For Immediate Release: April 27, 2012
Contact: Eileen Ricker, 916-651-4035, email@example.com
Harman Introduces Resolutions Urging Congress to Preserve Orange County Military Bases
Sacramento – Senator Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) announced he has introduced two resolutions, Senate Joint Resolution 24 and Senate Joint Resolution 25 urging Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Congress to preserve two military bases located in Orange County. The Naval Weapons Station, located in Seal Beach, and the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base have been targeted for closure during the newly proposed rounds of defense spending cuts and base closures.
“The Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach is the primary military operation that services and supplies the entire Pacific Fleet based in San Diego. It is a vital part of our nation’s security and defense efforts. I plan on working to keep it open,” said Harman. “Losing the Naval Weapons Station to spending cuts would severely cripple our ability to respond to threats and actions taken by people that wish to harm Californians and all Americans.”
“The Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base is the sole remaining military airfield in greater Los Angeles and Orange County area,” said Harman. “It is the largest Army airfield operated by the National Guard and is able to accommodate nearly every class of aircraft the used by the United States military today. It makes no sense to close it.”
“These bases are not only important for their military service, but also for their impact on local, regional and state economies. These bases are responsible for nearly 1,500 California jobs not to mention the business they bring to the communities surrounding them,” Harman continued. “The Orange County economy will suffer and our national security will be compromised without these bases.”
Senator Harman represents the communities of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Rossmoor, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and portions of Buena Park, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Westminster.
To learn more about Senator Harman, please visit his website at http://cssrc.us/web/35/.