HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia Senator Mark Warner told WAVY News 10 Friday that approximately 2000 jobs currently at the Norfolk-based Joint Forces Command will stay in Hampton Roads after the command is closed.
Warner said most are in the modeling and simulation industry.
"The good news is we're going to keep north of 50 percent of the jobs in Virginia," said Warner. "The bad news, there are going to be a lot of families that will be affected. The sooner we can get out how long that transition will take, the better."
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced last August his recommendation to close Joint Forces Command (JFCOM). On Thursday, President Obama accepted that recommendation.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, along with Warner, met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates last November to state their case for keeping, if not all, at least a portion of JFCOM's functions in Hampton Roads.
"I think that we have made a solid business case to the DOD that there were critical functions in JFCOM that needed to be maintained and the fact that we started in August that they were going to get rid of all 4000 jobs, and now we're north of 50 per cent of those jobs being maintained, I think we made that business case," said Warner.
While no timeline for JFCOM's closure, or specific job cuts, has been announced, Warner believes that information will be coming soon.
"I think you're going to see that over the next few weeks," he said. " Again one of the reasons why it was so unfortunate the White House sent this news out yesterday, while expected, if you read that news in isolation without understanding all of the other things going on, a lot of families are going to have a sleepless weekend and that's not fair to those families."
Warner said Virginia lawmakers will continue their fight on another military front potentially impacting jobs in Hampton Roads - the Navy's desire to move a Norfolk-based carrier to Florida.
"We're going to continue to fight to move that aircraft carrier down to Florida, and I think our case is strengthened, at this point, that if your trying to save money, to spend a billion dollars in Florida as a backup for Norfolk makes no sense at all, and we're going to try to press that case as well."
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