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Changing of the Guard

Submitted by on 1, August 27, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

Did anyone else catch the rather sizeable ad in the Journal last week regarding potential changes in Coast Guard operations? I guess the Guard is looking to “modernize” its command structure in an effort to keep up with what they say is an ever-growing and shifting workload.

Under the proposal, the Pacific Area Command based in Alameda would become FORCECOM, responsible for maintaining the Guard’s readiness and capabilities. If fully realized, the move could bring another 150 or so Coasties and civilian workers to Alameda over five years beginning in 2009, and the Guard could lease an additional 30,000 square feet of space at least in part for a Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (hey, space at Alameda Point is hecka cheap).

If they only go for partial modernization, Alameda operations could lose a few dozen folks.

A big fat report assessing the impacts of the proposed plan is here, and if you want to comment on it, you’ve got until the end of the day on September 15. Info on that starts on page 129 of the report. Or you can just comment online, and it looks like that’s here.

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