On May 13, 2005, the Pentagon recommended that the base be closed. Community leaders and state officials rallied to refute the data and the Base Realignment Commission voted to keep the base open on August 24, 2005. John Markowicz, at left, chairman of the Subase Realignment Coalition looks over a Pentagon report on military bases it recommended closing with State Rep. Betsy Ritter, of the 38th District, and State Sen. Andrea Stillman, at right, of the 20th District, who is also a member of the Coalition, moments before a news conference at the Radisson Hotel to announce the D.O.D.'s recommendation to close the Naval Submarine Base in Groton.
BOB MACDONNELL / The Hartford Courant
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