We are all in this together

February 1, 2013

Last night, officials from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base and representatives from our local governments gathered for an annual “get-to-know-you” reception.Events like these serve to solidify the good working relationship enjoyed between the military and civilian sectors of our community. We are interdependent, and as government resources become more scarce, those relationships are an important key to our joint success.

A joint land use study is currently in the works in Camden County to determine how to maximize the use of the base and the land that surrounds it. Any recommendations will need the unilateral support of our military and our civilian leaders.

In the coming years, the Base Closure and Realignment Commission will convene to ex- amine our military facilities and make recommendations about which bases should close and where commands could be relocated. It is meant to keep costs low for our military, which will be even more critical due to significant defense budget cuts that are on the horizon.

These things present both challenges and opportunities for our community. While we need to protect our commands at Kings Bay, BRAC also presents the potential for additional commands to be transferred there.

The Camden Partnership, which sponsored the reception for elected officials and military leaders, has been an enduring proponent of Kings Bay and the need for a strong national defense.

Promoting good relationships between the key players is another way the organization is working to make Camden County an attractive place for the Navy to do business.

Sheila McNeill, President
The Camden Partnership