- August 21, 2012
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Dothan officials on Tuesday voted to join a handful of cities in southeastern Alabama to pay for a consultant to protect Fort Rucker’s interest in a future base closure round. The city commission approved spending $130,992 a year for three years for a consultant to lobby Army and Pentagon officials. “We want to be on offense rather than defense for this round of BRAC,” said Whit Armstrong, spokesman for Friends of Fort Rucker, reported the Dothan Eagle. The goal isn’t just to preserve the post’s programs but also to capture missions from other installations. Rucker is responsible for about 25,000 jobs in the local economy and about a $2 billion annual economic impact, according to the story.