The Co-Chairman of the Governor’s Council on Base Support and Retention says a united front by communities, the state and the congressional delegation is the key to limiting the number of base closures in California. Leon Panetta says California has a compelling argument.
“The threats in the future are going to come from the Pacific. We basically deploy our forces out of San Diego, out of Camp Pendleton, out of Travis Air Force Base, so we can play a very key role in terms of the Pacific, in terms of our defense.”
The Council has been studying 62 bases around the state and conducted field hearings in potentially affected communities. The council’s report will include military base inventories and recommendations, and will come prior to the U-S Department of Defense list of base closure recommendations that will be released in May.