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This Day in Georgia History

May 13, 2005

Pentagon Announced Closing of Four Georgia Bases

The Pentagon announced its recommendation of U.S. military base closures to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). The list included four bases in Georgia - Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Fort Gillem in Forest Park, the Naval Air Station in Marietta, and the Naval Supply Corps School in Athens. Subsequently, BRAC approved the Pentagon’s recommendations and in September 2005 sent its list to President Bush, who in turn approved the list and submitted it to Congress in November 2005. Congress had the opportunity to veto the entire list but instead approved the complete list of base closures. The Defense Department was then given until Sept. 15, 2011, to implement the base closures.