MBTF Executive Coordinator Charlie Farrell is a presenter at a forum titled “Leveraging Commanders Councils to Overcome Encroachment Challenges” at this week’s US Department of Defense “Sustaining Military Readiness Conference” in St Louis. The conference focuses on restoring military readiness through planning and partnerships and highlights the relationships built between states, military communities, and military services. The MBTF serves as South Carolina’s central leadership organization for state government and local communities to exchange ideas on policies that affect the military and mission readiness. “We are pleased that DoD recognizes the commitment South Carolina has given to enhance the value of our military bases and families,” said Bill Bethea, Chairman of MBTF. “We appreciate the opportunity to participate in conferences such as these, as we will bring back important strategies through which we can continue to advise communities and state leaders about factors influencing defense readiness, and tools through which we can remediate issues deterring our bases from meeting their mission requirements.”
About the South Carolina Military Base Task Force
The South Carolina Military Base Task Force (MBTF) was established by Executive Order to enhance the value of our state’s military installations and facilities and to enrich the quality of life for our military personnel and their families. We coordinate efforts among public and private sectors to maintain a significant U.S. Department of Defense presence in South Carolina and support the needs of veterans and military retirees. Our state possesses the nation’s tenth highest active duty military and the ninth highest military retiree populations. Our military provides an annual $24.1 billion impact. One of every 12 jobs in South Carolina is directly related to our nation’s defense. We are committed to ensuring South Carolina remains the nation’s best value for military facilities, service members, veterans, retires, and their families.