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Governor announces creation of ‘Office of Military Affairs’ within MDA

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Governor Tate Reeves has announced the creation of a new office within the Mississippi Development Authority—the Governor’s Office of Military Affairs. 

In the announcement, it was explained that the new office will be tasked with coordinating military and national security efforts in and around the state. They’ll do so by working to “align and integrate the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security priorities, aerospace investments, and university research to capitalize and secure the competitive advantages of the Mississippi National Security Economy.”

Governor Reeves has appointed Paul Jerrod “PJ” Waldrop as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Military Affairs.

“PJ will play a critical role as Director of the Governor’s Office of Military Affairs as we work to strengthen our relationships within the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, military services, defense industry and other critical partners.  I am confident PJ has the experience and relationships necessary to ensure this important Office will be a huge success for our state,” Governor Reeves said. 

Waldrop has an extensive background in policy and advised multiple U.S. Senators on appropriations and legislative issues. Waldrop previously served as a staffer to former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. Most recently, Waldrop served as Deputy Chief of Staff and State Director to former U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), who was a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services.

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