The Air Force on Oct. 31 transferred the 314-acre Davis Global Communications Site, an annex of the former McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif., to Yolo County for use as parkland. The property will be added to the 320-acre Yolo County Regional Grasslands Park that comprises land that the Air Force transferred to the county back in 1973. The park has recreation uses and areas of protected habitats for threatened and endangered species. A small portion of the Davis site is still undergoing environmental cleanup, but California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) approved the early transfer of the site on Oct. 17 under the federal Superfund law, based on assurances that the Air Force will complete the cleanup. McClellan, a former air logistics center, closed in 2001 as a result of BRAC 1995. (Sacramento report by Mary M. Hall)
As the U.S. continues to pursue a diplomatic resolution with Russia over its troop buildup on the Ukraine border, the Defense Department is looking into what capabilities it will need to reassure NATO allies if Russia does launch an invasion, its top spokesperson said Jan. 21.