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Military leaders tour Pendleton base targeted for cuts

SUGAR GROVE, W.Va. -- Senior leaders from the Army, Navy, Air Force and West Virginia National Guard are looking at a remote West Virginia military base as the state's congressional delegation courts potential tenants.

Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., arranged a tour Friday in hopes of finding a new military mission for the high-tech communications site in Pendleton County.

The Navy has had a presence in Sugar Grove since 1955. It has been home to the National Information Operations Command and has employed 330 people.

More than one-third of the students at Brandywine Elementary have a relative working there, and the senators say the facility is a source of well-paying jobs. But last summer, the National Security Agency announced plans to downsize its mission in an agency-wide realignment of personnel and resources.


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