In response to Defense Secretary Robert Gates ‘proposed closure of United States Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), Senator Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R- James City) issued the following statement:
“Joint Forces Command employs more than 4,900 employees, provides nearly $200 million in military and civilian salaries each year and nearly half a billion dollars in contracts. It is a crucial employer in Hampton Roads and its elimination could translate into the loss of over 6,000 military, civilian and contractor jobs in the region. The impact on the region will be staggering.
“Unlike many business closures, this is not just about jobs. Rather it is coupled with the substantial and undeniable impact it will have on our national security. Joint Forces Command has been an effective command between all of our services and its loss will assuredly be a detriment to our military readiness and joint training operations.
“I applaud our Governor and Congressional Delegation for taking swift action in denouncing this decision, and hope they will continue to work in a bi-partisan manner and use all their political muscle to see that this decision is reversed.”