Letter from Rep. Tim Murphy to Chairman Principi Page: 3 of 4
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The Honorable Anthony Prineii DCN 1177
May 12, 2005 Pnn ecutive Correspondence
* Elements of the 171st were called to active duty to provide support for
operation Allied Force, beginning deployment in May 1999, with
approximately 400 personnel.
* More recently, the 171st has served our national security strategy objectives
by refueling military aircraft as a vital part of Operation Noble Eagle,
Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
These are overwhelming examples of the military value in meeting our national security
3. The 99th Regional Readiness Command (Army Reserve):
* The 99th Regional Readiness Command was officially formed July 16th,
2003, and has already shown its capacity to absorb other units by
incorporating the previous 97th and 79th Army Reserve commands.
* More than 2,000 soldiers from the 99th Regional Readiness Command have
been deployed to Bosnia and have also participated in operations Urgent Fury,
Just Cause, Desert Shield/Storm, Joint Guard/Endeavor and Noble
These examples emphasize the ability of the 99th Regional Readiness Command to
seamlessly integrate into the active Army without involving multiple levels of
government to meet the national security goals of the United States.
In addition, a recent report from the Dupuy Institute of Alexandria, VA, provides a guide
to expand the joint capabilities of Southwestern Pennsylvania's military instillations. A
few highlights of this report include a recommendation for the formation of a Regional
Joint Readiness Center (RJRC) to enhance Southwestern Pennsylvania's existing joint
training efforts. These recommendations include:
* Establishing a DOD site at the University of Pittsburgh;
* Co-locating the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) from the
Federal Building in downtown Pittsburgh with the 911th Airlift Wing at the
University of Pittsburgh;
* Formalizing a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center and the 171st Air Refueling Wing (ARW) to develop a readiness skills
verification program for Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS); and
* Linking military distance learning centers through the existing infrastructure
of the 99th Regional Readiness Command, the 171st ARW, the 911th Airlift
Wing and the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center.
These are proactive steps to enhance and expand the current joint goals of Southwestern
Pennsylvania's military installations and we would urge the commission to consider
future implementation of these recommendations by the Department of Defense to
establish a Joint Interagency Coordination Group (JIACG) in formation of a Regional
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