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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray joined the Washington Congressional delegation in sending a report to Secretary Rumsfeld. The report details the military value of Washington’s military installations.

The complete text of the letter appears below:

February 23, 2005



Donald Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
Department of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20230



Dear Secretary Rumsfeld:



As members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation we would like to share with you this report on the military value of the military installations in Washington state. This paper was compiled by our offices and should serve as our joint message of support for the United States military and for those who serve in our home state.



Washington state soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are our national treasure. They are serving bravely in Iraq and Afghanistan and have recently played a central role with tsunami relief in the South Pacific. We are proud of those who serve, and we are proud of the unique network of capable installations that Washington state houses for those who serve.

As you will see, Washington state is a great home for our men and women now and in the future. Please take our thoughts under consideration as you make decisions regarding the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process. We look forward to working with you in the future on these issues.



Sincerely,



Patty Murray
Maria Cantwell
Norm Dicks
Jim McDermott
Doc Hastings
Jay Inslee
Adam Smith
Brian Baird
Rick Larsen
Cathy McMorris
Dave Reichert


cc: Mr. Phil Grone, Undersecretary of Defense, Installations and Environment