2005 base realignment and closure (BRAC) recommendations.

On Oct. 18, during Fort Belvoir's community update breakfast, I had the opportunity to share information regarding BRAC and the implications for Fort Belvoir and our neighbors with many of your local elected officials. This breakfast was just one of many venues we use to communicate, synchronize and coordinate with community leaders. Our intent is to ensure that Fort Belvoir continues to be a good neighbor as we provide world-class services to the soldiers and agencies that call the installation home today and those who will come here in the future.

Immediately following the release of the BRAC recommendations in May, Fort Belvoir made a commitment to keep the local community informed. We have steadfastly maintained that commitment in a wide range of venues. Since my arrival on July 11, my team and I have briefed more than a dozen community groups, civic organizations, chambers of commerce and local government committees on BRAC's projected impact to allow key community decision-makers to anticipate the change at Fort Belvoir and to aggressively plan on behalf of their communities.

The future of Fort Belvoir and the surrounding communities is inextricably linked. The entire Fort Belvoir civilian workforce and a large portion of our military workforce resides off post. Our military members who live on the installation look to our neighboring communities for shopping, recreation and other activities. The issues that concern you, such as transportation, air quality and development, also concern Fort Belvoir.

Those who aren't familiar with the BRAC process may not realize that it's a dynamic process requiring the continuous refinement of data. Fort Belvoir and the organizations identified to move here are constantly revising plans and planning assumptions based on the most current data available. As the data change, we update the leaders of your community so they, too, have access to the most current information while planning on your behalf.

We are now conducting a survey and analysis of transportation needs for Fort Belvoir's current workforce and for those workers identified to come to Fort Belvoir. We expect to have preliminary results in December. As with all information we gather, we will share the results with planners at the local, state and federal levels.

I remain committed to keeping you, our neighbors, informed as Fort Belvoir moves forward. The six-year implementation period proposed in the BRAC recommendations requires an ambitious timeline and constant coordination with all of our stakeholders.

I plan to continue to send updates to your local newspapers in the future. Meanwhile, I welcome the opportunity to meet with community groups, civic organizations and other stakeholders.

Through continuous communication, synchronization and coordination, we will find solutions that allow Fort Belvoir to excel at its mission of providing world-class services in support of the national defense while remaining a valued neighbor in the Northern Virginia landscape.

Col. Brian W. Lauritzen, garrison commander at Fort Belvoir, talks about the proposed base realignment and closure (BRAC) plan, which is under consideration by Congress. The plan would add thousands of jobs to the post.