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Military Enhancement Committee works to secure Beaufort Co. bases

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

The Military Enhancement Committee is continuing to work on securing Beaufort County bases. They are concerned about cuts that base commanders in the lowcountry are already considering. Col. Jack Snider, a former commander in Beaufort, currently heads up the Military Enhancement Committee dedicated to supporting Beaufort's bases and knows what they are going through.

"Those will be in the form of hiring freezes for civilians, reduced operating budgets, reduced maintenance budgets, reductions of contracts and any temporary employees will probably be let go," said Snider.

"It comes at an especially bad time because as you know the world is really not a very stable place right now. We are looking at an unstable world and a declining military. Those two don't go together very well," said John Payne, Ret. USMC, Military Enhancement Committee.

The cuts would affect not just the people serving in the military but civilians who work on bases and thousands more who provide services in town. Fewer troops means fewer families, so some business would have to cut back or close.

The group is ready to go to Washington and lobby lawmakers to solve the budget issues and keep the money coming to support the bases. They also ask that folks contact an elected representative and ask them to get to work on a budget to minimize or prevent cuts to the bases. 

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