Good News for Valdosta

Moody is safe.

Moody Air Force Base received BRAC Commission recommendations Tuesday in a 7-1 vote, with one recusal, to remain off the base closure list and stay with the original Department of Defense recommendations from May 13.

Those recommendations from the Base Realignment and Closure Commission include removing the Air Education and Training Command group and bringing in 48 A-10 aircraft, keeping Moody a combat search-and-rescue base.

Moody was on the table for the recommendation to receive the Naval Air Station in Oceana, Va., after the commission recommended closure of the base due to encroachment issues. The commission voted Tuesday to keep Moody an Air Force base and not receive the naval mission due to military costs, community support and geographical location.

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, said Moody remains a highly desirable base and the proposed Navy additions only strengthened the base%u2019s position as an asset to the Air Force.

“The Air Force did not want to disrupt the relationship … to let Moody go easily to the Navy,” Kingston said.