Sen. Ed Harbison appointed to the Georgia Joint Defense Commission

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Sen. Ed Harbison (D), of Columbus, was recently appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to serve on the Georgia Joint Defense Commission.

Senator Harbison said he is honored to be appointed. 

“I am honored to be chosen to serve on the Georgia Joint Defense Commission,” said Sen. Harbison. “Our military installations are large sources of jobs and economic growth in Georgia, especially Fort Benning.”

The Georgia Joint Defense Commission will serve as a link between military establishments and the state government.

“Together we can figure out ways we can serve the interests of military installations, service members and their surrounding communities. Georgia has a long lineage of military excellence,” said Sen. Harbison.

The Georgia Joint Defense Commission was created by Senate Bill 395. Its main task is to advise the Governor and the General Assembly on defense and military issues within Georgia and nationally. This will be presented through an annual report due on December 1st. 

As a new addition, Sen. Harbison will also make recommendations in regards to military members, both active duty and veterans, design policies that ensure military installations and their communities have a positive, working relationship, and will create a plan in the event of base realignment and closures.

“I look forward to being part of a commission that supports this goal for years to come,” said Sen. Harbison. 

You can read more about the commission and its duties here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/395

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