Posted: Aug 12, 2011 9:26 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans' oldest Navy base is formally closing, ending a 110-year presence in the city.
Friday's ceremony is at the new national headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve, next to the public-private partnership called Federal City - formerly Naval Support Activity New Orleans.
About 1,100 Marines and 275 civilians are at work there, and contracts are being negotiated for stores in a public area to open Sept. 15.
On Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Steven A. Hummer took command of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, which moved last month from offices on the city's east bank.
Hummer, a 40-year veteran of the Marine Corps, had previously been chief of staff to the Pentagon team set up to implement repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.