Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray Wednesday 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, according to the governor's office.
Topics discussed included 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," Gov. Patrick said in a press release. "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."
"Gov. Patrick and I welcome the opportunity to meet with Lt. General Moore as we continue to collaborate with Hanscom Air Force Base and explore opportunities to lead new innovative missions at the base," said Lt. Gov. 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."
Patrick and Murray expressed the Commonwealth's commitment to Hanscom during Wednesday's meeting, the press release said, by highlighting the ongoing work of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, and illustrating Masachusetts' competitive business, innovation, education, and workforce advantages.
According to the press release, Patrick and Murray were joined by senior leaders from Hanscom Air Force Base, members of the Patrick's and Murray's cabinet and state agencies, The Massachusetts National Guard, MassDevelopment, and the Defense Technologies Initiative.
Murray briefed Lt. 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, the subcommittee has met multiple times with Hanscom leadership to offer expertise and assistance in identifying opportunities to strengthen energy efficiency, operations, utility costs, cyber security, and Information Technology on the base.
Lt. 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 Lt. 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,” Lt. General Moore said in the press release. “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.
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.
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