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Army pushes for new round of BRAC

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The army will soon be pushing for another possible round of base closures starting in 2017.
    
According to the Army Times, army officials will present a plan at a forum next week in Washington DC.
    
Texarkana community leaders are already making preparations for any potential BRAC movement.

With $1 billion dollars poured into the local economy each year, community leaders say they're not just fighting to keep Red River Depot open, they're fighting for the survival of this region.

"We don't want to wait until 2017 to ramp up because we're afraid if we do, there won't be a whole lot to ramp up for," said James Henry Russell, Military Affairs Committee.

While there's a real concern for potential base realignment and closures, Russell says their main focus right now is hanging onto the depot's current workload and employees.

The committee started a Facebook page called save RRAD and have launched other fundraisers.

Their goal is to raise about $1 million from Texarkana businesses and the community.

Russell says most of the money is being used to pay consultants to keep tabs on what's going on in Washington and help bring in contracts.

Currently, there are about 5,000 workers employed at Red River Army Depot.

"I think we can never let down our guard and we can never stop fighting for keeping that workload right here," said Russell.
 
While the depot has fought two previous rounds of BRAC, Russell says this is first time they've had to fight for jobs before a BRAC.

Although the defense department has pushed for BRAC in recent years, it has faced opposition in Congress.
    
On Monday, army officials plan to show the Association of Defense Communities the benefits of a BRAC.

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