JOINT BASE CAPE COD, Mass. –
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) met Friday with commanders from multiple tenant commands of this sprawling, newly designated military installation to learn more about each command’s unique capabilities, their relationship with the local community, and their connection with the vast resources of Massachusetts.
It was the senator’s first visit to the base since the installation was renamed from the Massachusetts Military Reservation to Joint Base Cape Cod in July of 2013.
“I want to get as well-informed as possible of our capabilities,” said Warren during her sit meeting with the commanders. “I want to understand why we (military) are vital and why we are cost effective.”
Representatives from Otis Air National Guard Base’s 102nd Intelligence Wing, Camp Edwards, United States Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, and Cape Cod Air Force Station’s 6th Space Warning Squadron briefed the senator on their command’s mission and explained how their relationship with the state is critical to the completion of their mission. For example, many of the commanders noted that much of the cutting-edge technology used in their day-to-day business originates in the laboratories of Massachusetts’ many universities.
“It’s fantastic that the senator was able to visit with us today,” said Lt. Col. Z. Walter Jackim, 6th Space Warning Squadron Commander. “It gives us an opportunity to present our mission, so the senator can understand why it’s vital we are located at Cape Cod.”
“It’s her first opportunity to visit since we were renamed to Joint Base Cape Cod,” said Cmdr. David Ehlers, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. “It was a great chance to tell her what we are about.”
Following the commanders’ presentations, Warren toured the joint base to get a first-hand glimpse of the multiple resources the National Guard houses here.
“The better I understand what we do and how we do it, the better I can represent in Washington,” Warren said. “I want to make sure they hear our story as accurately as possible.”
Warren is the first female senator from Massachusetts and serves on the Senate Special Committee on Aging; the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.