Langevin Touts Rhode Island's Military Assets

Jul 6, 2005

(Warwick, R.I.)–Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) offered the following statement after testifying today at the Base Realignment and Closure Commission's (BRAC) Regional Hearing in Boston.

"The Pentagon recognized Rhode Island’s positive climate and has recommended the addition of new commands and assets. We look forward to expanding the contributions of our Air Guard base at Quonset, which serves as the final domestic stop for all C-130 units deploying to Southwest Asia. The proposed additions to Naval Station Newport fit well with its educational and research and development missions. Also, because of its intellectual capital and contributions to shaping the future of the Navy, the Naval Station remains an appropriate site for the Naval Warfare Development Command.

However, one of the most important benefits of Rhode Island is the amazing synergy that has developed through long-standing relationships. Our small businesses are producing cutting-edge technologies while our universities provide research and workforce development. We have also partnered extensively with our neighbors in Connecticut, making southeastern New England the center of excellence for undersea warfare. To maintain that vital relationship and to enhance our national defense, I strongly urged the Commission not to close the submarine base in Groton.

As the BRAC Commission begins its deliberations, I asked them to keep in mind Rhode Island’s unwavering support and contributions to our national defense. We are leading the way in America’s military transformation efforts and welcome the opportunity to enhance that role."

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