Despite being spared from the Pentagon's list of proposed base closures released in May, Moody Air Force Base's fate was briefly in question Tuesday. The base was one of about a dozen facilities discussed as possible additions to the closure list.

South Georgia, however, may breathe a sigh of relief again. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission opted to keep Moody open, cementing the decision with a 7-1 vote. All indications are that the base will expand.

BRAC's first recommendation for Moody involved bringing in A-10 Warthogs. Recent talks have centered on moving the Master Jet Base located at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., to Valdosta. It appears BRAC will move with its original recommendation for Moody involving the A-10s and keep it as an Air Force Base rather than bringing a Navy mission.

The constant in these plans is that Moody remains an important part of Pentagon planning. The BRAC Commission noted Tuesday that Moody has "more buildable acres" around it -- meaning the base has none of the encroachment issues that have threatened other facilities. The Commission's vote on Tuesday was certainly welcome, and it proves that this community's planning to protect Moody was successful.

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