MEDIA ADVISORY Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, DBED Secretary Mike Gill, and installation commanders to address Maryland Military Installation Council

BALTIMORE, MD (September 24, 2015) – The Maryland Military Installation Council (MMIC) will feature Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, DBED Secretary Mike Gill, and commanders of Maryland’s military installations at the MMIC’s meeting on Friday, September 25.

During the meeting, Major General Sarah Zabel, vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and Major General Bruce Crawford, CECOM Commanding General and APG Senior Mission Commander, will provide updates on the installations. George Schlossberg, General Counsel to the Association of Defense Communities, will discuss BRAC: Considerations Going Forward.

Attendees will also receive an update on the Defense Diversification Grant awarded by the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment earlier this year. The goal of the grant is to help diversify the portfolios of businesses that are primarily dependent on defense contracts, expand the companies’ client base, and remain economically viable.

What:  Maryland Military Installation Council meeting
Where:           Conference Center at Fort Meade, 6800 Taylor Avenue, Fort Meade, Md.
When: Friday, September 25, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Agenda:          8:00 a.m.         Refreshments and networking

8:30 a.m.         Opening comments – Brig. Gen Mike Hayes
Remarks – Secretary Mike Gill
Remarks – Lt. Governor Rutherford
Comments – Congressional delegation (tentative)

8:50 a.m.         Update on Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) – Major
General Sarah Zabel, Vice Director, DISA

9:10 a.m.         Updates – Installation Commanders

9:35 a.m.         Office of Economic Adjustment Defense Diversification Grant – Lisa Swoboda, Deputy Director, DBED Office of Military Affairs

9:45 a.m.         BREAK

10:00 a.m.       Update on U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), Aberdeen Proving Ground, and Army Challenges – Major General Bruce Crawford, commanding general, CECOM and APG

10:20 a.m.       Comments – State agencies and military alliance presidents

10:45 a.m.       Maryland Public Television presentation on MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans celebration to be held June 18-19, 2016, at Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium

11:00 a.m.       BRAC:  Considerations Going Forward – George Schlossberg,
Partner, Kutak Rock LLP, Chair of the firm’s Federal Practice and National Security Law Group, and General Counsel to the Association of Defense Communities

11:15 a.m.       Closing comments – Brig. Gen Mike Hayes

11:30 a.m.       Adjourn

REMINDER: Media planning to attend must contact Veronica Castro in Fort Meade’s Public Affairs Office, Veronica.m.castro.civ@mail.mil or 301-677-1465.

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CONTACT: Maureen Kilcullen
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
maureen.kilcullen@maryland.gov or 410-767-1794