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Task Force Takes Steps to Save Military Bases Around Ohio

photo of Col. Cassie Barlow
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Former Col. Cassie Barlow says the task force wants to establish a state office for military affairs, along with funding for it.

A statewide committee that’s been looking at military base realignment during the past year has made some recommendations.

The task force wants to work to make sure military bases in Ohio don’t end up on the chopping block  if the federal government decides to downsize. Retired Wright Patterson Air Force Base commander, Col. Cassie Barlow, says the group came up with two recommendations.

“To create a state-level office of government and military affairs, independently reporting to the governor’s office. And second, to create a funding line in the state budget to support this office in their work,” she said.

Barlow says other states have such an office and find it helpful in keeping bases open. Military bases in Ohio have a collective payroll of more than $5 billion and provide more than 60,000 federal jobs.