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A member of a military base closing review panel said the Department of Defense needs to explain how money is to be saved under its proposal to move computer systems management from Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base to a Massachusetts base.

Retired Admiral Harold Gehman said the Pentagon believes shifting the Maxwell program and others to Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts will provide, "a better product."

Gehman spoke to reporters Thursday after touring the Maxwell-Gunter operation and met with Gov. Bob Riley, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions and Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright.

Riley characterized the meeting with Gehman as a frank and open discussion. Sessions said the military significance of each base would be the biggest factor for the commission.

Under the recommendations, Maxwell would lose overall 1,251 jobs, 740 military and 511 civilian.

The commission members' observations on Maxwell-Gunter will be discussed publicly at a BRAC regional hearing June 30 in Atlanta.