U.S. Army Secretary Mark Espers Gets Up-Close Look at Michigan’s Defense Industry During Tour

Last week, in her first official duty as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Tammy Carnrike, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s chief operating officer, greeted U.S. Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters for their visit of the Detroit Arsenal in Macomb County, including the Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).

As escorting officer, Carnrike greeted both men at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and accompanied Esper and Peters through a series of meetings as well as demonstrations of mission-enabling technologies being developed in Michigan. In addition to TACOM and TARDEC, they also visited the Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support and Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems during their visit of the Detroit Arsenal and Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

“I am very proud that Secretary Esper was able to visit TACOM and TARDEC for the first time to see the incredible innovation and technology being developed here due to collaboration between the private sector, transforming automotive industry, and the U.S. Army,” Carnrike said. “It was also very impactful to show Secretary Esper and Senator Peters the great work that is being done by the thousands of military and civilian employees stationed in the Detroit Arsenal who work to support our soldiers in sustainable readiness and protect the nation.”

Esper and Peters reiterated the importance of integrating the use of autonomous vehicle technology for future wars, protection of soldier, and deterring threats.

During a recent interview at the Pentagon, Esper discussed the need for next-generation combat vehicles and plans to accelerate the deployment timeline for military use. Peters serve on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Homeland Security and Government Reform Committee. He noted that Southeast Michigan’s strong automotive, manufacturing and technology roots will better prepare the country’s military for conflicts that are dramatically different from years past.

Esper and Peters also toured the  Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support and Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems during their visit of the Detroit Arsenal and Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Learn more about the visit as well as collaborative work between the U.S. Army and the automotive industry here.

Tammy Carnrike Named New Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army to Represent Michigan

DETROIT — (April 17, 2018) — The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army was invested during a ceremony conducted this week at the Pentagon.

Tammy Carnrike was selected by Mark T. Esper, U.S. Secretary of the Army, to represent Michigan. Carnrike will be afforded a three-star protocol status in accordance with the U.S. Department of the Army Protocol Precedence List. She will be responsible for providing advice to Secretary Esper, commanders and senior leaders on public sentiments toward the Army, and will work closely with the Army and installation commanders; state adjutants general; ambassadors of the Army Reserve, Army National Guard and Army Reserve commander; Reserve Officers Training Corps region and area commanders; Army recruiting commanders; professors of military science; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Division and district engineers; and other designated personnel within the state of Michigan.

“I am honored that Secretary Esper has chosen me to serve as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Michigan,” Carnrike said. “In this role, I will work to highlight the tremendous range of opportunities possible for collaboration, partnerships and exchange of knowledge between Michigan communities and the U.S. Army.”

“This position will also allow me to continue, in a very visible way, to support the well-being of our service members and veterans — and to be their advocate and voice throughout Michigan. I am humbled and very grateful to take on this new role, and I look forward to helping the Army tell its story to the people of Michigan,” Carnrike added.

Maj. Gen. Clark LeMasters Jr. stated, “As the commanding general of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, I deeply appreciate the support Ms. Carnrike has provided over the years to our military and civilian employees stationed at the Detroit Arsenal. She and others in the community make it possible for us to do the work of protecting our nation.”

“Ms. Carnrike’s role as CASA Michigan will help strengthen the relationship between the Detroit Arsenal and the local community and reinforce the commitment the U.S. Army has made to Michigan. We proudly welcome Ms. Carnrike to the Army family.”

Each state, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories have one or more CASAs appointed to provide a vital link between the Army and the communities it serves. CASAs are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and its communities.

A leader in Chamber of Commerce management for more than 20 years, Carnrike is chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber, a position she has held since 2006. She has served in national leadership positions, including chairman of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management Board of Trustees, and chairman of the board for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

In addition, Carnrike serves as a member of the Army-Southeast Michigan Advisory Council; is a member of the Governance Committee, Protect and Grow: A Strategic Plan for Michigan’s Defense and Homeland Security Economy; and is an alumni of the Department of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, where she spent five days visiting each branch of the U.S. military and learning about the readiness of the armed forces and the nation’s defense policies.

CASAs serve a two-year term without compensation. Terms may be extended to a total of 10 years of service. Civilian aides may be recognized CASA Emeritus after 10 years of distinguished service.

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