Mar 15 2005

SHELBY STATEMENT ON BRAC COMMISSION NOMINEES

WASHINGTON, DC – President George W. Bush today submitted to the Senate the names of nine nominees who will serve on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission for 2005. Senator Shelby made the following statement about the BRAC Commission:

“I strongly believe that Alabama’s military installations are well-positioned going into the 2005 BRAC process. Each of Alabama’s bases provide critical support and military value to our national defense and the mission of our armed forces. I am confident that the BRAC Commission will see the value and purpose of our installations.”

“I am pleased that former Veterans Administration Secretary Anthony Principi has been nominated to head the BRAC Commission. Secretary Principi faces a tremendous challenge, but I am confident that with his depth of knowledge he is up to this task.”

“I am, however, disappointed that General Coburn will not serve as a member of the BRAC Commission. His vast military expertise and knowledge would have contributed greatly to the process. I have been assured that General Kicklighter will serve only as a placeholder until a new nominee can be found. I am hopeful, that as the confirmation process continues, a replacement will be found who will embody General Coburn’s immense understanding of our military posture and mission readiness needs.”

“Now, more than ever, our Nation’s military bases play a critical role in our national security, and I am hopeful that the BRAC Commission will measure each installation on their merits.”

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