On May 16, ASP board member VADM Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.) wrote an op-ed in The Tampa Bay Times encouraging more support for and collaboration on adaptation and resilience programs to mitigate the threat that climate change poses to military installations and national security.
In the op-ed, VADM Gunn describes the importance of Tampa Bay to national security and the climate threats the bases there face. He expands on the issue, discussing how servicemembers working at the two combatant commands located in Tampa respond to global crises exacerbated by extreme weather.
“Tampa Bay is home to Coast Guardsmen who keep residents safe and to Airmen preparing to defend America. Heat, floods, hurricanes, and harmful algal blooms can reduce their time to train.”
“In just one decade, from 2008 to 2018, extreme heat-related injuries cost the U.S. military almost $1 billion through retraining, medical care, and tens of thousands of lost training days.”
Read the full article in The Tampa Bay Times here.