Devens Succeeds In Reinvention


April 29, 2013

Any time the federal government announces it’s looking to close a military base or two to rein in defense spending, a Congressman is bound to step it up into rhetorical overdrive in an effort to preserve the status quo, and the base jobs that go with it. That’s only natural, given the inherent human fear of and resistance to change, and most politicians’ zeal for the easy headline.

In 1996, when Fort Devens officially closed, and switched its mission to an Army Reserves and National Guard training center, it ended nearly 80 years as the Army’s New England base of operations. More importantly at the time, it took thousands of jobs with it.

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