Public Can Help 186ARW

Citizens in Lauderdale County and surrounding areas are encouraged to display "guard Meridian-best for America" signs.

They are available at the EMBDC office, 1901 Front Street, in downtown Meridian at Meridian's Water Department on second floor of City Hall and at EMEPA, 2128 Highway 39 North in Meridian.

Most importantly, the community is urged to write directly to the BRAC commission.

"Meridian has made a big impression on BRAC commissions in the past with their support of the military by turning out at the parades and the events for the community. Since we're not having one this time, the value of those letters shows the number of people in Meridian that care about the military and support the military," said team leader Tom Williams. "It would be wonderful if there were a thousand letters sent to the BRAC Commission talking about the value of the 186th in our community, talking about the people and the talent that will be lost if they take those airplanes away, because a lot of the people are not going to move where the airplanes go."

Letters may be mailed to:
2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission
2521 S. Clark St., Ste.600
Arlington, VA 22202

Letters may be sent through the Internet at: www.brac.gov. Click on "Contact Us", type your message and then send it.

To contact the Commission by phone, please call (703) 699-2950. This is not a free call.

The team working to keep the 186th Air Refueling Wing of the Mississippi Air National Guard in place will attend a hearing in New Orleans July 12 to argue the case for keeping the unit.


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