AFGE members from Department of Defense agencies held the first annual DEFCON Spring Legislative Week in Washington the week of March 23. Adding a week of legislative action outside of AFGE’s annual legislative conference in February gave DEFCON members an extra opportunity to meet with lawmakers, congressional staff, and DoD officials before Congress begins writing the department’s authorization and appropriations bills.
DEFCON convened at AFGE headquarters for a number of meetings with top officials, including Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia; James Dwyer, deputy chief of staff for logistics at the Army Materiel Command; John Johns, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for maintenance policy and plans; Daniel Fri, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for logistics and product support, Steve Karl, acting deputy assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition policy and logistics; and Marc Numedahl and Raymond Celeste, staff directors for the House Military Depot, Arsenal, Ammunition Plant and Industrial Facilities Caucus.
Employees also held educational meetings on Capitol Hill with members of their congressional delegations and members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees. A highlight was a meeting with Vickie Plunkett and Ryan Crumpler, the minority and majority staff directors, respectively, for the House Readiness Subcommittee that oversees depots and arsenals.