Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Stars Were Out

Commanders of the Washington National Guard, Ft. Lewis and the 62nd AW were front and center for the annual Commanding Officers Briefing this morning.

Maj. Gen. Tim Lowenberg, Adjutant General, Washington National Guard, lead the parade of military leaders. He said Camp Murray is home to the State's Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG). A new Homeland Security Training Center has been used for local, state, tribal, national and bilateral stakeholder collaboration. This has been essential for our ongoing preparations for the 2010 Olympics. Currently, the WNG has Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar & Germany. We also typically have a "steady state" overseas deployment rate of 20-40% of our total force. In addition, Washington Guardsmen and 'women routinely deploy in support of domestic operations such as flood relief, border security missions, Hurricane Katrina support and so on. Military Construction for FY09 totaled $42.3 million. All projects but one ($780k Hangar Renovation in Spokane) in Pierce County: $41.52 million. These projects include $2.5M for Western Regional Counter Drug Training Facility on Camp Murray and a $3.5M Expansion for 262nd IWAS "Cyber Domain" (an emerging USAF field).

Brig. Gen. Jeff Mathis, Deputy Commanding General, I Corps & Ft. Lewis, and soon to be the rear eschelon for I Corps during their impending deployment developed his update from a PowerPoint.

Col. Mike Hornitschek, Vice Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, likewise utilized a PowerPoint to support his presentation.

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