The grant to the state was among more than $28 million in funds
announced Wednesday for various states that could be affected by
the possible closures.
The funds can't be used to lobby against base closures. Instead,
they're for community planning to help displaced workers and their
The Department of Defense has recommended closing the Hawthorne
Army Depot and reducing the Nevada Air National Guard's air fleet
in Reno. Philip Coyle, a former assistant U.S. defense secretary
serving on a federal base-closing commission reviewing the
recommendations, will visit both locations on July 11.
The Base Realignment and Closing Commission consists of nine
members, including former Nevada Rep. Jim Bilbray, who was
nominated by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
The commission will furnish the report of its findings and its
own suggestions to President Bush on Sept. 8, 2005. The President
will then forward the report to Congress or return it to the
commission for further evaluation.
The Pentagon says the government would avoid duplication and
save money by moving the depot's storage and recycling functions to
the Tooele Army Depot in Utah. For more than six decades the
Hawthorne depot, 130 miles south of Reno, Nev., has manufactured,
stored and shipped bombs and munitions.
Also at stake is the realignment of the 152nd Airlift Wing in
Reno. The Nevada National Guard stands to lose its 10 C-130 planes
to Little Rock, Arkansas, and 147 jobs.