Because I'm fiercely protective of both my specific hometown - San Pedro - and it's city- Los Angeles, I just wanted to clear something up.
Los Angeles Air Force Base, one of the bases that will likely face the threat of closure is not located in what one reader called "the ghetto."
I'm guessing there are worse places to be stationed. Generally speaking, the Air Force takes the best care of its people out of any branch of the military, though I'm biased. (And I welcome comments from my Army and Navy readers.) Not because I'm in the Air Force, nor was I raised an AF brat, but growing up in San Pedro, I attended church at the local AF housing installation. I spent most weekends on base with my friends, also dealt with the emotional goodbyes as best friends moved far away. The base is gorgeous, picturesque, and historic. The working base itself is in El Segundo. Sure, it's not Marina Del Rey (about two blocks to the North), but it's a far cry from a bad neighborhood - check it out.
Closing LA AFB would devestate my hometown, economically, culturally, and - at least for me - personally.
That's the last of my two-cents on the issue . . . . for now.
P.S. check out the tragic settings in which LA AFB families are forced to live. Really awful.