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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Gov Rell, Senator Dodd headline CT delegation at BRAC meeting

From The Norwich Bulletin

Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Sen. Christopher Dodd will lead the Connecticut delegation at the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission regional hearing July 6 in Boston.

The state submitted its list of participants and topics Monday to the BRAC Commission.

The hearing will be an opportunity for Connecticut to demonstrate how the Pentagon was flawed in its analysis that recommends closing the Groton submarine base.

The Connecticut delegation is scheduled to present its two-hour argument beginning at 9:30 a.m. July 6 in the Boston Convention Center.

Rell and Dodd will deliver the introductory remarks.


Subase Realignment Coalition members will discuss other considerations that have not been announced yet. And U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, will deliver a summary of arguments against closing the sub base.

Brig. Gen. Thaddeus Martin, adjutant general of the Connecticut National Guard, will deliver the presentation on the 103rd Fighter Wing, Air National Guard, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman will make the closing remarks.


"We're all working together on this to present a well-focused, powerful argument, said Dennis Schain, spokesman for Rell. "The hearing is an opportunity to make a strong case, which we have, to reverse the Pentagon decision."

To express your opinion on the Department of Defense's proposed base closing and realignment recommendations, call:

U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, 1-800-334-5341.

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, 1-800-225-5605.

U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, 886-0139.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell, 566-4840.