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Lt. Gov. Ivey, Maxwell AFB officials discuss possible BRAC

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and Maxwell AFB officials discuss the possibility of BRAC. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and Maxwell AFB officials discuss the possibility of BRAC. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

​Base Realignment and Closures,also known as BRAC, is a concern for many state and local leaders. Congress has not declared BRAC, but Alabama is still preparing for the possibility.

Friday, Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey met with commanders of the 908th Airlift Wing to get prepared for the possibility of a realignment.

The 908th is a reserve flying unit. It operates out of Maxwell but provides support to at least 25 bases. Breaking down the numbers, 1,200 people are connected with the 908th and of that, 888 live in Alabama.

The value of jobs created is $13.2 million dollars. The total economic impact of the airlift wing is more than $69 million.

Ivey is Chair of the Military Stability Commission and has been a leader in the state's strategic plan to strengthen and secure Alabama's military assets. The lieutenant governor, along with commanders from the 908th and the base, discussed the strengths of the unit and looked at how to ensure BRAC will not negatively impact it.

"The strategy is here's your strength and weaknesses. Let's get these tended to before BRAC is called by the congress," said Ivey. "When that call comes, the strategy has to be to effectively communicate with our congressional team, the Department of Defense, with the same consistent message that Alabama is prepared and we can well handle some more additions to our military bases and their missions."

When asked about BRAC, commanders with the Airlift Wing say the 908th is strong and they believe the unit should be fine if BRAC is ever declared.

"We are one of very few flying organizations in the state of Alabama. We do bring a lot of economic impact to not only the state and local community," says Col. Adam Willis, Commander of the 908th. "We have the local community support and the Air Force, they don't necessarily want to lose our aircraft as well."

Ivey added, "We are very hopeful that everything will be find because of their history, size, operations, and their abilities that they have proven over 50 years of service. We are optimistic, but we can't sit on our laurels. We have to be fully prepared."

WSFA 12 News reached out to U.S. Representative Martha Roby, who is a member of the Appropriations Committee, about BRAC. In a statement Roby said, "Maxwell-Gunter mission is valuable to the U.S. Air Force, which combined with Montgomery's strong support system, bode well for its future as a base."

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