Governor Rendell Takes Next Step to Save Willow Grove

Advises Navy of Footprint HARRISBURG, Pa. , April 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today advised Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter that he believes the bulk of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow...

The community and the state joined in an effort to "save the base" at Willow Grove . That effort succeeded when Congress enacted legislation last May to provide for the Navy to transfer its property at Willow Grove to the Air Force to establish a joint interagency installation for use by the Pennsylvania National Guard, other Department of Defense components, government entities, and associated users to support national defense, homeland security and emergency preparedness missions. As a result of this legislation, the commonwealth agreed in principle to partner with the Air Force to make the joint installation a reality.

A copy of Governor Rendell's letter to Secretary Winter is available at A copy of the installation feasibility study prepared by L. Robert Kimball and Associates for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs may be obtained at

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Chuck Ardo


SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor