Amid continuing concerns of U.S. military Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC), U.S. Army veteran and state Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) announced today he will serve as the lone Democratic legislator on the newly-created Ohio BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force.

“Military infrastructure isn’t just critical to national defense, but also to economic development, innovation and jobs in our state,” said Craig. “I am glad to be a part of this forward-looking, cooperative effort to insulate our state from missing out on new defense opportunities.”

The task force will study existing Department of Defense (DOD) and NASA assets, missions and resources to understand how the Buckeye State can stay ahead of the curve when it comes to DOD realignments and closures.

The group is comprised of lawmakers, public sector staff, lobbyists and retired military leaders familiar with the BRAC process. They will hold meetings with leadership at nine major military and NASA installations across Ohio from Sept. to Nov.

The task force is required to issue a final report of recommendations by March 2018 to help Ohio better navigate the BRAC process.

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