Pennsylvania Holds Inaugural Meeting of Base Support Commission

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The 17-member Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission held its first meeting last week with the primary aim of protecting and promoting the state’s installations ahead of a future BRAC.“I am looking forward to working with my legislative colleagues as well as with economic development professionals and other volunteers on the commission to focus our efforts and activities that will protect and enhance the military value of our defense installations in serving our warfighters,” said state Sen. John Blake (D), a member of the commission who represents a district that includes Tobyhanna Army Depot.“We are aware that BRAC discussions will occur in Washington, D.C., in the years ahead. We need to work now to ensure Pennsylvania installations and Pennsylvania workers are not endangered by future BRAC decisions,” Blake said, reported the Pocono Record.The state legislature formally established the commission last year under the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The law establishing the commission assigned it multiple duties:establish long-term relationships with the state’s military installations and organizations;advocate at the local, state and federal levels for the enhancement of its installations;provide advice on the expansion of economic development opportunities and defense-related industry organizations;monitor federal activities affecting the state’s military facilities;engage stakeholders at the local, state and federal levels on the preservation of installations; andidentify sources of funding for economic development projects related to military installations.In addition to Tobyhanna Army Depot, the commonwealth’s installations include the Naval Support Activity and the Navy Yard in Philadelphia; the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard in Fort Indiantown Gap; the Defense Distribution Center in New Cumberland; Naval Support Activity in Mechanicsburg; Carlisle Barracks and the Army War College; Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg; and the 911th Airlift Wing and 316th Sustainment Command in Moon.last_img

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