On February 27, 2012 as Acting Governor, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray signed an Executive Order to create a Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. From 2012 through June 2013, the Task Force was chaired by the Lieutenant Governor and formalized the informal working group he led since 2011. The creation of the Task Force was a call for action to begin a long term initiative to support all military installations in Massachusetts in order to both collaborate with them and explore opportunities to bring in new missions. After the departure of Lieutenant. Governor Murray, Governor Deval Patrick, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Former U.S. Senator William “Mo” Cowan became the new leaders of the Task Force in July 2013.
This Task Force works among the military, along with state and quasi-public agencies, to complement the work of the Commonwealth’s federal delegation. The Task Force engages with industry, nonprofit, municipal officials, elected officials and community members surrounding each installation in order to enhance, expand, add or otherwise improve missions, programs, facilities and operations on or affecting the military installations in the Commonwealth. These partners include but are not restricted to: chambers of commerce, business associations, education officials, workforce development officials, municipal officials, elected officials and veteran and military family support agencies.
By partnering with all of these key partners the Task Force:
- Develops, coordinates and implements actions in the areas of workforce training, infrastructure improvements, environmental and utility savings, housing and transportation to support the missions and people at military installations in the Commonwealth;
- Identifies steps the Commonwealth can take to remedy problem areas before preliminary recommendations from the federal government are adopted and missions are implemented; and
- Advises the Governor and Executive and Legislative Branch officials regarding the ongoing efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense to close, realign, restructure, streamline or otherwise take action that would impact military installations located within the Commonwealth.
Since its creation, the Task Force has analyzed our military installations to determine where there are opportunities to fill vacant spaces, upgrade aging infrastructure, become more energy efficient, identify new missions and build partnerships to bring more jobs and economic development at and around each site.
Members of the Task Force include: The Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security; the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard; the Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard; the Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development; the Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development; the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs; the Secretary of the Executive Office of Education; the Secretary of Administration and Finance; the Secretary of the Department of Transportation; the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority; the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services; the President and Chief Executive Officer of MassDevelopment; One (1) member from the Massachusetts State Senate, recommended by the Senate President (Senator Michael Rush); and One (1) member from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, recommended by the Speaker of the House (Appointment Pending).
If you need more information about the Military Task Force and its activities, please contact:
Policy Advisor & Executive Director of the Military Task Force
Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick