BRAC

National Naval Medical Center Base Realignment and Closure Commission

EAST BETHESDA CITIZENS ASSOCIATION (EBCA) COMMENTS TO NAVY ON NNMC BRAC DRAFT EIS

The Department of Defense and the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (“BRAC”) Commission has worked to identify mission enhancing efficiencies for U.S. military bases and operations.  In November 2005 the Congress approved, and the President signed into law, final recommendations that directed the closure of some bases and the realignment of military components throughout the country.  The BRAC law requires all these movements to be completed by September 2011.  One such realignment is the closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the transfer of some of its functions to that National Naval Medical Center which will be renamed the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Due to our proximity to the base and the shared border of Jones Bridge Road, EBCA has taken a particular interest in the project. In early 2007 we formed a committee to follow the progress.  View EBCA’s position statement.  We also have a seat on the Montgomery County BRAC Implementation Task Force and are part of the Coalition of Military Medical Center Neighbors.

The Navy’s draft Environmental Impact Statement was released December 14, 2007.  The public will have 45 days to submit comments.  Copies of the draft can be downloaded or viewed at:

http://www.bethesda.med.navy.mil/Professional/Public_Affairs/BRAC/
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/brac

All comments must be dated no later than midnight January 28, 2008 to be accepted and addressed in the Final EIS. Please submit comments by mail, by E-Mail at [email protected], or by Fax at: (301) 295-5020. The mailing address for comments is:

Officer in Charge - BRAC
National Naval Medical Center
8901 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20889

The Navy will hold two public hearings on January 9 and 10, 2008 from 6 PM to 8 PM, at the Pooks Hill Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD, 20814, where verbal and written comments related to the DEIS can also be presented to Navy representatives. Please refer to the attached notice for additional information.

EBCA will host a meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at the Lynnbrook Recreation Center, 8008 Newdale Road, to review the draft Environmental Impact Statement and EBCA’s position moving forward.  To be involved in the committee, please contact Ilaya Hopkins at [email protected]

To see excerpts of the EIS that pertain to transportation, click here

Executive Summary
Section 3.7 Transportation Existing Environment
Section 4.7 Transportation Consequences

Links for more information:

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/BRAC - The county website with a wealth of background information on NNMC as well as BRAC and other related activities.  The “What’s News” and “Walter Reed/EIS” sections are updated daily.

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