News 12 at 6 o'clock, Augusta 15, 2007
Augusta, GA---Newly elected congressman Paul Broun is a doctor by trade. He was right at home touring Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon, and later Fort Discovery. Broun's message was one of prosperity.
"I'm eager to go to work for this facility to try to not only maintain what we have here but to grow the facility," he said.
Congresman Broun is brand-new in Washington, and now some are questioning his support of a bill to review military bases slated for closure. "I'm not sure that I'm even going to support that bill, frankly," he told News 12.
Fort Gordon cleared the BRAC process back in 2005. But each year brings new challenges. Congressman Broun says Fort Gordon is safe. He goes on to say, "BRAC is over and done with. BRAC will not restart unless Congress passes a new BRAC commission. The commission is already gone. It expired in April 06."
"The election is over and I want all of us to come together," Broun went on. "I have no hard feelings against anybody or any entity, and I am eager just to serve."
As for the future of Fort Gordon. More than 12,500 soldiers sound off there each day. With a combined 6,500 civilians, close to 20, 000 people walk the grounds. This makes it the largest employer in the CSRA.
Colonel Jack Bryant, Chief of Staff at Fort Gordon is confident things will stay that way. "I have no concerns about anything about BRAC or anything that has to relate with that. We're here and we're here to stay," he said.