closely with Maryland’s Office of Military and Federal Affairs (OMFA) to
maximize the resources, tenants and programs at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG)
in support of the Futures Command.The
Futures Command is a new four-star Command with control of and accountability for
the Army’s end-to-end futures and modernization process.
closely with OMFA to champion policy clarification for the Army Judge Advocate
General’s (JAG) interpretation of regulatory and policy guidance issues
regarding prior A-76 studies on Intergovernmental Services Agreements (IGSAs).This issue affects APG Garrison’s use of
IGSAs to partner with Harford County on certain mutual services.
to advocate for sufficient funding under the Army’s Facility Reduction Program
to clean up contaminated buildings in the Edgewood Area.Efforts paid off with an Army Corps of Engineers
Report affirming the scope of effort, and APG receiving $20M this fiscal year,
with significant more expected in FY19.
to focus on ways to improve APG workforce recruitment through expansion of Direct
Hire Authority and in engagement in ways to increase the effectiveness and
efficiency of the federal hiring process, including USAjobs.
with Congressman Brown’s Office to put in place an amendment to FY19 House NDAA
to stop the elimination of the Test Resource Management Center.
Worked with other alliances across the
state to educate the Maryland General Assembly on positive impacts of Maryland
Military Installations.The Army
Alliance hosted the third annual Maryland Alliances Open House Lunch in Annapolis
and participated in Greater Harford Committee’s Harford Night.
Continued to support Maryland tax
exemption of military retirement pay.The
Army Alliance submitted letters of support and Tom Albro, President, provided
oral testimony in Annapolis.Bills were
passed that allowed a total of $15,000 exemption for military retirement
income.The Army Alliance will continue
to advocate for the full exemption next year.
With Army Alliance support and the sponsorship
of Delegate Lisanti, HB 1542 was passed to study employment needs of the defense
industry and the potential impact of the military retirement tax
exemption.The Army Alliance feels the
study results will document positive fiscal impacts and will support our continuing
tax exemption efforts in the future.
Submitted testimony in support of SB
204, which established a Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program to
support students who are pursuing this field.This program is an opportunity for Harford Community College to
collaborate with APG to expand the cybersecurity workforce.
Army Alliance hosted the pre-gala reception for APG’s Centennial Gala on
October 20, 2017.Congressman
Ruppersberger along with other local area officials were in attendance to kick
off the event, billed as the “Party of the Century.”
The Army Alliance hosted the
congressional staffers visit and tour of APG on February 21, 2018 with a focus
on the areas of legislative concern.
Alliance prepared the nomination that resulted in the Chesapeake Science &
Security Corridor (CSSC) being named as a “2018 Great American Defense
Community.”The CSSC was one of five
communities nation-wide to earn this recognition.The CSSC is the regional designation for
communities in Northeast Maryland that surround and support APG, the region’s
number one employer.APG is the State of
Maryland’s sixth largest workforce center by population.The Army Alliance hosted a local celebration
of the award at Hutchins Park, Havre de Grace on May 4, 2018 and participated
in a national celebration at the Association of Defense Communities National Summit
on June 18, 2018.