Archive for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

40 years ago: Topeka’s Forbes Field to be included in Pentagon cutback

April 17, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 17, 1973:

  • Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka was one of many military bases around the country to be closed by a Pentagon cutback announced today. In the biggest such move since 1970, officials were cutting back or closing 274 military bases, eliminating 21,172 civilian and 16,640 military jobs at a savings of $275 million a year. Major closings were to include the Boston Navy Yard and the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco, a naval air station at Long Beach, California, and Laredo AFB in Texas, The closing of Forbes in Topeka by Sept. 1 was expected to have dramatic effects in the capital city, reducing the 3,940 military personnel to 201. The civilian job loss at Forbes was expected to be less severe, with most of the 195 jobs affected scheduled to be eliminated through retirements.
  • Three students had been injured today in a dormitory fire at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. Some 200 residents had been evacuated from the Kramer Dormitory during the blaze, which had started in the electrical wiring on the third floor and had been confined to the hallway.


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