Originally created 05/14/05

Base closing briefs

South Carolina's bases get 709 new positions

COLUMBIA - Overall, South Carolina's major bases escaped closure, and commanders learned there would be a net gain of 709 jobs. Across the state, politicians and military backers expressed relief and said months of lobbying had paid off.

"South Carolina flourished during this round of BRAC because we have supportive communities and the missions being performed at installations in our state are indispensable to the war on terror," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C..

Politicians predicted the vote of confidence showed by the Pentagon would boost the state's economy.

Fort Benning will gain nearly 10,000 personnel

COLUMBUS, GA. - Mayor Bob Poydasheff can't stop grinning. Fort Benning, his community's lifeblood, is set to grow by 9,221 troops and 618 civilian workers under the base realignment plan.

The post's net gain of nearly 10,000 personnel was the third largest of any base in the country.

Fort Benning, the west Georgia city's largest employer, already is home to 28,659 military personnel and a civilian work force of 6,712, carrying a massive annual payroll of $1.1 billion.

New submarines, sailors will come to Kings Bay

ST. MARYS, GA. - Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base was one of the big winners Friday.

Kings Bay will get a squadron of Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines from the base at New London, Conn. In total, more than 3,200 sailors and more than 100 civilian employees will be moving to Kings Bay.

Navy analysts have said Kings Bay, currently home port for seven Trident submarines, has the dock space for the additional boats, but some additional barracks space will have to be constructed to house sailors undergoing training at the submarine school.

Charleston breathes easy despite lost jobs

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A dozen years ago, the news was bleak for this city that has survived hurricanes, earthquake and war. The government targeted the Charleston Naval Base and Charleston Naval Shipyard for closure, and tens of thousands of military jobs were lost.

On Friday, the Pentagon announced again it would take jobs, but the news was greeted generally with relief.

The 1,161 total was only a fraction of the hit the region took in the 1993 round of base closures and realignments.

- Edited from wire reports


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