Gov. Sanford to Lead Delegation to Washington D.C.
DELEGATION TO TOUT SOUTH CAROLINA'S MILITARY INSTALLATIONS
Gov. Mark Sanford will lead a delegation to the nation's capital in Washington D.C. this coming Monday (March 14, 2005), meeting with representatives from each branch of the United States Armed Services and other Pentagon officials as the initial stages of the Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process draws to a close. Within two months of taking office in 2003, Gov. Sanford created the South Carolina Military Base Task Force and the Governor's Military Base Advisory Committee to help coordinate state strategy related to BRAC. Since that time - at the recommendation of those defense groups - hundreds of thousands of dollars have been provided to South Carolina municipalities that are home to military installations. The governor has also personally visited each military installation in South Carolina since taking office.
"We've got a military tradition in South Carolina that dates all the way back to the first skirmishes of the American Revolution," Gov. Sanford said in forming these base defense groups two years ago today. This afternoon he added to that, "Whether in Afghanistan, Iraq or any part of the world where they are called to service, this state's military installations are a key component not just to our current military obligations, but to our long-term national defense efforts as a whole."
The governor and his delegation will hold a media availability in Washington at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room SR 325. Joining Gov. Sanford in Washington as part of the delegation will be Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom (Co-Chairman of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force), Brig. General (Ret.) Thomas R. Mikolajcik (pronounced Mik-o-lie-chick), Beaufort Mayor Bill Rauch, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, Columbia Mayor Bob Coble, North Charleston Mayor Pro Tempore Kurt Taylor and Sumter Mayor Pro Tempore Rev. William Randolph. Invited to join the delegation are State Sen. Scott Richardson, State Rep. Bill Cotty and State Rep. Catherine Ceips.