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BRAC commissioners head to Atlanta

June 29, 2005

Albany - Georgia military bases that are set to close will get a chance Thursday to fight their way off the BRAC list. Members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission will hold a regional hearing in Atlanta.

Each base will get about 15 minutes to tell BRAC commissioners why they should be removed from or stay off of the cut list. Congressman Sanford Bishop, MCLB leaders, and members of the Southwest Georgia Alliance for Progress will represent the Albany Marine Base. Congressman Bishop says he'll tell commissioners that MCLB is ready to handle additional work.

"The study and all of the data support the Secretary of Defense's recommendation that the Albany base maintains its mission and have the puff-up of some 150 individuals to enhance the discharged of those responsibilities."

MCLB Albany is slated to get 151 new civilian jobs and Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta will pick up 670 military jobs.

Four Georgia bases are on the closure list: Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Fort Gillem in Forest Park, Naval Air Station-Atlanta, and the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens. Nationwide, 33-major bases are set to be closed along with nearly 150 smaller facilities. That will eliminate 29,000 jobs.

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