Kings Bay impacts Camden County


May 22, 2013

This is a momentous week for Camden County. We are celebrating 35 years that Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base has been in our community.

What an impact that base and the military, civilian and contracted employees have had on our community.

Those who work at Kings Bay shop in our stores, patronize our medical services, eat in our restaurants and worship in our churches. They are a very large part of our community. The number of volunteer hours our military donates to our churches, schools and various nonprofits is impressive.

On a recent radio talk show in Glynn County someone called in and asked the host, “What is Camden County putting in their water?” He was referring to the high test scores that were recently released from the Camden County school system.

Another caller said he had the solution: “The Navy base. Those parents are involved and that’s what it takes.”

A state official said to me this past week that many districts have to apologize for their school systems but ours is a positive factor in promoting our community.

The citizens of this country receive a significant return on America’s investment in our submarine force. We have one of the best examples of that significant return with our boats at Kings Bay — our ballistic- and guided-missile submarines.

We sleep safely and pursue our dreams and see our families’ every day while they stand the watch and protect us. We also appreciate the efforts and contributions of our civilian employees and our defense contractors and the part they play in our nation’s defense and in the economic impact of our community.

Through the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee, our state is constantly improving our support of our military. Two new bills have been approved in the legislature in the past year that will positively impact our military families.

The chamber’s annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast held recently had included in its program special recognition for our military. I had the opportunity to speak about Kings Bay and its impact. I shared with them the pride that our community has in the role that our military has in national security. I talked of the power in economic development that brings to our community ($706,900,000.00 in goods and payroll) and I talked about the partnership we have with our military and community making it a great place to live and work.

Each of the attendees was given the opportunity to thank our sailors, Marines, and Coasties in post cards that were provided. I would like to share some of those comments:

"As an educator in Camden County for 20-plus years it has been a pleasure to teach your children. Please promote strengthening educational and resource partnerships for all our Camden County children."

“Our non-military/civilian students learn from your expertise and our military students are benefitted by living in a community that cares about families. Thank you for your military service and sacrifice and/or your civil service/contractor support for our community.”

“A thank you cannot even begin to express the gratitude felt towards those of you in the military. We are so blessed to have people like you to care about our freedom and well-being. God bless!”

“Thanks for your contributions to our community and to our country. The time away from your family does not go unnoticed. We appreciate all that you do! God bless you and your family. On behalf of myself and my entire family, thank you for your selfless commitment to protecting and securing this great nation of ours. Your sacrifice and honor are a true inspiration to us all.”

“Thank you for your service to the greatest country on earth!”

“Just wanted to give a special shout out to sub base employees for all of your hard work and faithfulness.”

“Our county is a much safer (and peaceful) place because of your efforts.”

“May the Lord continue to bless all of the men and women for their collective efforts. High five to the team of contractors, military, civil service employees.”

“May you find favor, strength, guidance, peace from above. Thank you for all you do for this country.”

“Thank you, Kings Bay, for keeping us safe.”

“Thank you so much for your service to our county, community and world. You will never truly know the impact and positive influence you have on all of us. We are eternally grateful. I can’t say thank you enough.”

“Thank you for dedicating your life and yourself to keeping this country safe. The work that is performed on base provides a tremendous service.”

“Thank you for your dedication and support in keeping our country and our community safe. Without your attention to the details that must be accomplished properly and thoroughly this submarine base would not be as successful as it is.”

“Thank you for the service that you provide to this community and country. Because of what you do, millions sleep well at night with minimal worries. I am sure that you have your moments and want to throw in the towel. Maintain the course, hold your head up high and get-r-done. We are depending on you.”

“Thank you for all you do. You offer a stimulus to a small town that otherwise wouldn’t get it. Your time and your efforts are appreciated. You are a leader in environment. Thank you to all the brave men and women who sacrifice so much for our country and to protect us. We care. We know you are there. Stand strong and God bless.”

“We are so proud of you for what you do for our country. We are grateful for the positive impact you bring to our community. We cannot thank you enough. We know our lives and community are enriched because of you. Thank you so much.”

Thank you, Kings Bay, for being a part of our community.

Sheila McNeill, President
The Camden Partnership