Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

March 5, 2014

Va. panel on military base closings issues report

NORFOLK, Va. — A state commission created to soften the blow of military base closings in Virginia is proposing cooperation over confrontation, a tack that is finding little political support.

The Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities reasons that defense cuts are inevitable and Virginia should seek a say in how they are made.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday the report has received a cool reception from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the state’s congressional delegation.

Then-Gov. Bob McDonnell formed the commission one year ago to counter a process known as BRAC.

The issue is important in Virginia because of the military’s huge footprint in Hampton Roads, the Petersburg area and northern Virginia. The state is home to the nation’s largest naval base, in Norfolk, and multiple four-star commands.

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