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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI)

  • Jan Larkin, Mission Sustainment Program, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.

Pending Defense Cuts and Potential Impacts on States and Communities, Possible New Round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)

  • Tim Ford, chief executive officer, Association of Defense  Communities, Washington, D.C.

From Barracks to Backyard: Linking Community Resources to Military Families Post-Deployment

  • Elaine Dumler, separations specialist,, Colorado

Legislator Roundtable: Task Force Members Will Report on Military Issues  Affecting Their States and Proposed Legislation Related to Veterans, Military Personnel and their Families

  • Moderator:  Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Friday, May 18, 2012 

Panel Discussion:  Units Returning From Overseas Deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan Face Challenges and Need Increased Training Capacity at and Support From  Installations

  • Brigadier General Richard Martin, commander, Colorado Air National Guard

  • Colonel Joel Best, commander, High Altitude Mountain Environment Training—the National Guard’s pre-eminent school for Individual Mountain Helicopter Training, Colorado Air National Guard

Helping the Returning Troops: National Veterans Employment Initiative, Service member and Spousal State Licensure and Other Key Military Family and Community Efforts and Private Sector Employment Efforts

  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Kevin Schmiegel, founder and executive director, Hiring Our  Heroes Program, National Chamber Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • Ed Kringer, director, State Liaison and Education Opportunity, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, Washington, D.C.

Task Force Wrap-Up: Background on NCSL’s New Policy Directive Process and Review Draft of Conversion of Military Task Force Policies Resolutions into Policy Directives

  • Jon Jukuri, committee director, Labor and Economic Development, NCSL, Washington, D.C.

The Military Affairs Task Force will meet again on Aug. 6, 2012, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Chicago in conjunction with the NCSL Annual Legislative Summit