Tuesday, June 05, 2007

City Manager To Be Honored

City Manager To Be Honored
By Ian Thompson

FAIRFIELD - The Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee will present Fairfield City Manager Kevin O'Rourke with a resolution tonight commending him for his work with the committee.

O'Rourke is being recognized for his role in creating the Travis Community Consortium that lobbied Congress and the Pentagon to keep Travis Air Force Base off the recent round of base closures.

"He has done good work in helping lead the charge to support Travis," said the committee's chairman, Foy McNaughton. "This is a way of saying thank you for getting the message out that Travis is important."

At its height, the consortium represented every Solano County city as well as business groups and the Solano County supervisors in its lobbying efforts to improve the base's viability.

Those efforts included such issues as obtaining land south of the base for an assault training air strip, increasing the off-base housing allowance for military members and getting C-17 Globemaster jet transports assigned to the base.

McNaughton is the president and CEO of McNaughton Newspapers, which owns the Daily Republic. He will present the resolution to O'Rourke and a copy of Air Mobility Command's Distinguished Citizen Award to the city council for its role in helping the committee get the award.

The committee has been working with Travis for 10 years to promote the base within the community and lobby to support Travis' missions.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net

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