With an Army base right next door, Junction City needs an active Military Affairs Council — which it has.
MAC is part of the consolidated Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce, and so the Chamber board received an update from the council at its monthly meeting.
The annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) meeting will take place Oct. 3-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington D.C., 20001.
The meeting allows citizens to address their congresspeople with their concerns. Representatives from the Pentagon will also be present. This area will have a voice at the event. A contingent from Junction City and Manhattan will attend the meeting.
Mayor Mick McCallister believes speaking directly to legislators on Capitol Hill makes a difference.
“You can write all the letters you want, you can put all the newspaper articles out you want, but when you sit down eye-to-eye across the table from the folks who are making decisions for your region — it’s very important for us to let them know how we feel,” he said.
Junction City, McCallister said, has a reputation for being especially vocal at AUSA.
The meeting also offers people an opportunity to voice their support for the Army.
The subject of the recently-suspended Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby came up during the MAC update.
“It’s disappointing. I think he was a tremendous cheerleader for our region,” Chamber CEO Dennis Beson said.
He expressed hopes Brig. Gen. Pat Frank would remain at Fort Riley.
Grigsby was recently relieved of command at Fort Riley during an ongoing investigation by the Army.