The 64-year-old base, which was spared from the Pentagon’s list of proposed base closures released in May, was one of about a dozen facilities discussed during a key meeting Tuesday in Washington as possible additions to the list. However, commissioners voted 7-1, with one recusal, to keep Moody open.
The commission also discussed possibly moving the Master Jet Base located at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., which was added to the closure list Tuesday.
Defense analysts tesitified that new condominiums and other residential encroachment around Oceana is threatening the Navy’s training work. Bill Fetzer, an analyst for the Base Closure and Realignment Commission, said the land was more open: “They have more buildable acres down there.”
Oceana, Virginia Beach’s largest employer, is the Navy’s principal East Coast base for fighter aircraft. It currently is home to about 140 F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets and about 50 F-14 Tomcats