Friday the 13th seems like as good a day as any to start a Blog, especially with the news of major base closures looming around the country. The announcement, which was officially released today, was actually leaked to our offices yesterday by someone who knows someone who works in the facilities department of our local military neighbor, Fort Monmouth. Naturally, this was all taken with a grain of salt, but sure enough, the local rumor mill was actually right for once.
As one of my friends (who happens to work at the Fort) said to me in an e-mail today, “I’m not listing my house anytime soon.”
Clearly, the impact on local communities will be felt in everything from restaurants and other retail establishments to schools and hospitals that support the bases. Is this ever an easy process or decision to make?