Two Small Florida Military Installations on Pentagon Closure List

The news is good in the Panama City area where the local Navy Base and Tyndall remain relatively untouched.

Tyndall Air Force Base would lose 56 military and civilian jobs and the Navy Support Activity in Panama City would loose a total of 24 jobs. Those positions are being lost as part of realignment.

Hurlburt Field, west of Ft. Walton Beach, will lose 54 jobs, six civilian and 48 military.

All of the major military bases in Florida will remain open, although some would undergo realignment that would produce a net loss of military and civilian jobs at some bases. In total, however, the state will gain more than 2,700 personnel at the 13 bases affected.

The Pentagon list shows that two installations are proposed for closure: the Defense Finance and Accounting Services in Orlando, employing 209 people, and the 12-employee Naval Reserve Center in St. Petersburg. They have a total employment of just over 200 people.

The biggest Florida losses in terms of jobs would occur in a realignment of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, which would see a net reduction of 1,579 military, civilian and contractor personnel.

The biggest gains would be at Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach, where 2,218 new personnel would be added, and at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, with 2,025 new personnel. The Naval Station at Mayport would gain 410 military and civilian personnel.

The 2005 BRAC Commission will then have nearly four months to present a final version to President Bush and Congress, which must approve or reject it in its entirety.