29 April 2008

Governor Perdue Signs Executive Order Reappointing the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee

Governor Sonny Perdue signed an executive order reorganizing the Military Affairs Coordinating Committee (GMACC) and announcing that it will continue to serve as the state’s focal point for efforts to assist Georgia’s military facilities and communities impacted by the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC).

“Georgia’s military installations serve as cornerstones for the local economies of several Georgia communities and even entire regions of the state,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “The Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee will strive to ensure the continued economic strength and military viability of Georgia’s defense installations and activities while also coordinating the state’s assistance to communities impacted by the 2005 BRAC recommendation.”

The Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee was created in 1994, at the behest of Senator Sam Nunn, to help Georgia's bases deal with Base Realignment and Closure. The committee was reappointed in 2003 and 2005 by Governor Perdue. James R. “Jim” Balkcom, Jr. shall serve as the chairman of the committee.

The text of the Governor’s executive order is below:

Whereas: Georgia’s Military Affairs Coordinating Committee (the “Committee”) was reestablished by executive order on August 22, 2003; and

Whereas: The members of the Committee and its related Community Action Group Leaders have completed the part of their mission to prepare for the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (“2005 BRAC”) recommendations; and

Whereas: Georgia continues to need a statewide focal point for efforts to assist Georgia’s military facilities, to support communities impacted by the implementation of the 2005 BRAC, and to prepare for any future BRAC.

Now, therefore, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Georgia, it is hereby

Ordered: That Military Affairs Coordinating Committee will continue to serve as the State’s focal point for efforts to assist Georgia’s military facilities, to support communities impacted by the implementation of the 2005 BRAC, and to prepare for any future BRAC.

It is further

Ordered: That the following individuals are hereby appointed as members of the Committee, replacing all previous members of the Committee and its related Community Action Group Leaders:

James R. “Jim” Balkcom, Jr.
Civilian Aid, Secretary of the Army
78 Lindberg Drive NE
50 The Parkside
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

James A. “Micky” Blackwell, Jr.
311 Hardage Drive
Marietta, Georgia 30064

Brent C. Brown
Chairman, President & CEO, Chesley Brown Companies, Inc.
170 Nickajack Road
Mableton, Georgia 30126

Lieutenant General (Ret) Thomas N. Burnette, Jr.
32 Myrtlewood Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31405

Lieutenant General (Ret) Carmen J. Cavezza, Ph.D.
6301 Cape Cod Drive
Columbus, Georgia 31904

Major General (Ret) Richard N. “Rick” Goddard
213 Westbury Court
Warner Robins, Georgia 31088

George M. Israel III
President and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
233 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 2000, Harris Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

William H. “Bill” Linginfelter
1410 Wesley Walk NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327

James P. “Jim” McNary
242 Camden Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Sheila McNeil
Chairperson/President, Friends of Kings Bay Submarine Base
117 City Smitty Drive
Saint Marys, Georgia 31558

Thomas J. Ratcliffe, Jr.
Ratcliffe & Smith, P.C.
103 North Main Street
Hinesville, Georgia 31313

Major General (Ret) Rondal H. “Ron” Smith
216 Falcon Crest
Warner Robins, Georgia 31088

It is further

Ordered: That all such members of the Committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

It is further

Ordered: That James R. “Jim” Balkcom, Jr., shall serve as the Chairman of the Committee.

It is further

Ordered: That members of the Committee shall serve without compensation, except that each member may be reimbursed by the Committee for expenses incurred as a result of their duties as a Committee member.

Any inconsistent previous order is hereby rescinded.

This 29th day of April, 2008.




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Governor

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