Military Base Closures: More Harm than Good?

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Retired U.S. Air Force superintendent Dr. Robert Curtis examines the effects of Base Realignment and Closure cuts in recently published book

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It is my hope that readers of my book will learn that the ends did not justify the means of the Presidio closure, and that many military personnel and communities facing the same threat today may not benefit if cuts are made.

In recent decades, the military has been trying to save money by completing rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), the congressional process of closing underutilized military installations within the United States.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon requested that Congress restart the BRAC process in an attempt to save essential military bases currently under the threat of closure, and to remove politics from the decision-making process.

In “Presidio of San Francisco: Post Closure,” retired United States Air Force sergeant Dr. Robert William Curtis provides a case study that complements the Presidio of San Francisco Closure Study conducted prior to its closure in 1994. A former advisor to the Commanding General at the Presidio, Curtis provides in-depth research and first-hand accounts of his attempt to save the base from its inevitable closure due to the Base Closure Realignment Act of 1988 (BRAC 88).

Robert says the closing of the Presidio was a national mistake based on false economic reasoning and military and political interference, and had a devastating effect San Francisco’s economy and its military and civilian personnel.

“It is my hope that readers of my book will learn that the ends did not justify the means of the Presidio closure, and that many military personnel and communities facing the same threat today may not benefit if cuts are made,” Curtis said.

Presidio of San Francisco: Post Closure
By Dr. Robert William Curtis
ISBN: 978-1-4918-9941-0
Available in softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

About the author
Dr. Robert William Curtis retired from the United States Air Force as the Management Engineering Superintendent after 25 years of service. Curtis also retired as a human resource officer for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations after 22 years of federal civil service. He is a former personnel management consultant for the commanding general of the U.S. Army that was based at the Presidio of San Francisco prior to its closure. He was a heavy machine gun soldier during World War II, at the age of 15, and also served in the Vietnam War and Korean War.

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