Readshaw attends military commission meeting
As an appointed commissioner, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, attended the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission held at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center.
Formally established through Act 161 of 2014, the commission replaces the former Military Community Protection Commission, which was established by executive order. It is tasked with examining and advocating for Pennsylvania’s military installations and the important roles they play in supporting our state’s economy and national security.
“It was a pleasure to join with other legislative and military leaders from across the state in a discussion about the importance of Pennsylvania’s military operations,” Rep. Readshaw said. “As a veteran of our Armed Forces, I have a deep appreciation for the invaluable role that military communities play in increasing the quality of life in a region. Our military installations continue to serve as critical components to national security and early response efforts.”
Mr. Readshaw said this new commission will assist with expansion of economic development opportunities and defense-related industry at the 911th Airlift Wing and 316th Sustainment Command in Moon Township, and the other military bases across the state.
The Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission was established under the Department of Community and Economic Development and will coordinate with that department – and also with Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation – to identify potential sources of funding for economic development projects and to monitor the prospective impact of future base realignment and closure activities at the U.S. Department of Defense.
In addition to Rep. Readshaw, other legislative members of the 17-member commission include state Sens. John Blake and Richard Alloway, and state Rep. Nick Miccarelli.
“I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues and the rest of the commission members for the good of our military installations, those who work on them and the entire commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Readshaw said. “As the co-chairman of the Military Installations and Base Development Caucus, I have been working on this issue for the last three years, so I am eager to continue this work with the new commission.”