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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
The South Georgia Military Affairs committee is preparing to head to the Pentagon to fight for Moody Air Force Base.
Members plan to emphasize how important Moody is to the economy in the Valdosta area. The base pumps about $450 million dollars into the economy each year.
With another round of base closures possible in 2017, Moody supporters want to get an early start trying to keep the base off that potential list.
"We want to communicate to our congressional delegation, as well as to the Air Force, how supportive we are of Moody and how much we want to see Moody's presence in our community protected and preserved," explained Michael Lee, Co-Chair of the South Georgia Military Affairs Committee.
Nick Lacey is the other Co-Chair of the committee. He said the committee plans to highlight the recent money-saving agreement between Moody and the surrounding communities as another reason Moody is so important.
"One project that was just announced last week was the community partners, where Moody and the Air Force, working with the local communities, have taken some things like water-sewer, and some other activities at Moody that can be done with the help of the local community to save both the Air Force and the local communities money," said Lacey.
The Air Force plans to get rid of A-10 jets stationed at Moody. That phase out could begin as early as October 2014.