For Immediate Release
January 12, 2009
Contact: Cort Boulanger
MHTC’s Anderson Named Hanscom AFB Honorary Commander
New Post Will Continue Service to Base, Growing Defense Cluster
Massachusetts High Technology Council (MHTC) President Christopher R. Anderson was named to the Hanscom Air Force Base Honorary Commander Program, which is designed to create deeper ties between the Air Force and the New England region. Air Force Lieutenant General Ted Bowlds, commander of the Electronic Systems Center, officially named Anderson, who is also president of the Defense Technology Initiative (DTI), honorary commander for the 653rd Electronic Systems Wing at a ceremony at Hanscom AFB on Friday.
“I am honored to be selected for this important position,” said Anderson. “There is a critical symbiotic relationship between Hanscom’s tech-based mission, its top-flight personnel and the surrounding community. Hanscom and its ties to the New England defense technology cluster are and will remain crucial to developing the next generation of warfighting technology. We need to find ways to strengthen those bonds to ensure we maintain a successful partnership well into the future.”
The Hanscom AFB Honorary Commander Program is designed to increase the understanding of Hanscom AFB and Air Force missions. The honorary commander program pairs community leaders with center and wing leaders to forge relationships and uses creative, unique activities to immerse honorary commanders into the wings.
Anderson indicated he is looking forward to working with General Bowlds, 653rd Electronic Systems Wing Director Ronald Mason and other Hanscom officials to promote more of the base’s capabilities to the region.
Anderson’s selection was a logical one because of his successful track record in supporting the growth of Hanscom and the entire New England defense technology cluster, according to Dynamics Research Corp. President, Chairman and CEO James Regan.
“Through his leadership at the Council and by founding DTI, Chris has already made a significant contribution to Hanscom and the regional defense community,” said Regan, who serves as MHTC’s Vice Chairman. “This well-deserved honor will allow Chris and DTI to continue supporting Hanscom’s ability to deliver mission-critical technological capabilities to our men and women in uniform across the globe.”
During the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, Anderson led DTI’s successful campaign to preserve Hanscom and the Natick Soldier Systems Center.
A study sponsored by DTI showed that Hanscom contributes 30,000 jobs and more than $3 billion annually to the regional economy. DTI also successfully argued to the Pentagon that the technology, workforce and research strengths of the region were critical to the innovation focused missions of Hanscom and Natick.
Following the BRAC outcome, Anderson helped transform DTI into a regional trade organization working to grow the New England defense technology sector. Anderson and DTI’s Executive Director, retired Air Force Brigadier General Donald Quenneville, have led efforts to bring USAF cyber operations to Hanscom. The base remains under Pentagon consideration to host the Air Force’s lead cyber organization, the 24th Air Force.
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