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If military's Africa command is up for grabs, Tampa would go for it

If military's Africa command is up for grabs, Tampa would go for it

TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com)- Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he would lead the charge to bring a new military command to MacDill Air Force Base that could create more than 4,000 new jobs with an annual economic benefit of up to $450 million if such a move is possible.

“I absolutely would lead that effort,” he said, responding to questions from The Tribune about whether he would be interested in pursuing bringing U.S. Africa Command, a joint forces military command similar to U.S. Central Command, to MacDill.

The questions came in response to a report released by the Government Accountability Office Wednesday calling for the Pentagon to consider moving Africom, created in 2008 to oversee U.S. military operations in Africa, to the United States from Stuttgart, Germany, where it is now based. The move would save the Pentagon between $60 million and $70 million per year and “could create up to 4,300 additional jobs, with an annual impact ranging from $350 million to $450 million,” according to the report, citing a 2012 Department of Defense study into whether Africom should be moved.


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