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Lt. Gov. Murray signs executive order creating task force to protect Massachusetts military installations 
U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Jeremiah J. Clark, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs  
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray 
BOSTONLt. Gov. Timothy Murray of Massachusetts, signedan executive order officially creating the Commonwealth’s Military Asset and Security Task Force, here, Feb. 27.  The task force will recognize goals and strategies that will protect current military presence from Defense Department budget reductions as well as protect civilian jobs and prevent harsh economic impact on the commonwealth.

“Massachusetts’ defense and aerospace industries generate more than 120,000 jobs, fueling local and regional economies across the Commonwealth," Murray said. “In working with our congressional delegation and this formalized Task Force, Massachusetts is ready to fight for the jobs and missions at our military base facilities which provide significant value to our economy as well as our national defense strategy.”

“I am grateful for the leadership position that Lt. Gov. Murray has taken to preserve the presence of the United States military in the commonwealth,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard. “I am looking forward to working with my colleague, Maj. Gen. Scott Rice, commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, to ensure that the Massachusetts National Guard remains in the future as it is today: a strong, ready and relevant force of Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen who contribute to the life and vitality of the commonwealth and the defense or our nation.”    

Since 2007, Lt. Gov. Murray has led the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services and the executive order establishing the “Commonwealth’s Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force” builds on the Administration’s commitment to the Massachusetts veterans’ community, our regional economies and the state’s defense industry.

Brig. Gen. Gary Keefe

BOSTON – Brig. Gen. Gary Keefe, Assistant Adjutant General, Massachusetts Air National Guard, thanks Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray for the support he has given to the Massachusetts National Guard, here, Feb. 27. Murray created a task force to review military assets and security in Massachusetts and prepare strategies that will protect Massachusetts National Guard units, as well as Reserve units and facilities from possible Defense Department budget cuts.