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South Georgia bases safe from BRAC closings

Washington D.C.-   Bracing for BRAC is over for South Georgians.

The Marine Corp Logistics Base in Albany and Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta are both safe from BRAC closings.

WALB News Ten was told at 9:20 a.m. by a spokesman in Senator Saxby Chambliss' office in Washington D.C. that Albany's Marine base was not on the list of recommended base closings that will be released by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

"I want to congratulate the people who have put a herculean effort into saving our base," said Mayor Willie Adams, at a press conference at U.S. Representative Samfor Bishop's office in Albany Friday morning.

However, there are four Georgia bases that will be on today's list. They are the Naval Supply School in Athens, the Naval Air Station in Atlanta, Fort McPherson and Fort Gillam both in the Atlanta area.

The base employs 516 Military personnel, 1,869 Civilian employees and Independent contractor payments total more than $206 million a year.

In all, MCLB's annual base employment expenditures exceed $412 million for this region.

Workers travel from all over South Georgia to the base, but 71 percent of the impact is in the Albany metro area -Dougherty and Lee Counties.

A list of Georgia military facilities that the Defense Department has recommended for closure or gains Friday, with losses in parentheses:

CLOSURES

Installation

Gain/Loss, Military 

 Gain/Loss, Civilian

Net Total

Ft. McPherson, Atlanta 

(2,260)

(1,881)

(4,141)

Naval Air Sta. Marietta 

(1,274)

(224)*

(1,498)

Ft. Gillem, Forest Park

(511)

(570)

(1,081)

Naval School, Athens 

(389)

(124)*

(513)

Peachtree Leases, Atl. 

(65)

(97)

(162)

Inspector/Instructor, Rome

(9)

0

(9)

Army Res. Cen. Columbus

(9)

0

(9)

TOTALS                    

(4,517)

(2,896)

(7,413)

 

 

 

 GAINS     

Installation

Gain/Loss, Military 

Gain/Loss, Civilian

Net Total

Fort Benning    

9,221

618

9,839

Submarine Base, Kings Bay

3,245

122*

3,367

Robins A.F. Base,
Warner Robins 

(31)

780*

749

Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta

670

(95)

575

MCLB, Albany

(1)

151

150

Dobbins Air Reserve, Marietta

73

45

118

Savannah Air Guard Station    

17

21

38

TOTALS                

13,194

1,642

14,836

STATEWIDE NET GAINS/LOSSES   8,677    (1,254)          7,423