posted on Nov, 12 2003 @ 03:09 AM
Commissaries and the Defense Department’s stateside schools are in the crosshairs of Pentagon budget cutters, and military advocates, families and
even base commanders are up in arms.
Defense officials notified the services in mid-October that they intend to close 19 commissaries and may close 19 more, mostly in remote areas.
At the same time, the Pentagon is finishing a study to determine whether to close or transfer control of the 58 schools it operates on 14 military
installations in the continental United States
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has made no secret of his desire to get the military out of support activities that are not central to its core
war-fighting functions, said Joseph Tafoya, director of the Department of Defense Education Activity. As soon as he arrived at the Pentagon three
years ago, Tafoya said, Rumsfeld began asking: “Why am I running stores? Why am I in education?”