What is BRAC?
BRAC stands for Base Realignment and Closure, a process mandated by the Department of Defense and Congress to close excess military Installations and realign assets to reduce expenditures on operations and maintenance and increase efficiency. Under the BRAC Joint Basing Plan, support functions at Fort Sam Houston will combine with those at Randolph and ackland Air Force Bases to form Joint Base San Antonio. Once the dust settles in mid-2011,
San Antonio will be home to the largest base organization in the DoD.
Fort Sam Houston sponsors have much to gain from the increase in “faces and spaces” due toBRAC. The Installation will be home to METC, the largest school for training medical technicians in the world — 10,000 Students at any one time and some 47,000 graduates per year.
More than 12,500 new job positions will be created on the Installation in six targeted industries: health care and health care education; communications; technology; intelligence; and security.
Of those new positions, 4,000 are new Students and the remaining 8,500 will be DoD military and civilian personnel.
In short: BRAC is a multi-billion dollar shot in the arm for Military City USA.
BRAC by the Numbers:
Potential economic impact from Fort Sam Houston due to BRAC expansion
Potential additional Ft Sam Houston employment due to BRAC expansion
Potential Fort Sam Houston earning impact due to BRAC expansion
Source: Military Transformation Task Force