Leaders learn legislative process
March 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (March 13, 2013) -- Senior members of the Army Air Operations Group, U.S. Army Military District of Washington participated in a legislative professional development seminar on Capitol Hill to familiarize themselves with the role the military has in the legislative process, March 8.
More than 30 Army Air Operations Group, or AAOG, members were also given a tour of the U.S. Capitol to become familiar with the history of the building and the Congressional leaders from the past and present.
"I wanted my staff to come here with little to no preconceived notions," said Col. William McGarrity, AAOG commander. "It's paramount that our leaders be aware of how the military fits in with the legislative process."
The seminar included a brief by Col. David P. Anders, Senate Liaison Division Chief on the roles and responsibilities of the Office of the Chief Legislative Liaison, known as OCLL. The CLL ensures the overall integration of the Army's efforts with Congress, develops comprehensive congressional engagement strategies for Army senior leaders, and disseminates critical information on all major Congressional activities.
The Soldiers and civilians were able to discuss important topics within the OCLL legislative procedures with different CLL fellows and received recruitment information about the program.
The Army Congressional Fellowship is a three and a half year program for Army officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians, which includes a pursuit of the Master's Degree in Legislative Affairs, service on the staff of a Member of Congress, and utilization on the Army or Joint Staff in a Congressionally related duty position. The program shows strategic relationships between the Army and Congress.
"Affording leaders the opportunity for growth is important for the future of the Army," said McGarrity. "This seminar was a great way to broaden my staff's perspectives of the legislative process while in the National Capital Region."