"In all of Wisconsin, there's no community with as big a National Guard presence as here in Madison," Lt. Col. Tim Donovan says.
That community stretches 2,500 people strong, all assigned to National Guard units in Madison.
Lt. Col. Tim Donovan says Truax Field's proximity to major metro areas like Chicago is important.
"In a business where seconds count, we're closer by minutes," he says.
But other facilities will lose. The Truman Olson U.S. Army Reserve Center is home to three medical units but is slated for closure.
That brings a loss of 113 military positions.
Another facility ... the O'Connell U.S. Army Reserve Center also will shut its doors, at a loss of 12 positions, most of them military.
But, as some say, it's important to read the fine print because Madison could see the creation of an Armed Forces Center. That also would include the Navy Marine Corps Reserve Center, which is slated to close taking 26 positions with it.
The newly created center would mean about 48 positions.
Naval Cmdr. Dennis Palzkill says, "Assuming that these recommendations are acted on exactly, then the name NMCRC would go away ... the sailors and marines who serve in this unit probably would be serving in a different building possibly under a different command ... but still within an easy, reasonable commute of where they're coming from to serve the nation."
People familiar with this process say the bottom line is, it's too early to read too much into these numbers. They say it's all about saving taxpayers money and adapting to future threats.
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