BRAC Hearing

Senator Richard Shelby
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Members of Alabama's Congressional delegation and Gov. Bob Riley will be in Atlanta this week to attend regional hearings by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby will lead the delegation. He will be joined by Sen. Jeff Sessions, Congressmen Bud Cramer, Spencer Bachus, Mike Rogers and Terry Everett.

Each Congressman represents a military community in Alabama.

The delegation hopes to persuade the panel to keep the Air Force technology service at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery. The commission has proposed moving the service to a base near Boston.

Delegates also hope to make a case to keep nine aerial tanker aircraft assigned to the 117th Air Refueling Wing in Birmingham. The Defense Department wants to move the planes to other Air National Guard bases.

Shelby, in a statement Monday, said the BRAC committee recognized the role of Alabama's military installations by keeping them off the closure list.