Head of Ft Leonard Wood Support Group Nominated as States Military Advocate

Head of Ft Leonard Wood Support Group Nominated as States Military Advocate

first_imgMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday nominated Joe Driskill, executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and the Leonard Wood Institute, to become the state’s first military advocate.The position was established in legislation enacted last year creating the office of military advocate to promote the military services, installations and defense industries within Missouri, home to Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood. The advocate will serve as the liaison between state and federal branches of government, and keep Missouri officials and defense communities informed regarding BRAC actions and potential downsizing. The office also is tasked with creating a strategic plan to sustain the military’s presence.“Missouri has long given strong and non-partisan support for the mission of the U.S. military and its facilities here, and there is no person more qualified to spearhead our ongoing efforts than Joe Driskill,” Nixon said, according to a press release. “His extensive experience in economic development and specifically in working with the military and the greater Fort Leonard Wood community is invaluable.”The Leonard Wood Institute is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen the Army’s mission at Fort Leonard Wood. The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership — a subsidiary of the institute — collaborates with the post, Missouri’s congressional delegation, state leaders and others to support the installation and improve the region’s business climate.Driskill was director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development from 1993 to 2003 and executive director of the Missouri Technology Corp. from 2003 to 2005. Last June, Driskill was elected to ADC’s board of directors.The governor nominated Driskill as military advocate for a term ending March 3, 2022. The action is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate, according to the release. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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