Senior employees with the Yonkers Group, a strategic consulting agency based mostly in Maryland, provided a abstract and outlook of their work for the town’s Committee of the Entire. The agency has just lately touted the bottom in conferences at Scott Air Pressure Base in Illinois, the Pentagon and most just lately at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. Leaders with the consulting agency defined that the bottom’s location makes it a really perfect candidate for exercise within the Arctic area.
Terry Yonkers, a former assistant secretary of the Air Drive beneath President Barack Obama, stated there’s vital potential for the bottom following this yr’s transition to a brand new, fight-oriented command construction that would result in elevated mission exercise.
Yonkers Group is a shopper of Grand Forks County, which has contracted with them since 2013. Consultants with the group at the moment are paid about $12,000 a month for his or her providers, stated Tom Ford, a county staffer who does vital work with native base advocacy efforts. That expenditure is paid by state grant funding.
The group’s continued employment and advocacy happens towards the ever-current backdrop of downsizing and mission-shifting considerations, which Ford downplayed on Monday. For the second, he stated, aggressive base-realignment efforts look like on maintain for this yr, and Congress is unlikely to resurface them forward of subsequent yr’s midterm elections.
Monday’s presentation occurred forward of a regional protection discussion board hosted on the Alerus Middle slated for Oct. 10 and eleven. Remarks are anticipated from leaders from across the state and senior Air Drive officers on a variety of subjects—from nationwide protection to workforce improvement.
Metropolis leaders left Monday’s assembly optimistic concerning the base’s future.
“The large factor that I take away is how onerous they’re working for the town of Grand Forks (and) Grand Forks County,” Metropolis Council member Danny Weigel stated. “Not daily do you see somebody like Terry Yonkers … that comes into your metropolis and goes to those conferences with different generals and different secretaries preventing for Grand Forks.”