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Keeping MCLB off the closure list

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August 25, 2003

Albany - The government plans to close 100 military bases in the next two years. And, South Georgia is fighting to keep MCLB off the list.

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission announced it will shut down 25% of the bases across the country by September 2005. Dougherty County and Albany city leaders are forming a task force to support the Albany Marine Base. The base employees more than 3,000 civilians, with a pay roll of $100,000,000.

"MCLB is vital to all of Southwest Georgia." said Albany Mayor Tommy Coleman. "Losing the base would mean losing many, many jobs. So everyone in the area needs to work to make sure the base stays open."

Employees from 25 South Georgia and East Alabama counties work at MCLB. All 13 Georgia bases could be considered for closure or cutbacks.

Posted at 6:25PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com