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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

New State Panel to Aid Alabama’s Military Preservation Efforts

  • January 24, 2012
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A commission created by the Alabama legislature last year is stepping up its efforts to help the state’s defense communities support local installations and make the case that the military should consider moving missions to Alabama in any future reorganization.

Individual communities historically have supported the state’s military installations, but, to date, the state has not coordinated those local initiatives, reported the Montgomery Advertiser.

“The intent is not to get in the way of what communities have been doing for years, but to help on a statewide level,” said retired Air Force brigadier general Paul Hankins, an adviser to the Job Creation and Military Stability Commission.

One task for the commission will be to raise funds through a 501(c)(4) organization from private sources, as well as the legislature. Funds will be used to perform an analysis of the state’s strengths and weaknesses, and to help communities enhance their bases’ military value.

One issue officials will study is the impact of recent personnel actions announced by the services. Last week, Anniston Army Depot said more than 500 workers are expected to lose their jobs starting in April, according to the Advertiser.

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