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Governor tours Albany MCLB

May 24, 2004

Dougherty County -- Military bases scattered around the state have a dramatic effect on Georgia's total economic picture. Governor Sonny Perdue is visiting five installations Monday and  Tuesday to see first hand how state government can help keep those bases open.

The Albany Marine Base was his first stop on the tour. Governor Sonny Perdue kicked off his tour of state military installations at the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base. Governor Perdue said, "They've got an important mission to do for the cause of freedom. And as a state we want to be great partners in that effort."

Logistics Commanding General Harold Mashburn led the inspection, proudly pointing out accomplishments like the armor protection kits being built here for vehicles in Iraq. Governor Perdue said, "The very efforts of men and women here, employees here, citizens of Dougherty County, are making toward saving lives is very impressive."

With a round of base closings looming, Governor Perdue joined hands with city and base leaders to show why Georgia's bases should grow, not be shut down. Governor Perdue said, "They know what their mission is. They do it very well. And our war fighters across the world are beneficiaries. And I think the Department of Defense will want more of that, not less."

Mayor Dr. Willie Adams said, "We've got about 2,500 civilian jobs and 600 military people with an annual budget of over 100 million dollars. So this is an economic engine we can ill afford to lose."

Governor Perdue said the state could improve roads and infrastructure around Georgia military bases to make them more viable. But it will be the bases' productivity that decides their future.

Governor Perdue flew from Albany to Fort Benning, and then on to Robins Air Force Base Monday on his tour. Tuesday he will visit the Navy Supply School in Athens and Fort Gordon in Augusta.

posted at 4:20PM by jimw@walb.com