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Graham Statement on BRAC

Location: Washington, DC

Graham Statement on BRAC

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the BRAC realignment and closure process. Among South Carolina military installations:

Fort Jackson Gain Net 615 Positions Added 435 Military / 180 Civilian

Marine Air Corps Station Beaufort Gain Net 12 Positions Added 12 Civilian

McEntire Air National Guard Station Gain Net 426 Positions Added 418 Military / 8 Civilian

Naval Weapons Stations Charleston Realigned Net 250 Positions Lost Lost: 170 Military / 149 Civilian Gained: 45 Military / 24 Civilian

Shaw Air Force Base Gain 817 Positions Added Lost: 74 Military / 1 Civilian Gained: 816 Military / 76 Civilian

Defense Financing and Accounting Service, Charleston Closed Net 368 Positions Lost 368 Civilian

South Naval Facilities Engineering Command Closed 543 Positions Lost Lost: 6 Military / 492 Civilian / 45 Mission Contractor

"Overall, South Carolina flourished during this round of BRAC because we have supportive communities and the missions being preformed at installations in our state are indispensable to the War on Terror. As this round of BRAC proves, our state represents growth potential for the Department of Defense.

"While it was unfortunate that we did lose some positions, our footprint actually increased. I'm pleased with the outcome of the first step in the BRAC process. I believe this successful outcome is the direct result of collaboration between local, state, and federal officials.

"I always thought we had a great story to tell and a lot to offer. Today's round of BRAC shows the Department of Defense believes the same. We must not rest though as this is only one step in a long process. Until this is finished, we must not let our guard down."

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