Military and Security Affairs
April 6, 2016
The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the establishment of the Military and Security Affairs Committee (MSAC), a unique branch of the Chamber.
Military and Security Affairs Committee (MSAC) Mission: The Military and Security Affairs Committee (MSAC) shall have one single purpose: To preserve, protect and promote the Armed Forces and Homeland Security Resources of the United States of America through active support of the local military and governmental organizations, missions and people.
Collectively these organizations employ 5500-6500 people who live in and/or contribute to the economic well-being of Calhoun County. At one time however that total was approximately 10,000. In the face of constant government downsizing and restructuring, protecting these jobs and our economy are essential to the future of this region.
There are four very important reasons we are establishing the Military & Security Affairs Committee:
- The 167th Theater Army Sustainment Command – Since 2009
The 167th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) was organized and Federally recognized on January 3, 1921 as Company M, 4th Infantry, Alabama Army National Guard in Birmingham, Alabama. Today, the 167th is a multi-component unit with a National Guard flag, composed of Active Duty, Active Guard-Reserve (AGR) and traditional Guardsmen located at Fort McClellan, Alabama.
The mission of the 167th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) is to provide centralized mission command for operational level sustainment of active component forces responding to Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) or Homeland Defense (HD) contingencies in the U.S. Northern Command area of responsibility. Assigned to the Army Service Component Command (USARNORTH), the command participates in multiple annual exercises, (Vibrant Response, Ardent Sentry, Vigilant Shield, Warfighter, Defense Coordinating Office Certification Exercises and multiple Vigilant Guards) and coordinates sustainment of contingency operations ranging from presidential inaugurations, U.N. General Assembly meetings and political conventions to complex catastrophes such as hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and man-made disasters.
- The Ft McClellan Army National Guard Training Center – Since 1917
The Fort McClellan Army National Guard Training Center provides Year-Round Training Facilities, Ranges and Maneuver Areas for the National Guard, Reserves, Active Component, Federal, and State Agencies to Support the Integrated Training Strategy (ITS) including:
- Support of Ongoing and Proposed Missions for Using Units and Activities
- Academic Facilities for Regional Schools and Supporting Activities
- Facilities That House Simulation Systems and Other Specialized Training
- Administrative, Logistical, and Operational Support as Required by Using Units and Activities
- Mobilization Planning and Support
- Mission Command of Eglin Training Site
- Mission Command of Redstone Training Site
- Mission Command of Decatur Regional Training Site
- The Center for Domestic Preparedness – Since 1998
The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is committed to having an emergency response community prepared for and capable of responding to all-hazards events.
The CDP identifies, develops, tests, and delivers training to state, local, and tribal emergency response providers. We provide on-site and mobile training at the performance, management, and planning levels. We facilitate the delivery of training by the training partners of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In June 1998, the Center for Domestic Preparedness opened its doors as a training center for the nation’s emergency responders. The CDP’s interdisciplinary resident and nonresident training courses promote greater understanding among the following diverse responder disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works.
- The Anniston Army Depot – Since 1941
Anniston Army Depot is a U.S. Army maintenance center and munitions storage site occupying more than 25 square miles of land. The installation has more than 15,000 acres of woodland; 3.5 million square feet of maintenance and production buildings; 419,029 square feet of administrative buildings; and 6.8 million square feet of storage buildings – with room to expand.
Possibly the nation’s most diversified defense resource – Anniston Army Depot offers scenic splendor as well as unlimited natural resources. From its origin in 1941 as a storage depot, Anniston Army Depot has transformed into a state-of-the-market maintenance facility and is most often recognized for its heavy combat vehicle, small arms weaponry and locomotive expertise. ANAD is the Department of Defense’s Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE) for combat vehicles (minus Bradley), assault bridging, artillery, small caliber weapons and locomotives, rail equipment and non-tactical generators.
Each quarter the Chamber’s MSAC will feature one of these organizations, along with the area’s Reserve and National Guard units and government contractors. The committee will offer familiarization, education, training, demonstrations, documentation, marketing and socialization with Calhoun County’s military and security affairs resources to the businesses and residents of this area, including County, State and Federal officials. Additionally, we will be developing strategies and programs to ensure we fully appreciate their contributions and maintain and grow their ranks and maintain constant communication with our Congressional Delegation to continue their support.
Mr. Greg Brown, of B.R. Williams Trucking & Logistics, and Col (R) Joel Denney are leading this initiative and will further communicate activities, invitations and schedules for participation. Annual Membership Dues, which will be used exclusively for MSAC activities, are $50. Membership is voluntary but encouraged. Active participation in this venture will help ensure the retention and growth of our military, federal civilian and homeland defense forces in the area.