On January 10, General Ray Odierno, JFCOM’s current commander, outlined a plan for the JFCOM reductions. The command will be dismantled by November 2011, saving the military $400 million. Approximately 1,900 jobs in Hampton Roads, about half of the staff, will be cut. The remaining jobs include some new positions that current employees would compete for or be reassigned to other positions within the Defense Department.
Despite the loss, some facets of JFCOM are expected to remain, namely the joint training and assisting in time of war simulation, which satisfies Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson. She told the Virginian-Pilot, “I think we all know that the modeling and simulation is a critical piece, and so if that is the case it’s very good news.”
Dean McClain, the Chamber’s Municipal Affairs Director, said, “We are grateful for the unprecedented efforts the Governor, our congressional delegation and our local elected and appointed officials made towards saving approximately 50 percent of the JFCOM operations. This was a major effort since the announcement in August which suggested that the entire command and facilities be disestablished.” He added, “The Chamber is prepared to work with Suffolk, Norfolk, and all of our economic development partners to assist the businesses impacted thru our Small Business Development Center program and working on diversifying this region economy.”
Based on the announcements of January 10, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission has produced a brief analysis on the potential impact of the closing of JFCOM.