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McDonnell asks Obama to halt closure of Joint Forces Command

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has asked President Obama to reject Defense Secretary Robert Gates's decision to close the Joint Forces Command, a military installation employing more than 6,000 in Hampton Roads.

McDonnell sent a pair of letters to Obama and Gates at the same time that members of Virginia's congressional delegation and the mayors of Suffolk, Norfolk and Virginia Beach also sent letters opposing the closure.

McDonnell said Gates did not consult with him as a member of the Council of Governors, nor did the decision go through the normal Base Realignment and Closure procedure.

"Now is simply not the time to engage in reducing the war fighting capabilities of the United States military by reducing the resources required by the military to execute the mission assignments of this nation,'' McDonnell wrote to Obama.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 17, 2010; 6:22 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Where's the guardian of the Hampton Roads military establishment in Washington? Where is former Senator John Warner???

Posted by: BJRWC4 | August 18, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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