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He stressed that the list recommended by Rumsfeld can be altered and even added too by the
U.S. Rep. John Hostettler, (IN-8) was satisfied with the DOD announcement and said, "I'm
extremely pleased, but not surprised, that Crane survived this fifth round of base closures. I've
long made the case that Crane, its mission and its people, are vital to our military. I'm glad the
Department of Defense once again reached the same conclusion.
He continued, "This is a shared victory. Gov. Mitch Daniels and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman made
repeated trips to Washington to lobby for Crane at the highest levels. The Indiana Legislature
strengthened Crane's hand with innovative legislation. The Indiana Congressional delegation
worked together to secure
Crane's future. The Southern Indiana Business Alliance gave the community a bullhorn to make
its voice heard."
Hostettler said a lot people worked to keep Crane open, but the men and women who work there
get the real credit.
"The real credit belongs to the people of Crane. The Pentagon's decision was based on military
value and when that's the case Crane comes through with flying colors. Crane employees are
renowned for their hard work, innovation and expertise. When the military has a problem they
"Crane for solutions and its workforce always come through," Hostettler noted, "As more details
of the Commission's report emerge and we analyze the impact of any significant realignment, I
will remain actively engaged in protecting Crane's interests."
For more than 10 years, Rep. Hostettler has been an active supporter of the joint Navy and Army
facility in Southwest Indiana, securing millions of dollars for new construction and projects,
bringing then-U.S. Navy Secretary Gordon England to the base and championing Crane in
Hostettler is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and serves as vice
chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction of the base closure process.
"Whether successfully fighting for military construction funding at Crane or bringing Navy
leadership to see the facilities first-hand, Congressman Hostettler has worked night and day to
fight for this installation," said Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed
Services Committee. "His efforts have been rewarded."
Michael Jahr, a spokesman for Hostettler's Washington D.C. office said, "A lot of communities
around the country are feelings this (announcement).
He added, "The congressman is very committed to Crane, but they make it easy because of the
job they do every day."
Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh said he was glad Crane will remain open and he was pleased that the
state of Indiana stands to gain more than 2,000 new jobs because of additional work being moved
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