JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi is getting proactive to help 37,000 people keep their jobs.
Those are all military jobs and here’s the problem: The President has asked for funding for a BRAC (Base Realignment And Closure) study. When it gets to that level, where the President of the United States is recommending it, you better take it seriously,” said Governor Phil Bryant.
He has asked the Mississippi Military Communities Council (MMCC) to step in. “We are to advise the Governor and legislative officials on opportunities to enhance, expand, add or improve mission programs, facilities or operations within our great state,” explained MMCC Chairman retired Major General Bill Freeman during a media briefing Thursday.
The MMCC was established by Former Governor Kirk Fordice nearly 20 years ago, and reestablished by Governor Phil Bryant by his first executive order last year.
Each military community in Mississippi names members to its own working group and designates a senior member to work closely with the state-level designation.
Another round of federal base closings is expected in 2015.