McDonnell meets with Defense Department

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia's political leaders are heading to Washington, D.C. Tuesday to press the military over plans to close the Joint Forces Command in Hampton Roads.

Governor. Bob McDonnell will meet privately with Defense Department leaders -- at the same time the Senate committee on armed services will conduct a hearing on the closing.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the closing of the Joint Military Command in August.

Virginia leaders have been asking for answers ever since.

The command employs nearly 6,000 at its headquarters in Norfolk and generates nearly $1 billion in spending each year.

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