Presentation on theme: "The Congressional Range and Test Center Caucus (CRTCC) March 2013 Mike Wiedemer Maj Gen USAF (Ret) 931 308-1923."— Presentation transcript:
The Congressional Range and Test Center Caucus (CRTCC) March 2013 Mike Wiedemer Maj Gen USAF (Ret) 931 308-1923
CRTCC Background 2011 – Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB) community support groups visiting U.S. Representatives ask why Congress does not hold hearings on health and status of MRTFBs when they are so critical to maintaining U.S. militarys technical and operational superiority – why Congressional interest in Depots, Programs and MWR but not MRTFs? 2012 – Arnold AFB Community Council (ACC) broaches MRTF Caucus with Congressional and Senior DoD representatives - favorably supported 2013 – On January 22, the Congressional Range and Test Center Caucus is established
CRTCC Charter Mission: To educate members of Congress on the strategic value of ranges and test centers and support their operations Goals: 1) Support stable budget authority for long-term investment in range and test center infrastructure; 2) Provide regulatory relief for greater flexibility in supporting government and commercial customers Chairmen: Congressmen Black (R-TN) and Kilmer (D-WA)
CRTCC Path Forward Recruit membership – Congressman Black will send out formal invitations to other House Representatives shortly Launch Caucus and Website - Congressman Blacks staffer, Tucker Brown, will be POC for D.C. related issues (Tucker.Brown@mail.house.gov 202-225-4233)Tucker.Brown@mail.house.gov Need RCC members to contact their community support groups. Community support groups need to recruit the maximum number of Congressional Representatives to join the Caucus Community support groups may contact Arnold Community Council President, Steve Cope (firstname.lastname@example.org 931 212-4093) or ACC Long Range Planning Chairman, Tom Best (email@example.com 931 967-0751) if they have any firstname.lastname@example.org_best@bellsouth.net
CRTCC Summary Extraordinary Opportunity to capture Congressional support for test centers – similar to what the DoD Depots enjoy Critically needed during upcoming sequestration and budget battles Will energize community support groups to fully populate Congressional RTC Caucus!