By Colonel/Brigadier General-Select E. John Teichert, Joint Base Andrews, published July 9, 2018, Joint Base Andrews

As my time here at Joint Base Andrews winds down, I’ve been thinking about the great things we’ve been able to accomplish together with our amazing community partners. As I leave this incredible place, I want to use this last opportunity to thank our friends outside the gate for your enduring support of our Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers and Marines over these last two years.

That support has been instrumental in our ability to get the mission done. You are the teachers who educate our children. You’re the police officers and security guards who keep our service members safe when they leave the installation. You’re the cashiers who offer a military discount because we forgot to ask, and the fellow patrons who thank us for our service.

Let me make it clear: Our service is our pleasure, and it’s you we have to thank.

We are (mostly) just like you. When we take off the uniform, we eat, laugh, pray, and have fun along with you. You are our friends and our neighbors, and whether you know it or not, you’re a big part of Team Andrews.

Teammates work together in both good times and challenging times, and our community relationship has always been a great example of that. You were there when the Air Force Band and Honor Guard performed around the region on patriotic holidays. You were there as first responders when an Andrews’ pilot had to eject from his F-16 over Clinton. Your kids are there when our service members visit schools on career days, and your local representatives are at the aircraft noise abatement meetings when we explain our flying operations.

Joint Base Andrews is a busy place these days. We conduct more than 10,000 total sorties annually, with 15 different types of aircraft. Every week, we facilitate several VIP flights including the president, vice president, cabinet members and other senior government and military leaders. JBA is often where foreign leaders land, and is therefore their first experience on American soil. That’s why we are America’s Airfield.

Since I arrived here in 2016, we’ve deployed more than 1,900 people to 82 locations around the world, where our people helped fight terrorism in the Middle East and brought humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico. And here at home, JBA personnel were intimately involved in huge events in and around the NCR, such as the presidential inauguration and the homecoming of Americans who were detained in North Korea.

Those are the kinds of missions your support enables, from the Andrews Alliance, to the officials of Prince George’s County, to our federal leaders, to the citizens of our community.

Thank you for making Joint Base Andrews such an important and welcome part of this community. Thank you for making this truly a team. And thank you for working together to serve this great community and this great country.


By Bruce DePuyt, Maryland Matters, published April 18, 2018 Maryland Matters

Rushern L. Baker III said massive private sector investment in Prince George’s County offered validation for the policies and vision he pursued in two terms as county executive and is a sure sign that his long-neglected county has arrived as an economic force, both regionally and throughout Maryland. But he acknowledged that gains in the county’s public schools are fragile and will require constant vigilance.
Delivering his eighth, and final, State of the County address, Baker (D), a candidate for governor, spoke with pride about how Prince George’s is awash in development. The venue for his address, the glittery, new Hotel at the University of Maryland was, if not Exhibit A, certainly a prime example of how investors have come to place their bets on the county.

Pick any spot on the map, Baker and various warm-up speakers told a mostly suit-clad audience of more than 500, and we’ll show you a project that will transform life in that community.
Among the most frequently cited projects:
• The Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill
• The MGM National Harbor Casino, also in Oxon Hill
• Kaiser Permanente’s new regional headquarters, being built in New Carrollton
• The U.S. Immigration and Citizenship headquarters, going up at the Branch Avenue Metro
• The University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, under construction in what county leaders call “downtown Largo”
• And the Whole Foods Market in University Park

“We are number one in job creation in the state of Maryland five quarters in a row,” Baker said. “My favorite part about that is that we don’t make the numbers up. The state has to give them to me.” The joke, not lost on the room, is that — if he survives the Democratic primary — Baker will face off in November against Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan (R).

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Viewing Education In 3D

December 27, 2017

Courtesy, Prince George’s Suite Magazine. 12/21/2017 PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell Discusses The State of the School System, The Recent Audit And the 3D Program With Prince George’s Roundtable President M.H. Jim Estepp Dr. Kevin Maxwell knew that the job came with dozens of challenges when he stepped into the position of CEO of the […]

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Dr. Wiseman and Board Chair Dr. Eubanks to be Sworn in

August 9, 2017

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Appoints Former University of Maryland School of Education Dean Dr. Donna Wiseman to the Prince George’s County Board of Education and Reappoints Dr. Segun Eubanks as Board Chair Upper Marlboro, MD – August 9th, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, will participate in the swearing-in ceremony of […]

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Choosing A Humble Way Forward

July 17, 2017

By M.H. Jim Estepp, published July 16, 2017 Prince George’s Suite It was with great disappointment that we received the news this week that the General Services Administration (GSA) would no longer seek a new home for the aging Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington, D. C. After years of investing time, millions of […]

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The Roundtable’s July Meeting is a hit!

July 17, 2017

July 14, 2017 By James R. Estepp (Photo credit to Raoul Dennis) The Business Roundtable’s July Meeting at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden was attended by State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and 9th District County Councilman Mel Franklin, each of whom gave us their thoughts on their respective offices and the county’s continuing trend upward. […]

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Baker Tells Crowd: ‘County Will Be Working At Full Throttle During Last 18 Months Of This Administration’

May 12, 2017

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The Business Roundtable Welcomes both of Maryland’s U.S. Senators to a Star-Filled Annual Meeting

January 12, 2017

January 9, 2017 By James R. Estepp (Photo credit to John Bechet) The Business Roundtable’s Annual Meeting at the Colony South Hotel today was attended by not one, but both of Maryland’s United States Senators, as both Ben Cardin and then Chris Van Hollen gave us their thoughts on the upcoming year on Capital Hill. […]

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The Business Roundtable Presents a Look at Economic Development in 2017 and Beyond

January 10, 2017

Thanks very much to the Prince George’s County Council for inviting the Business Roundtable to their Retreat last week to present a look at economic trends affecting businesses in the county and region. It was our honor to be part of a panel with Board Member Jim Coleman. View the Entire Roundtable presentation before the […]

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MGM National Harbor is Here, and NBC 4 Washington was there to cover it

December 9, 2016

Congratulations to Roundtable Board Member Lorenzo Creighton and the entire well-oiled machine at MGM National Harbor. The following is a story from NBC 4 Washington’s Tracee Wilkins on a one-of-a-kind night of a lifetime.

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