This info is a bit old, but worth talking about. A retired Air Force General, Floyd Newton, will take an open spot on the BRAC committee. He is from Connecticut. Previously, the panel didn't have anyone from the Northeast at all. This is a step in the right direction, but by no means guarantees the Groton base will stay open.
There are already several strikes against New England bases, including cold weather, a high cost of living and communities not seen as "military-friendly". Hopefully Newton will be able to counter some of that.
A Connecticut man. Interesting. President Bush certainly didn't have to pick someone from here. He could be feeling the need to shore up Republican support in the wake of the Schaivo mess and his diminishing Social Security numbers... A few months ago, the administration was acting like it didn't need Shays or Simmons. Maybe now they do.