The governor made the remarks during a swing through our area Friday. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue publicly renewed his commitment to Georgia's military bases Friday during a visit to Moody Air Force Base.
"We want to do everything as a state, to enhance your mission, to enhance the morale of your of your troops, and to do things to enhance your mission of national defense," said Gov. Perdue.
During his brief visit, Gov. Perdue got a firsthand tour of a HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter. The governor even got a chance to grab hold of one of the copters large guns.
"It’s always good to show him the guns, everybody loves to look at the weapons," Airman Darel Shelton said.
After his base tour, the governor said he thought the base should be home to more programs and missions.
"We've got other capacity here at Moody that could be utilized. We want to see Moody grow, rather than other potential threats to close," said Gov. Perdue.
Leaders from Valdosta say it’s an asset for south Georgia to have the governor looking out for military bases, including Moody.
"He cares a lot about Lowndes County, and south Georgia, and care obviously, now as we see, to come to Moody Air Force Base & the community surrounding it, and the entire military mission here," said Valdosta Mayor John Fretti.
Perdue says enhancing services outside the base, so troops will spread the word that Georgia bases, including Moody, should remain open.
Gov. Perdue also visited Thomasville Friday, where he focused on the need to curb state spending.