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Sen. Isakson optimistic about future of Ga. base

Photo by Jennifer Milton

Photo by Jennifer Milton

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is expressing optimism about the future of Robins Air Force Base, which faces the prospect of hundreds of job cuts as the nation's military is realigned.

The Georgia Republican said Wednesday that he's fairly confident there will be no Base Closure and Realignment Commission in 2013 by the federal government. He added that if there is one in 2015, Robins' job is too important to face closure.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that Isakson made the comments at a Rotary Club meeting.

Isakson praised the leadership of Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins, and said the base was operated efficiently and has a strong safety record.

Isakson said "we don't close bases that are doing the job."