VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - WAVY.com has has learned the former BRAC Chairman, Anthony Principi, will advise the state of Florida for upcoming BRAC hearings.
In the 2005 BRAC hearings, NAS Oceana did not have a bigger enemy Principi.
During the 2005 hearings, Principi said, "There are currently 200 residential units set for development in the APZ around Oceana."
With just his word, Principi had the authority to put Oceana on the base hit list when it wasn't listed before.
It appears the state of Florida will hire Principi's consulting firm to advise them on how to win during the next BRAC hearings.
"So forewarned is forearmed," Retired Rear Admiral Craig Quigley told WAVY.com. Quigley is executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA), an organization which keeps its eyes on all things military.
Quigley said, "Principi has signed on to represent the state of Florida. Florida has shown it will go after Virginia facilities very aggressively."
Hampton Roads is now extensively prepared for the next BRAC, which has not yet been ordered by Congress.
The next round could come in 2013 and 2015. Quigley said, adding, "If we know that he is representing Florida, if there is another round of BRAC, then that shapes our thinking. We are not sitting back waiting for this...we are aggressively preparing for the BRAC."
A representative from The Spectrum Group , which is aligned with The Principi Group on some projects, admitted there's a deal, but no contract has been signed. The man would not identify himself, and soon hung up the phone.
"We are working collaboratively throughout the Commonwealth to get ourselves ready for a future round of BRAC," Quigley said.
There is no doubt Principi will bring up the recent jet crash in Virginia Beach . Principi repeatedly expressed his concerns about neighborhood encroachment at Oceana in 2005 During that hearing, NAS Oceana was nearly lost and may have been if city leaders in Jacksonville, Fla. had not voted against getting Oceana's jets at the last minute.
This time there is a coordinated effort in Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. to protect the military assets in Hampton Roads.
The arguments will show well documented evidence that Hampton Roads-based carriers and jets need to stay right here.
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