Niagara Falls Air Base Could Be Threatened Again by Pentagon Cuts

January 27, 2012 Updated Jan 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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January 27, 2012 Updated Jan 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM EDT

TOWN OF NIAGARA, NY (WKBW) - Some potentially bad news for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The Pentagon wants to look at another round of base closures in the U.S.

That could threaten the future of the Air Base, which employs about 2,000 people near Niagara Falls.

Senior Pentagon officials want to bring back the BRAC Commission, which stands for Base Realignment and Closure. The Niagara Falls Air Base has been on the BRAC list twice. Both times it was saved from closure by massive public support and behind-the-scenes work from state and federal elected officials.

"We rallied together the last time and I think that we can do it again if we do get to that point," said Merrell Lane, Chairman of the Niagara Military Affairs Council, a civilian not-for-profit organization which lobbies on behalf of the base.

Lane will travel to Washington, DC next week to meet with elected leaders and officials from the Pentagon.

If Congress decides to form another BRAC Commission, the Pentagon said it would not happen until 2013.