Lieutenant Gov. Timothy Murray welcomed Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Niki Tsongas to serve on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force during a meeting at the State House Wednesday.
Murray first established the Task Force in February 2012.
Murray then formed an Executive Committee to bring together key leaders in government and the private sector to discuss a plan 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 Murray. "As we continue to position Massachusetts' military assets to further protect jobs and investments related to each base, Sen. 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 Gov. 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 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, Sen. 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 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 only included stakeholders at the state level and in the private sector, though Murray frequently included Tsongas and recently elected Warren.
Tsongas, who serves on the U.S. House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee, joined 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.
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