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Keeping Moody safe from BRAC

Valdosta - Community leaders in Valdosta and Lowndes County are working to make sure Moody Air Force Base is kept off the Base Realignment and Closure list.

Moody is the largest employer in Lowndes County, providing about 5,100 military jobs and more than 350 civilian work opportunities.

A military affairs committee has been preparing for the upcoming round of BRAC for several years. They hope the diversity of Moody's missions, its advanced pilot training program, and community support will keep the base off the closing list.

"I think we're in very good shape, our community is very supportive of Moody. Unfortunately, community support isn't one of the criteria that's listed, however, that community support does fuel the necessary steps that we need to take to protect our base here," said Paige Dukes, Military Affairs Committee Member.

Moody is one of four primary pilot training bases in the U.S. It trains about 25 percent of pilots in the U.S. Air Force.

posted by ashley.harper@walb.com