Former Utah Representative Expected for BRAC Nomination

Former Utah Representative Expected for BRAC Nomination

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Utah Representative Jim Hansen is expected to be nominated today to serve on the commission that will decide the future of military bases in the country.

After an intensive background screening, President Bush is expected to formally nominated Jim Hansen to serve on the nine-member Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

Hansen's selection to B-R-A-C would put him in the middle of the most far-reaching restructuring of the nation's military.

The commission will provide the president and Congress with the final list of bases to be closed. The Defense Department expects to eliminate up to 25-percent of its structures.

The fate of Hill Air Force Base is among many decisions the panel will make.

Hansen's nomination will still require a Senate approval.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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