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Capital District impresses admiral

Rear Admiral David W. Titley, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and Director for the Task Force Climate Change made several stops while in the area, Round Lake Fire Department was one of them. Admiral Titley was here as part of the Navy’s 50/50Program. Photo Submitted.

Rear Admiral David W. Titley, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and Director for the Task Force Climate Change made several stops while in the area, Round Lake Fire Department was one of them. Admiral Titley was here as part of the Navy’s 50/50Program. Photo Submitted.

— The Veterans Affairs Hospital also made quite an impression him.

“What I was really impressed with there was they just opened the women’s care (unit) for female veterans, and I think that is really going to help a portion of our veterans who frankly, I’m not sure have always gotten fully the quality of medical care. … It’s great to see that the VA is recognizing that,” Titley said.

He also spent time touring the GlobalFoundries plant in Malta, and described that as a “very impressive operation.” When asked what the biggest change for the area has been since his last visit, there was no hesitation.

“Clearly GlobalFoundries. … It’s this, ‘Hey, what can we do and how are we going to do it to get things sort of going again … part of this post-traditional industrial economy that’s not only the Capital District but much of the northeast and Midwest,” he said. “It’s a huge economic transition.”

Titley said other regions are also targeting manufacturing industries. For example, in Mississippi’s Gulf Coast communities are aggressively seeking foreign auto manufacturers to “come down to the south, ”touting strong ethics and a lower cost of living as draws.

“I think there are many places in America that are taking a look to say ‘Hey what could be our niche? What could we do to try to produce good high paying sustainable jobs for our fathers and mothers - sons and daughters?’”Titly said.

Since he was a kid, Titley has had a strong interest in meteorology and later, navigation. He has served for over 10 years at sea, including a tour as navigator aboard USS Farragut and tours as an oceanographer aboard the USS Belleau Wood, USS Carl Vinson, Carrier Group Six and the U.S.7th Fleet.

He has given talks to many leaders worldwide on the subject of climate change.

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