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Sen. McWaters Appointed to Governor's Military Commission

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Wed, 2010-08-25 20:00 -- ajohnston
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Senator McWaters is appointed to Governor McDonnell's Commission on Military and National Security Facilities  
Governor Bob McDonnell announced today the members of his Commission on Military and National Security Facilities. This commission was formed in response to discussions in February by Virginia's Congressional Delegation and the recent proposal to close the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM). Senator Jeff McWaters joins Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and co-chairs Tom Davis and Owen Pickett, on this important commission. 

McWaters commented, "The proposed closing of JFCOM and the recent discussion of losing an aircraft carrier to Florida show that Virginia must do more to keep our military facilities here. All levels of government are doing more with less and lowering the cost of government is important. However, these decisions should be thoughtful and show a clear cost-benefit analysis. This commission's work will provide assistance to help our Commonwealth weather this storm and prepare for future BRAC Commission recommendations. The military is a top priority of mine. We must fight for these facilities to ensure our men and women in uniform have the best training and simulation tools available to them. Bipartisan cooperation will be essential to our success, and I look forward to working with the other members so that we are better prepared to deal with these challenges."

Governor McDonnell said, "Virginia has long played a leading role in the defense of the United States of America. The Pentagon, Naval Air Station Oceana, Fort Lee, Fort Belvoir, Naval Station Norfolk, the Joint Forces Command and many other installations in the Commonwealth are crucial to the security of our homeland as well as our ability to project force around the globe. As governor, I will work with leaders from both parties, the private sector, all levels of government and the military to ensure that these facilities remain in the Commonwealth for the sake of our national security. The members of the Commission will play key roles in this effort, and I thank them for agreeing to serve in this capacity. There is important work to be done."

Last week the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission issued a brief estimating that JFCOM contributes over $900 million to the region's gross regional product. Coupled with a lost carrier, the combined economic impact would be over $1.2 billion dollars to Hampton Roads alone.

The Commission on Military and National Security Facilities was created by Executive Order #22. The full text can be found by clicking here.