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Feature USS Georgia Returns to Service Georgia Flag to be Presented After Travel to All 159 Georgia Counties he support of every county commissioner in Georgia is requested as we welcome the U.S. Navy submarine at its new homeport at Naval Station Kings Bay, Georgia. USS Georgia has been undergoing a conversion that will transform it from ballistic missile submarine to a guided missile submarine with a new multipurpose mission capability. A formal Return to Service (RTS) Ceremony is scheduled for March 28 at Naval Station Kings Bay. As part of the RTS Ceremony, Governor Sonny Purdue will present a Georgia Flag to be permanently displayed aboard the submarine. This will not be an ordinary flag. To make it special, the USS Georgia RTS Committee, and the Atlanta Metropolitan Council of the Navy League of the United States are sponsoring a project to have the flag travel through each of the 159 counties in Georgia. Each county commissioner will have an opportunity to share in a statewide effort to ensure the sailors and their families know we welcome them to Georgia, T and we appreciate their service in the defense of our country. As the Georgia Flag makes its way through each county, you will be asked to acknowledge its presence by signing a page in the Logbook. A full page in the Logbook will be provided for each county to make any appropriate entries, and include additional signatures as desired. The Logbook will be presented with the Georgia Flag, for permanent display aboard USS Georgia. If you desire, a County Proclamation can also be attached in addition to the formal entry on a page in the Logbook. Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) will also prepare a Proclamation on behalf of all Georgia counties. This is an ambitious undertaking that requires a tight schedule to get the flag through every county prior to March 28. The flag will be transported by a combination of means. As many counties as possible will be visited by Navy League members who will present the flag and accept the Logbook entries signed by county officials. Where feasible, U.S. Navy uniformed personnel will be present for a short informal presentation ceremony, and in some cases, there will be an opportunity to include local media coverage. In some counties, delivery of the flag and Logbook pages may be though the donated services of United Parcel Service (UPS). The package will contain concise instructions and a blank page from the loose-leaf logbook. Please ensure you complete the logbook entries and prepare the UPS flag package that same day for forwarding to the next county. This should be done early enough to meet the UPS mailing time deadline for the day in your location. A planned schedule and more details will be provided by e-mail. Please let us know who will be your point of contact for communications and coordination of this Georgia Flag project. The Navy League point of contact is Don Giles, (770) 509-3772; Our ACCG point of contact is ACCG Assistant Director for County Services Michael Stewart. ■ Thank you for helping to make this a smooth and successful project. It is a unique and wonderful way for every citizen in Georgia to “Welcome Home” the state’s namesake U.S. Navy submarine, USS Georgia (SSGN 729). HOFSTADTER & ASSOCIATES, INC. CIVIL / ENVIRONMENTAL / TRANSPORTATION CONSULTING ENGINEERS 4571 Arkwright Road (478) 757-1169 Macon, GA 31210 Fax (478) 471-1646 1 APAC Industrial Way, Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 731-5230 N Fax (706) 731-8620 East Region Riverwatch Plant (706) 731-8616 N Dogwood Plant (706) 210-1082 Millen Plant (478) 982-4977 N Statesboro Plant (912) 681-2992 Supplying Quality Asphalt Products to Georgia Counties Since 1955 333379_Reeves.indd 1 FEBRUARY 2008 43 10/22/07 4:07:29 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - February 2008

Georgia County Government - February 2008
President's Message
County Matters
Regional Focus on the Georgia Mountains: Rabun, Habersham and Stephens Counties
DNR Commissioner Noel Holcomb
Solid Waste Management in Georgia: New Challenges Ahead
Essential Elements of Negotiating Professional Service Firm Contracts
The Walker County Courthouse at LaFayette
Extension News: Partnerships are Key to Conservation Education
Research Corner: Interns: An Asset to Every County
NACo News: Counties and Climate Change FAQs
Georgia Flag to Travel to All 159 Georgia Counties
State Announces Regional Recycling Hub Grant Awards
Abraham Joins ACCG Support Staff
County Parade
ACCG Launches e-Magazine
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - February 2008