Arlington County has a long history with our nation’s military, dating back to the Civil War. Today, Arlington serves as the home of the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, two of the most important defense facilities in our nation, as well as Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Arlington Hall Station, DARPA, ONR and other leased facilities. Additionally, there are a number of very prominent national military memorials and museums located in Arlington, including the Marine Corps War Memorial and the United States Air Force Memorial.
In many communities throughout the country, and in nearly all communities with a substantial military presence such as we have in Arlington, a Military Affairs Committee exists to serve as a liaison with the military community. All of the components for this effort exist within our community, they simply need organization and a mechanism for collective action.
In order to be successful, it is important that this Committee be established and function as a group of relevant community stakeholders that are not simply serving in an advisory capacity to the County Manager, but that develop and execute programs and initiatives to achieve the broad goals outlined below. In establishing the MVAC, the County Manager is using his authority to pull together all of the resources in our community to provide a unity of effort in recognizing and supporting our active duty military population, our veterans, and their families.
The Arlington County Manager hereby establishes the Arlington County Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in order to:
- Support and strengthen the relationship between local active duty and civilian military commands, the local veterans community, Arlington County government, County residents and the local business community;
- Coordinate and utilize Arlington County Government and Community resources in support of the local military community in carrying out their missions;
- Develop, implement and maintain initiatives and programs that provide the Arlington community with an opportunity to recognize and honor the service to our country provided by our military members and their families, including, but not limited to Memorial Day and Veterans Day;
- Work with the USS Arlington Community Alliance to serve as the County Liaison with the USS Arlington and her crew; and
Serve as the chief County Liaison for the Vietnam War Commemoration.
In determining the prospective membership of the Committee, the Arlington County Manager seeks to enlist the guidance and support of those individuals and organizations within our community that are central to the military and veteran community. All members serve at the pleasure of the County Manager and will be appointed to a term of two (2) years. One half of the appointees will be appointed to an initial term of three (3) years so that the terms are staggered moving forward. The Chairman of the Committee shall be selected by the County Manager and shall continue to serve in that capacity for a two (2) year term.
Major General James Jackson, U.S. Army, Retired, Chairman
Dr. Stephen Carney, Arlington National Cemetery
CDR Cliff Clevenger, John Lyon VFW Post 3150
Anthony DeCristofaro, Washington Headquarters Services
Eugene Godwin, Northern Virginia Council, Navy League of the United States
Denise James, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Kate Kelley, Arlington National Cemetery
CDR Bob May, American Legion Post 85
Frank O’Leary, USS Arlington Community Alliance
CDR Jim Pebley, U.S. Navy (Ret.), USS Arlington Community Alliance
Chief Charles (Andy) Penn, Arlington County Police Department
Michael Rau, John Lyon VFW 3150
Kevin Reardon, USS Arlington Community Alliance
Kate Roche, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Dan Donahue, American Legion Post 139
Susan Roth, USS Arlington Family Readiness Group
James Schwartz, Arlington County Manager’s Office
Colonel Joseph Simonelli, Arlington County Resident
Brian Stout, Arlington County Manager’s Office
LTG Guy C. Swan III, U.S. Army (Ret.), Association of the United States Army
Glenn Wait, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Kenneth Washington, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Kristen Wick, USS Arlington Family Readiness Group
Dr. Brenda L. Wilks, Arlington Public Schools
Todd Yeatts, The Boeing Company
The MVAC meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month. All meetings of the Committee are open to the public.
|Feb. 25, 2016||View agenda|
|Oct. 12, 2016||View agenda||Oct. 2016 Meeting Minutes|
|Jul. 27, 2017||Jul. 2017 Meeting Minutes|
|Aug. 10, 2017||View agenda||Aug. 2017 Meeting Minutes|
|Sept. 21, 2017||View agenda|
|Oct. 21, 2017||View agenda||Oct. 2017 Meeting Notes|
|Nov. 16, 2017||View agenda|