LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY WELCOMES SENATOR WARREN AND CONGRESSWOMAN TSONGAS TO JOIN THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE MILITARY ASSET AND SECURITY STRATEGY TASK FORCE
Task Force continues to expand partnerships across all levels of government and industry to promote Massachusetts’ military assets
BOSTON – Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – During a meeting at the State House yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray welcomed Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas to serve on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force.
After establishing the Task Force by Executive Order No. 541 in February 2012, Lieutenant Governor Murray formed an Executive Committee to bring together key leaders in government and the private sector to strategize on issues and implement goals of the Task Force. The Executive Committee focuses on protecting, promoting and enhancing the state’s six military bases by delivering resources to support workforce training, infrastructure improvements, environmental and utility savings, veterans’ services and military family support, housing and transportation at each base.
“The Task Force was created to work collaboratively across the public and private sector to support the state’s military bases,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray, Chairman of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. “As we continue to position Massachusetts’ military assets to further protect jobs and investments related to each base, Senator Warren and Congresswoman Tsongas’ representation brings another level of expertise and advocacy to the table. Both have been incredible to work with on this issue thus far, and I look forward to collaborating with them, the rest of our delegation and all our partners.”
“I’m pleased to join Lieutenant Governor Murray, Congresswoman Tsongas, and the other members of the Task Force’s Executive Committee to support Massachusetts’ military bases, our armed servicemen and women, and their families,” said Senator Warren. “The important defense work that goes on here in the Commonwealth is critical to our national security and to our state’s economy, and we must do our part to ensure our military bases have the support and resources they need. I look forward to working with other members of the task force, community stakeholders, and private sector partners in this effort.”
“I appreciate the Lieutenant Governor's initiative to create this Task Force and look forward to working with him, Senator Warren and all of the stakeholders on the Executive Committee as we continue to highlight the significance of our military installations and the talented people located here,” said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. “As the only Massachusetts Member on the House Armed Services Committee, I have seen firsthand the essential resources and cutting-edge technology the Commonwealth's military installations provide to the United States Armed Services. The high-caliber workforce, top-notch educational institutions and advanced technological companies that are unique to this region create an important synergy that strengthens our military.”
During its first year, the Executive Committee included only stakeholders at the state level and in the private sector, though Lieutenant Governor Murray and the Task Force frequently engaged members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation including Congresswoman Tsongas and recently elected Senator Warren.
The Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, the Executive Committee and members of the congressional delegation have also visited each base. Congresswoman Tsongas, who serves on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee, joined Lieutenant Governor Murray and the Task Force on visits to the U.S. Army’s Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Fort Devens and Hanscom Air Force Base in 2012, and the Massachusetts Military Reservation on Cape Cod earlier this year. The state’s two other bases include Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee and Barnes Air National Guard in Westfield.
Last year, the Task Force partnered with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute to release the state’s first comprehensive report on the jobs and economic impact of Massachusetts’ six military bases. The data indicates Massachusetts’ six military installations support more than 46,500 jobs and contributed more than $14.2 billion to the Commonwealth’s economy in 2011. Since these findings were released, the Task Force continues to collaborate with private sector partners and each base to 1) address infrastructure needs, 2) identify areas of mutual interest, 3) build community support, 4) fund energy audits to support cost-savings and greater efficiency and 5) explore options for new workforce development and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education programs.
Additional members of the Executive Committee of the Task Force include: Major General Scott Rice, Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard; Retired Brigadier General Don Quenneville, Executive Director of the Military Task Force; Marty Jones, President and CEO of MassDevelopment; Anne Marie Dowd, Executive Vice President for Legislative and Military Initiatives at MassDevelopment; Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan; Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources Mark Sylvia; Administrator Christopher Willenborg of MassDOT’s Aeronautics Division; Arthur Robert, Massachusetts Office of Business Development; and Charles Benway, Executive Vice President of the Defense Technology Initiative.
To learn more about the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, visit www.mass.gov/governor/military.