Havelock, NC – Governor Beverly Perdue joined local community and military leaders at the Havelock Tourists and Events Center last week for the first of four preliminary Military Summits (Jacksonville, Goldsboro, and Fayetteville, NC).
Major General Tom Braaten, USMC (Ret) and Director of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport moderated the Military Summit. He explained the goal, objectives, and introduced Governor Perdue.
The objectives are to identify what is being done well, what needs to be improved upon, and what needs to be done in the future. At the conclusion of the four summits, the information will be compiled and discussed at the final Military Summit at Ft. Bragg, NC. There, they will develop a plan of action to protect our military bases from future closures or downsizing.
The Governor mentioned BRAC. For those who aren’t familiar with this term, it stands for Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. The last BRAC occurred in 2005. The Government saved billions of dollars when numerous bases were either closed or downsized.
North Carolina bases were very fortunate. BRAC gravely affected communities like ours. Who knows how many millions or billions of dollars were lost by local or statewide businesses, not to mention the military retirees who depended on the bases for healthcare and other benefits.
Governor Perdue expressed the positive impact our NC military bases have had on our State’s revenue and how their existence safeguards our Nation and Countries around the World. She urged everyone to join forces with her to work together to protect our bases.
There’s been speculation for years about BRAC 2015. ”Google It” and decide for yourself.
With our Country’s current economic crisis, it wouldn’t surprise me if another round of BRAC didn’t start before 2015. I don’t usually talk politics, but this is an issue close to home. We need to support MCAS Cherry Point and all the businesses and community groups that provide services to the base.
Special thanks to Governor Perdue and your staff, Havelock Chamber of Commerce, Havelock Tourist and Events Center, New Bern Chamber of Commerce Military Alliance, MCAS Cherry Point, and all involved in this initiative.
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