Lt. Governor Brown Applauds Completion of First BRAC Building at Joint Base Andrews Naval Facility
Air National Guard Readiness Center opens
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 16, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on Base Realignment and Closure, today applauded the completion and opening of the Air National Guard Readiness Center (ANGRC) at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility (Andrews). The building, which will house the Air National Guard, is the first BRAC building to be completed on the base.
“This is an exciting time for the Andrews community, Prince George’s County and all of Maryland. BRAC is here. People are moving to Maryland and buildings are opening at installations across the state,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “Celebrations like this would not be possible without strong partnerships. I want to thank Joint Base Andrews leadership for their collaboration that has helped ensure we stay BRAC ready. I commend our federal partners, led by Senator Barbara Mikulski, who have fought tirelessly to protect Maryland’s fair share of federal dollars to prepare our infrastructure for BRAC.”
The ARNGC performs operational and technical functions to ensure combat readiness of Air Force National Guard units and is a channel of communication between the National Guard Bureau and the states on Air Force National Guard operational activities. Its mission is to “Secure the Homeland and Defend the Nation” during U.S. state emergencies, overseas and as the president calls for support. Recent activities include support in Afghanistan, Haiti, Hurricane Katrina and California Wildfires.
The new center will be occupied by more than 1,150 airmen and federal employees. The four-story complex will unite the existing Air National Guard Readiness Center at Andrews with the Air Guard Office in Arlington, Va., allowing all nine ANG directorates to work under one roof. The directorates serve the ANG’s day-to-day operation of 88 flying units and more than 200 geographically-separated units. It is among the first LEED-certified buildings on the Andrews campus. Clark Construction, a Bethesda company, served as prime contractor for the project.
BRAC will create as many as 60,000 new jobs across the state, including as many as 3,000 direct jobs at Andrews. Immediately after taking office, Governor O’Malley partnered with the General Assembly to create the BRAC Subcabinet and named Lt. Governor Brown chair. The Subcabinet leads the State’s efforts to prepare for BRAC and works closely with local and federal government partners, as well as the public and private sectors to ensure that the physical and workforce infrastructure is in place before the September 2011 BRAC deadline.
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