For Immediate Release - November 14, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY HOST AIR FORCE LT. GENERAL C.D. MOORE AND HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE LEADERSHIP AT THE STATE HOUSE

Hanscom Air Force Base Discussion
Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray host a meeting with Lieutenant General C.D. Moore of the United States Air Force. (Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office) View additional photos

BOSTON – Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today welcomed Lieutenant General C.D. Moore of the United States Air Force to the Massachusetts State House to discuss the importance of Hanscom Air Force Base, including the state’s effort to promote and support the strategic location, national security mission, and economic impact of the base. 

“Our military bases offer incredible assets, fuel our economy and are an important piece of our national security,” said Governor Patrick. “We appreciate Lt. General Moore’s visit to Massachusetts as we work in partnership with Air Force leadership to strengthen and invest in Hanscom Air Force Base.”

“Governor Patrick and I welcome the opportunity to meet with Lieutenant General Moore as we continue to collaborate with Hanscom Air Force Base and explore opportunities to lead new innovative missions at the base,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray, chair of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. “Massachusetts is a leader in innovation and home to a world-class education system capable of helping Hanscom remain competitive in serving our country.”

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor expressed the Commonwealth’s commitment to Hanscom during today’s meeting by highlighting the ongoing work of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, and illustrating Massachusetts’ competitive business, innovation, education, and workforce advantages. Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray were joined by senior leaders from Hanscom Air Force Base, members of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s cabinet and state agencies, the Massachusetts National Guard, MassDevelopment, and the Defense Technology Initiative.

As chair of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, Lieutenant Governor Murray briefed Lieutenant General Moore and Hanscom leadership on the work of the Military Mission, Operations, Opportunities and Efficiencies Subcommittee of the Task Force. Since it was established earlier this year, this subcommittee has met multiple times with Hanscom leadership to offer the governmental expertise and assistance in identifying opportunities to strengthen energy efficiency, operations, utility costs, cyber security, and Information Technology on the base.

Lieutenant General Moore commands the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, headquartered at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center oversees Hanscom Air Force Base and its 66th Air Base Group with Hanscom Air Force Base leadership reporting to Lieutenant General Moore. 

"I very much appreciated the opportunity to meet with Governor Patrick, Lt. Governor Murray and other state and area leaders and to hear about the work they've been doing to support military installations in Massachusetts and specifically Hanscom AFB,” said Lt. General Moore. “I look forward to continuous collaboration aimed at helping us more effectively meet our national security challenges."

Hanscom Air Force Base, the only active duty Air Force base in New England, is an 846-acre base located in Bedford, Lexington, and Lincoln and bordering Concord. At the base, a mix of active-duty military, civilian, and contractor employees develop and acquire sophisticated radar, cyber, and information technology-based systems that provide critical battlefield situational awareness to U.S. warfighters. Hanscom’s mission has expanded this fall with the Massachusetts Air and National Guard headquarters relocating their operations to the base. 

Hanscom and Massachusetts’ five other military installations provide rapid response to local, domestic and international security missions. The bases also assist with natural disasters including Hurricane Sandy and the tornadoes that swept through western and central Massachusetts last year. The bases serve as training posts, air bases and contracting centers for the Commonwealth, and the nation as a whole.

About the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force

Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray have committed to supporting Massachusetts’ military bases. In February 2012, with the support of Governor Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Murray signed Executive Order #541 creating the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. As chair of the Task Force, Lieutenant Governor Murray and Task Force members lead meetings including tours, roundtable discussions and committee meetings in support of the state’s six military bases.

Earlier this year, Lieutenant Governor Murray tasked MassDevelopment to collaborate with the UMass Donahue Institute and assess the economic benefits of Massachusetts’ six military installations including: Westover Air Reserve Base; Barnes Air National Guard Base; the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Systems Center; Fort Devens; Hanscom Air Force Base; and the Massachusetts Military Reservation. The report found that more than 46,500 jobs directly and indirectly are related to our installations that have an estimated economic impact of more than $14.2 billion to Massachusetts. At Hanscom Air Force Base, there are more than 3,600 direct and 14,500 indirect jobs for a total of more than 18,000 jobs. The economic impact in 2011 from Hanscom Air Force Base was $8.44 billion to the Commonwealth’s economy.

To learn more about the Task Force, please visit: www.mass.gov/governor/militarytaskforce.

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