Hampton Roads Buoyed by Revamped Strategy
Officials in Hampton Roads, Va., believe the tilt in defense strategy outlined Thursday calling for the military to rebalance its global posture to emphasize the Asia-Pacific and Middle East theaters is good news for the region.
“They kept talking about global presence with fewer people, which translates to me as more airplanes and ships. You can’t have a global presence without carriers and ships,” Virginia Rep. Robert Scott (D) told the Daily Press.
Craig Quigley, executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, echoed Scott, noting that the region’s concentration of Navy and Air Force facilities places it in better shape than communities with large Army or Marine installations.
“I’d much rather be in Hampton Roads right now as opposed to Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, Fort Campbell, where you have large standing forces that deploy forward,” Quigley said. “The Army and Marine Corps are going to get smaller.”
Still, because the vision the president and DOD’s senior leadership described was short on specifics, area officials said they could not carefully assess its impact on the military personnel, DOD civilian workers and contractors in southeastern Virginia, according to the story.