Sen. Johnny Isakson is using his seniority in the Senate to fight for Georgia’s military establishments. Isakson served in the Georgia Air National Guard and currently chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He is leading efforts to hold the VA accountable and secure Georgia’s military presence.
Daniel Malloy from the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes:
Perhaps the biggest vacuum left by Saxby Chambliss’ departure from the Georgia delegation was in military affairs.
This year for the first time since 1972, the state does not have a seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The state’s new senior senator is trying to mitigate that loss by bringing in Pentagon brass to meet with delegation members who have a hand in military matters and press the case for Georgia’s bases.
The goal: Keep Georgia’s bases essential, in preparation for the next time a Base Realignment and Closure commission rears its head.
Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson has been hosting top officials from all service branches – Georgia boasts Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines installations – to let them know the state’s priorities, while also showing an influence that extends beyond the Armed Services Committee.