August 24, 2005

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR
Concerning the Naval Station in Pascagoula

“I am, of course, disappointed but not surprised by the BRAC Commission’s decision to close Naval Station Pascagoula. A strong case was made for the base’s viability in the cause of national defense, but we knew from the start of the BRAC process that the Navy ships stationed at Pascagoula were previously scheduled for decommissioning.

I am proud of the substantive arguments made by local leaders as well as the entire Mississippi Military Communities Council as we worked together in an effort to save the base. Assuming the commission recommendations survive through presidential and congressional review, it is my desire to work with Mayor Matthew Avara and his local team on strategies for future use of the facility. The Mississippi Development Authority will support the local community in every possible way as attention turns to the subject of the best re-use of Singing River Island.”

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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741