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Gov. Patrick, Lt. Gov. Murray Host USAF Leadership to Talk Hanscom

The Nov. 14 meeting at the State House discussed the state's efforts to protect and promote Hanscom AFB, which faces the threat of a potential Base Realignment and Closure round.

The following announcement ws provided by the Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick.

Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray on Wednesday welcomed Lt. Gen. 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 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 the meeting by highlighting the ongoing work of the and illustrating Massachusetts’ competitive business, innovation, education, and workforce advantages. Patrick and 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, Murray briefed 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.

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 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.

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