05.09.17

Senator David Perdue Hosts Georgia Military Community Advisory Board

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met with leaders from each of Georgia’s military communities to discuss how all of the state’s military bases can better work together to further strengthen Georgia’s contribution to our national defense.

“This meeting was a great example of the benefit of bringing together the military community groups from around Georgia, said Senator Perdue. “We heard some very impressive presentations and had a productive discussion about best practices for increasing our role as a state in our national defense. Maintaining our national security is one of the most important jobs we have in Congress. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am proud of the role our state plays in providing for our national security.”

Military Board

Senator David Perdue was joined by representatives from over 15 military community groups advocating for each of Georgia’s nine bases.

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission: “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. We appreciate Senator Perdue's partnership in strengthening Georgia's military communities,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, President & CEO, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Justin Strickland, President, Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

City of Valdosta: “Georgia is blessed by its military installations and the great pride they bring to our state in the national defense of our country. The men and women who live in our communities while serving our country add to the rich quality of life in our state. They contribute to the social, economic, cultural, civic, and heritage of our state and make us proud by their actions and their service. We appreciate Senator Perdue’s commitment to improve our national defense by providing the needed resources to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who serve in Georgia,” said Larry H. Hanson, City Manager, City of Valdosta.

Cobb Chamber of Commerce: “Dobbins ARB is an integral part of Georgia’s proud military history. As the only military base in the Atlanta region, Dobbins continues to serve our nation’s global missions and a strategic regional mission, as a disaster preparedness and recovery center. The 22nd Air Force, 94th Airlift Wing, Georgia National Guard and Lockheed Martin, and many others, within the Dobbins footprint, are all critical to its legacy of success. A legacy built upon great partnerships. Our business community, under Chamber leadership, has a long history of partnering with and supporting Dobbins ARB. Our Honorary Commanders program pairs community leaders with military counterparts for a year-long program building strong and lasting ties. The Atlanta Regional Military Affairs Council (ARMAC)-Military Appreciation Luncheon, in its 65th year, supports military members from the entire region. Most recently the Military Family Support Center, a public-private partnership provides commissary style services for National Guard and Reserve members, retired veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families. All of these programs are part of our Chamber’s core values, as they support the men and women who sacrifice for our nation. The Cobb Chamber greatly appreciates the leadership role Senator Perdue is taking in highlighting our military bases, which are important not only to our vital national interests and security but are vital components to Georgia’s overall economy,” said David Connell, President & CEO, Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce: “The Department of Defense impacts Georgia in excess of $20 billion dollars a year. In the Fort Benning/Columbus Region we realize the financial impact of Fort Benning to be some $4.8 billion annually. While the financials are important, even more so is the manner in which we and Fort Benning partner and team. Fort Benning and the Columbus Region have become one family, as we are inseparable and Fort Benning Soldiers, Civilians and Family are an integral part of this regions very fabric. We are encouraged by Georgia’s support of the Department of Defense and our region is proud of the manner in which we have partnered with the state and our Georgia leadership in Washington to support our military. We have been honored to be invited and participate in today’s discussions with U.S. Senator Perdue and the other regions and communities identified with Georgia’s defense installations. It has been exciting to share and exchange ideas, experiences and focus on what roles we as well as our local and regional leadership may play to positively impact the future of our military partners in this great state of Georgia,” said Brian Anderson, President & CEO, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter: “There can be no doubt of Georgia's importance to national defense. Georgia has the second largest active duty Army population in the U.S. with almost 47,000 soldiers and the fifth largest population of all active military services at over 88,000. The state’s location makes it the ideal rapid deployment hub for any crisis arising north, east or south of the United States with inter-modal facilities rivaled by none.  Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield has been touted as the Army Premier Power Projection Platform on the East Coast,” said Paul M. Andreshak, Executive Director, Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter.

The Camden Partnership: "We are pleased that Senator Perdue is reaching out to each of our military support organizations to be better understand the needs of our military and our installations in Georgia. After meeting, regularly for twenty years we have not met for the past few years. The collaborative efforts of this group will benefit our state, our military communities and the military who call Georgia home. Thank you, Senator,” said Sheila McNeill, President, The Camden Partnership.

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