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State leader warns Georgia base closings are coming

Albany--The man leading the effort to protect Georgia's military bases says communities like Albany need to prepare for the worst.

Retired General Philip Browning is the director of the state's Military Affairs Coordinating Committee. He says Georgia definitely will get hit when the next base closure list comes out in three months. Browning plans to tell base communities to go ahead and set up Planning Redevelopment Authorities to begin planning for how to use bases that are closed.

Southwest Georgia leaders say they're as prepared as they can be. Albany Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tim Martin said, "We have been meeting for two years every single week, in some instances maybe more than that to be prepared for those three things . . . number one stay off the list, two get off the list and three heaven forbid, plan for our future as we move forward."

The Southwest Georgia Alliance for Progress will meet this week to discuss that detailed plan.  Georgia has 13 military bases.  Our state is one of only 17 states that has not been affected at all by the previous rounds of base closings.

posted by ben.roberts@walb.com