Welcome to the Governor's Military Council

California is a proud host to our nation's military.

California is home to more than 30 federal military installations that are vital to our national security and the United States Department of Defense directly employs more than 236,000 people in California. In an effort to protect and expand the military's vital role in national security and California's economy, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. established the Governor's Military Council and appointed former Congresswoman and Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher as chair. The Governor's Military Council works to protect California's military installations and operations amid ongoing United States Department of Defense budget cuts, and leverage changes in federal military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission.

California also hosts other partners that strengthen national security. The U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies secure our state's borders. National laboratories here in California are breaking new ground on national defense technologies. Aerospace companies are developing promising new technologies such as Remotely Piloted Vehicles. The diverse network of land, air and sea ranges enable critical training and technology development for our nation's military.

The Council helps position California to maintain and grow military operations in the state, providing insight and recommendations to state leaders who are developing a strategy to support and grow military operations in the Golden State. As federal leaders consider cuts and realignment of federal military operations, the Council also articulates the unique military value of California's diverse network of installations, and of the Californians and businesses that support them. The Council also supports the efforts of local and regional organizations to improve partnerships with military installations in their communities.

Recent News and Updates

Top local brass meet at Edwards for annual Mojave Commanders’ Summit (6-15-2017)

Military leaders and stakeholders from around the region met at the Airman and Family Readiness Center June 7 for this year’s Mojave Commanders’ Summit.

The summit provides a forum for military commanders around the Mojave Desert in California to exchange ideas and resolve issues affecting military operations within the region, according to its charter. The primary focus of the MCS consists of air and ground encroachment, endangered species preservation, renewable energy development, special-use airspace and any other issue Mojave military organizations may have in common.

Read more here.

Assembly Oversight Hearing on The Governor's Military Council: Seizing Opportunities to Grow and Retain National Defense Ops and Industry in CA

On May 23, 2017, the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, Chaired by Assemblymember Irwin and Vice Chair Assemblymember Chavez, conducted an oversight hearing on the Governor’s Military Council.

The Chair, Vice Chair and Executive Director provided testimony on the accomplishments and activities of the Council to the members of the committee. This was great opportunity to inform members of the legislature on the important work the Council conducts for the state and the nation and to build support for our activities in the legislative branch.

You may view the hearing in its entirety at the following link: http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=4600

Governor's Military Council visits MCLB Barstow (6-8-2017)

Four members of the Governor’s Military Council visited Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow to get an up close and personal overview of the installation and its operations, June 5.

The council established by Gov. Edmund “Jerry” Brown works to protect California's military installations and operations amid ongoing Department of Defense budget cuts, and leverage changes in federal military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission.

Read more here.

Joint Forces Training Base to initiate major solar energy project (4-21-2017)

The California Army National Guard is presently conducting an environmental assessment (EA) at Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) in Los Alamitos to address potential effects associated with installing and operating a solar panel-based renewable energy generation facility (REGF) on the installation.

The proposed solar project – projected to begin in May or June 2018 – is part of the U.S. Army’s implementation of its Energy, Security and Sustainment (ES2) Strategy. A key component of that strategy is to provide secure sources of energy at strategically located installations across the country.

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Key local leaders receive Air Force Space Command award (4-6-2017)

Key South Bay area civic leaders received an award from Air Force Space Command commander Gen. Jay Raymond during a ceremony here Feb. 15.

The South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce (SBACC) was named the recipient of the 2016 AFSPC Community Support Award for their outstanding support of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s mission at Los Angeles AFB.

The award, sponsored by the Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council, recognizes the community that provided the most significant impact to mission and installation needs in supporting an Air Force Space Command base.

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Governor Brown

Council Meetings

The Governor's Military council holds regularly scheduled public meetings where members meet to discuss and vote on various issues.

Meeting materials will be posted at least 10 days prior to the meeting.

Military Council - March 9, 2018 Agenda
Members of the public will be given access to Fort Irwin for the Council’s Meeting provided that they provide their driver’s license, car registration, and date of birth at the visitors center.

Military Council - November 2, 2017 Agenda Updated

In the Spotlight

Federal and State
Veterans' Employment Resources

as Compiled by the Governor's Military Council

Nearly 2 million veterans call California home. Many benefits and services available to California veterans have been expanded and improved in the past decade. This document provides information to veterans of every era regarding employment benefits and services in the state. The Governor's Military Council encourages veterans and veteran families to use this resource and take full advantage of the benefits and services they so richly deserve.

Military Handbook

California Advisory Handbook
for Community and Military Compatibility Planning

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Update to the California Advisory Handbook for Community and Military Compatibility Planning. The handbook provides guidance to local governments, the military, developers, and landowners on how to address land use activities near military installations and activities.


8th Annual SDMAC
Military Economic Impact Study

The relationship and synergy between the military and the San Diego Region is exemplary, of mutual benefit, and serves as the model for the rest of the nation. The San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) is proud to present the 8th Annual Military Economic Impact Study (MEIS) to accurately and credibly document the military’s contribution to the economy of the San Diego Region.