Direct From David: Supporting Georgia's Military Community
There’s no doubt Georgia’s military installations are in a class of their own. I recently had the opportunity to gather with people committed to making our military communities great.
We discussed best practices and how we can work together to make our bases even more competitive. I’m proud of the role that Georgia plays in our national defense and I am dedicated to supporting our military communities at every turn.
If you have a few moments, read some of these highlights from our meeting.
“The collaborative efforts of this group will benefit our state, our military communities and the military who call Georgia home.” said Sheila McNeill, former national Navy League president and chair of the Camden Partnership, an organization created to promote community support for Kings Bay and its military mission. (The Brunswick News: Perdue meets with state military representatives, 5/11/17)
“We applaud the group’s efforts in meeting with Perdue this week to ensure our legislators in Washington are well aware that we have no plans of seeing the presence of the military in our communities diminish…it is comforting to know we have a group with a strong voice fighting for the important mission of Georgia’s military installations and the many, many people who serve there and support their families there.” (Editorial: Military presence is important to Georgia, Isles, 5/15/17)
“I think there’s a realization that we have to continue to talk about our bases in Georgia, and that there are a lot of things we can discuss with each other that would give us some common practices that would impress upon folks in the Pentagon, as well as in the Congress, that we have a good place for soldiers, sailors, Marines and the Air Force here,” said Andreshak, a former deputy garrison commander at Fort Stewart. “We have solid bases and we have a lot of community support.” (Savannah Morning News: Senator David Perdue hears military concerns, ideas for Georgia bases, 5/14/17)
“We haven’t had a meeting where we had everybody together...Clearly the defense communities need to get together more often," said Rob Brooks, 21st Century Partnership Chairman. (The Macon Telegraph: Supporters of Georgia military bases meet with Perdue, 5/8/17)
“Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany is integral to the readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps, and critical to the economy of Albany and Southwest Georgia,” Barbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, and Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, said in a joint statement. “We appreciate Senator Perdue’s partnership in strengthening Georgia’s military communities.” (The Albany Herald: Sen. David Perdue meets with Georgia military community representatives in Atlanta, 5/9/17)
“Focusing on collaboration to bolster national security, Senator David Perdue of Georgia, met with leaders from communities with military bases around the state this week. The Senate Armed Services Committee member assembled the leaders to discuss how the state’s bases can better work together to strengthen Georgia’s contribution to national defense…Georgia is home to nine military bases, including Augusta’s Fort Gordon, and had the fifth-highest active-duty service-member population in 2016.” (The Augusta Chronicle: Military communities talk collaboration, security with Senator Perdue, 5/9/17)
“I’m pleased that Senator Perdue turned to Georgia Tech when convening military community leaders from around the state to discuss how we can all work together in order to help Georgia’s national security sector thrive,” said Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson. "I’m incredibly proud of the work that researchers at Georgia Tech continue to do to help our Department of Defense solve some of its toughest problems.” (Georgia Tech Government and Community Relations: Georgia Tech Welcomes Senator Perdue, Leaders from Georgia's Military Communities, 5/15/17)
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