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Release No: 292-98
June 06, 1997


Sherri W. Goodman, deputy undersecretary of Defense, announced today that the charter for a Joint Program Office (JPO) at the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) has been signed by high-level Pentagon officials.

"We recognize the need for a central point of contact for environmental matters at MMR, and this office will fill that need," said Goodman. " The JPO is responsible for improving communication and coordination both inside and outside the Department of Defense, and establishing an integrated approach to addressing environmental issues in full partnership with the community."

The JPO Director reports to a Board of Directors and can elevate significant issues to appropriate DOD senior leadership rapidly. The charter gives the director authority to oversee and integrate all environmental programs at MMR to include planning and program development, programming validation and approval, budgeting, financial accountability and execution.

Brig. Gen. Lawrence Sheehan, USAF, has been appointed by the board to serve as the Interim Director of the JPO, and is expected at the installation within the week to begin setting up the office. The JPO staff will include two deputy directors -- one from the Air Force and one from the Army -- a management assistant, a stakeholder involvement advisor, a health advisor,

Goodman serves as the chairperson for the Board of Directors, which also includes Maj. Gen. Eugene Lupia, Air Force civil engineer; Maj. Gen. Randolph W. House, Army assistant chief of staff for Installation Management; Maj. Gen. Russell Davis, vice chief, National Guard Bureau; Maj. Gen. Raymond Vezina, Massachusetts Army National Guard and the adjutant general; Tad McCall, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health); and Ray Fatz, deputy assistant secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health).

As mobilization assistant to McCall, Sheehan, oversees worldwide Air Force environmental, safety and occupational health, natural resources, and base comprehensive planning matters.

The JPO Charter can be found on the MMR homepage at: http://www.mmr.org, and copies are available at the Installation Restoration Program office, 322 E. Inner Road, Otis ANG Base, Mass.

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