Barrow: BRAC Commission's Vote to Close the Navy Supply Corps School "represents poor judgment based on a flawed process"
August 24, 2005
Athens, GA - In response to today's vote by the BRAC Commission to close and relocate the Athens Navy Supply Corps School, 12th District Congressman John Barrow (D-GA) issued the following statement:
"The BRAC Commission's vote to close the Athens Navy Supply Corps School represents poor judgment based on a flawed process. Closing this state of the art, multi-function training facility will do more than just harm our community - it will punish local veterans who rely on the school for quality healthcare and diminish the training capacity for our nation's armed forces as a whole.
"Over the last few months, local leaders like Jim LaBoon, George Huban, and Len Sapera have volunteered their time to help defend the Navy School. Together, we presented a compelling case that clearly demonstrates just how valuable and cost-effective this military facility is to our nation's military mission and preparedness.
"Not only that, we proved that it's going to cost the Department of Defense more money to move the Navy School than to leave it where it is. The BRAC Commission overlooked many costs involved with moving the School. Moving the Navy School will actually increase operating costs by as much as $800,000 a year, and decrease the school's training resources.
"Today's vote was a major setback, but I'll continue to work with members of our community, and our state's Congressional delegation, to defend the Navy School. Later this year, the President will submit a final BRAC report to Congress for approval. If the Navy School is still on the list for closure, I intend to vote against this report."