Mississippi leaders to fight closing of any military bases

Another round of military base closings and realignments is expected in 2015, and Mississippi officials are working to protect the state’s installations.

Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday the state wants to protect the $2.6 billion economic impact the military has in Mississippi. There are 37,000 Mississippians employed in military jobs with a payroll of $1.7 billion.

Mississippi is home to four federal military bases, two Army National Guard installations, three Air National Guard units and 85 National Guard Readiness Centers.

Clarion Ledger