RICHMOND - Virginia wants to be ready to defend Hampton Roads military installations if BRAC 2015 happens.
In Richmond Monday, the governor's Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities met for the first time.
Chairman John Harvey, retired Navy admiral and former commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, says the Commonwealth is going to do everything possible to be prepared.
In 2005, state leaders were caught by surprise when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission added NAS Oceana in Va. Beach to the realignment list, threatening more than 14,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in economic impact to the Hampton Roads region.
In the end, the base was spared; however, the group closed Fort Monroe in Hampton and moved personnel and many of its operations to Fort Eustis in Newport News.
We'll follow the story as members work on a strategy to keep BRAC at bay.