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We're out of the Vieques

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    NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

    No. 015-03
    January 10, 2003


    Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England today signed the
    letter of certification to Congress confirming that, as planned,
    the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps will cease military training on
    the Vieques Inner Range by May 1, 2003. The Department of the
    Navy has identified training alternatives that will collectively
    provide equivalent or superior training to the
    options provided by the island of Vieques.

    The Navy and Marine Corps will conduct future military
    training of East Coast units at existing continental U.S. ranges
    and facilities. Additionally, the Navy and Marine Corps intend
    to maximize the use of enhanced training technologies.

    "We looked at our entire training program and have
    developed a strategy to provide effective training for our
    Sailors and Marines," England said. "It's important for the
    Department of the Navy to invest now in a training process that
    provides ready naval forces today and in the future. This is
    exactly what our comprehensive training strategy achieves."

    The Navy plans to fund more than $400 million in
    improvements over the next few years to enhance and improve
    future-training. These improvements are included in the
    Training Resource Strategy and will continue to evolve with new
    technologies and range developments.

    Web version: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jan2003/b01102003_bt015-03.html

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