Devens Stands out as Exemplar of BRAC Redevelopment, Hammack Says
Association of Defense Communities, Posted: October 27, 2014
During a visit last week to Army Garrison Fort Devens, the Army’s chief installations official praised the post as a model for “productive reuse” following the closure of Fort Devens in March 1996.“
As we look at the Army inventory and consider another round of Base Realignment and Closure, [we’re] looking at models of how bases can be productively reused,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. “And in this case, it’s to benefit the Army Reserve; it’s to the benefit of some of our testing commands, [such as] Natick Labs, [which] does work here.”
Since Fort Devens closed — and was first called the Devens Reserve Forces Training Area — it served as a training resource for thousands of Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers throughout New England, reported Army public affairs. Devens features 26 training areas, 25 ranges and 27 training facilities, including an active drop zone. It also has 16 web-enabled classrooms and 700 networked computer stations. About 2,000 soldiers train there during a typical weekend.