Statements and Testimony - Senator John Warner - Regional Hearing June 24, 2005 Clovis, NM Page: 4 of 52
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prescribed in law. While many have criticized the BRAC process over the
years, no one has come up with a better, fairer, more objective way to address
the unpleasant task of closing military bases. Thank you for your
commitment and willingness to participate in this process essential to
maintaining America's modern and strong national defense.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has enjoyed a close relationship with
our men and women in uniform since the founding of our Republic. Virginia
is home to some of the most diverse and capable military personnel and
installations, including leased facilities, effectively supporting the full range
of U.S. military missions and special operations.
- The Hampton Roads region serves as the homeport for the U.S. Naval
Atlantic Fleet with critical installations including Naval Air Station Oceana,
Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and Naval Base Little
Creek. Langley Air Force Base has the honor of being the first air base in the
world to support the operations of the best fighter jet in the world, the F/A-22
Raptor. Located near these installations are the traditional Army bulwarks at
Fort Story, Fort Monroe, Fort Eustis, and Fort Lee in nearby Petersburg.
This compact and critical collection of military activities has enabled our
military forces to work and train together ever since the joint siege at
Yorktown became the stepping stone for the beginning of our nation. The
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