Prominent military schools on the Central Coast could be on the chopping block.
"Federal budgets are creating significant pressure on the pentagon to reduce spending," said City of Monterey Deputy City Manager Dino Pick.
To save big bucks, City leaders said another round of recommendations for Base Realignment and Closure, also known as BRAC could likely take place in 2019.
"In 1993 and in 2005 both the Navy School and the Defense Language Institute were under consideration for those BRAC Rounds," said City of Monterey City Manager Mike McCarthy.
Both schools could make the list again, resulting in them being shut down or realigned, something the Central Coast is all too familiar with.
"We saw what happened with the closure of Fort Ord in the early 90's and the time it's taken for the region to rebound,” said Pick. “So we don't want to see any further military installations leave the area.”
To prepare for the worst, Monterey and community leaders are gathering for symposiums to discuss what's already being done and what can be done to keep military on the peninsula. Building relationships is one key recommendation.
"I just think that the chambers of commerce, each chambers of commerce in Monterey County, all surrounding areas, ought to begin studying the military missions here,” said U.S. Representative Sam Farr. “Because I think there’s opportunities for business and opportunities to grow more business and grow more jobs."
Other than attracting and producing top notch talent, officials said the military presence has helped to shape the DNA of Monterey. Currently 11,000 federal employees are part of the fabric of the community.
"That many people who come from a variety of backgrounds, a variety of cultures makes Monterey an incredibly, special place,” said McCarthy.
Locally, city officials said the military contributes $1.5 billion dollars to the economy.
"They fund their teachers, they fund their students to be here and the families to be here,” said McCarthy. “So that’s a very important part economically."
City officials said they will continue to strategize and engage with the community about how to prepare and promote military personnel on the Central Coast to the decision makers in Washington.
ORIGINAL STORY: On Tuesday, local community leaders are meeting to discuss preserving the Monterey Peninsula's relationship with the military.
A symposium panel discussion held at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) included several key people including Congressman Sam Farr, Monterey City Manager Michael McCarthy, Monterey Deputy City Manager Danial Pick, John C. Murphy of Public Private Solutions Group and Mike Cooper, President of the Association of Defense Communities.
The City of Monterey said the group is meeting to gather information on current partnerships with the military and to plan for the possibility of a Base Realignment and Closure in the future.
KION's Maya Holmes finds out what's at stake for the military community on the Central Coast.