Connecticut Governor Reappoints Bob Ross as Military Affairs Director
Defense Communities 360
December 22, 2014
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Monday said he would reappoint Bob Ross as executive director of the state’s Office of Military Affairs at the beginning of his second term in office next month.
Ross has been at the helm of OMA since 2009, when he was appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. As executive director, Ross supports Connecticut’s military families, advocates for Connecticut’s defense industries, coordinates efforts to prevent the closure or downsizing of Naval Submarine Base New London, encourages the retention of established military missions and the relocation of new ones to the state, and serves as a liaison to the state’s congressional delegation on defense issues.
“With the military knowledge that he obtained in the Navy, and his first-hand experience in regional and municipal government, Bob Ross has been a key advocate for Connecticut, its defense industry, and for our goals to grow jobs in this sector, particularly when it comes to the southeastern section of our state,” Malloy said in a press release
OMA’s signature effort has been its partnership with the Navy to invest $14 million in improvements to base energy and utility operations, construction of new operations and training facilities to replace aging infrastructure, and encroachment mitigation to maintain an operational buffer zone around the submarine base.
Ross, who was named “ADC Member of the Year” in June, also has worked with military leaders, school superintendents, principals and teachers to establish collaborations at the state and local level to minimize challenges for families in transition.
“The last four years has been a period of great accomplishment as we have supported service members and their families, enhanced the operational value of our military bases, and enabled our defense industries to thrive,” Ross said.