April 25, 2013

Manchin Continues to Work with Navy to Find New Mission at Sugar Grove

In Armed Services Committee Hearing, Manchin secures commitment from Navy leadership to help find a new mission for Sugar Grove

Washington, D.C. – In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) secured a commitment from the Navy to work together to find a new mission for Sugar Grove. The Navy’s top leadership agreed to visit the base with Senator Manchin and Senator Rockefeller in the near future to help find a new tenant.
“Sugar Grove is a world-class facility that has played a crucial role in our national security over the past 50 years, especially in our fight against terrorism. Although the mission at Sugar Grove is changing, the facility and its capabilities are not going away. I am encouraged by our Navy officials’ commitment to visit Sugar Grove and help us find a tenant that will continue to ensure our national security.”
Please click on the video link to view a portion of Senator Manchin’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmM6BZek91A
• Sugar Grove jobs provide good-paying wages and benefits, which greatly improve the lives of West Virginians in Pendleton County and the surrounding areas.
• Sugar Grove base significantly contributes to local emergency services, especially firefighting services and emergency medical aid in the region.
• The impact Sugar Grove has on local schools is of great consequence. For example, the most recent data shows that of the 140 students at nearby Brandywine Elementary School, 51 are connected to the base.