The Dothan Eagle - September 20, 2012, By Ebony Horton
The unique and integral services offered at Fort Rucker would be hard to replicate in any other part of the country, easing concerns the post could be negatively impacted by any future Base Realignment and Closure, Gov. Robert Bentley said Thursday.
Bentley toured Fort Rucker and shook hands with some of the flight students during his first stop at the post since being elected as governor.
Bentley said because of the infrastructure and mission carried out at Fort Rucker, he feels “very confident” there would be a good outcome should another BRAC take place.
“Fort Rucker is either the fourth or fifth largest employer in the state,” he said.
“It's just a pleasure to come and see what it means not only to this part of the state, but also America.”
In addition to state efforts to protect all of Alabama's military interests, Bentley said the state continues every day to try to bring more businesses into the state.
Bentley said there are some projects being worked on now, about which he could not comment, but he said the state does not discriminate in where new businesses locate in Alabama.
“We don't discriminate with companies because we let them decide what part of the state they want to go,” he said.
Alabama Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who traveled with Bentley on Thursday, said he was pleased the governor visited the post. Several other legislative officials also attended.
“It's apparent what this base means not only to us but to the state,” Clouse said.
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