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US Commission Approves Closure of Five Army Bases


A U.S. commission has voted to shut down five Army bases, as part of the Pentagon's plan to restructure hundreds of domestic military installations.

The independent Base Closure and Realignment Commission Wednesday approved the closure of facilities in Georgia, New Jersey and Virginia as commissioners began their final deliberations.

Fort McPherson in Georgia was one of the approved closures.

In May, the Pentagon recommended the closure of military installations from Maine to Hawaii.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the plan would save $49 billion over 20 years and make it easier to deploy forces quickly.

President Bush must certify a final list of base closures recommended by the commission and submit the list to Congress for approval.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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