Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cleland: An `Unstable World' Senator Visits Sub Base, Brunswick over 2 Days

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cleland: An `Unstable World' Senator Visits Sub Base, Brunswick over 2 Days

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Max Cleland has made hundreds of visits to South Georgia -- but

his two-day swing through the area was special to those who

greeted him in Camden, Glynn and Ware counties Tuesday and

yesterday.

Cleland's visit, his first in the area since his election to

the U.S. Senate in November, was a combination fact-finding

mission and information-gathering session to determine the

sentiments of constituents on key issues.

Cleland, D-Ga., began his whirlwind tour of the area in

Kingsland on Tuesday night when he met with elected officials,

business leaders and Navy personnel from Kings Bay Naval

Submarine Base.

Cleland mingled with the crowd and was on a first-name basis

with St. Marys Mayor Jerry Brandon, former Kingsland Mayor

Robert Edenfield, Georgia's Navy League President Sheila McNeill

and many others.

Near the end of the reception held at the Holiday Inn in

Kingsland, Cleland thanked the audience for its warm welcome and

described his appointment to the Senate Armed Services Committee

as "an important position" -- especially since Georgia has 12

military bases and 700,000 veterans.

"I'm just delighted to follow in the footsteps of other

Georgians such as [former U.S. Sens.] Sam Nunn and Dick

Russell," Cleland said. "The world may be a less dangerous

place," he said, "but it is a less certain place."

Cleland, who in 1967 lost both legs and his right arm in a

grenade explosion while serving as an Army captain in Vietnam,

was appointed by Jimmy Carter to serve as head of the Veterans

Administration in 1977. In 1982, he became the youngest Georgia

secretary of state ever elected and served in that position

until his election to the U.S. Senate.

While touring Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base yesterday morning,

Cleland discussed matters of national security during a

classified briefing with base officials, said Rear Adm. Charles

Beers, commander of Submarine Group 10.

Midway through the base tour, Cleland presented Navy/Marine

Corps Achievement Medals to seven sailors and swore in another

sailor during a brief re-enlistment ceremony.

"We're very fortunate to have people like this who dedicate

their lives and their careers to the rest of us," Cleland said

before swearing in Senior Chief Petty Officer Terry Powell.

After Cleland completed his tour of Kings Bay, he was driven to

Brunswick, where he addressed and mixed informally with members

and guests of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.

Woody Woodside, the chamber's president, said Cleland has

always made himself accessible to area residents during the 20

years he's known him.

"Over the years he's maintained a good relationship with his

constituents," Woodside said after the meeting. …

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