N.C. Senate Majority Whip Jim Perry has been appointed to the state Military Affairs Commission and chairman of its legislative affairs committee, Perry’s office said this week.

Perry was appointed to the commission and the committee chairmanship by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said Leigh Ann Biddix, legislative assistant to Perry.

Perry’s appointment to the Military Affairs Commission took effect July 23, Biddix said Wednesday. His term on the commission expires in July 2023.

“Our military community is the second largest driver of our economy in North Carolina,” Perry, a Republican from Kinston, said Monday in a news release. “I will work to help execute the N.C. MAC strategic plan that will drive continued growth in this sector. I am thankful to be chosen for this role, and I look forward to learning from those who have been serving.”

Perry represents Senate District 7, which covers Lenoir and Wayne counties and includes Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

The Military Affairs Commission works to protect existing military installations in North Carolina. The commission also works to maintain a high quality of life for military members and their families.

“I want to help expand our support footprint in eastern North Carolina,” Perry said. “I am steadfast in my commitment to effectively oppose any legislation that could weaken our standing with regards to possible future Base Realignment and Closure decisions.”

The North Carolina Military Affairs Commission consists of 23 voting members who are appointed by the governor, the Senate president pro tem and the speaker of the House of Representatives.

The legislative affairs committee works with the General Assembly; retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Walter Gaskin, state military and veterans affairs secretary; and state agencies to ensure coordination on major issues affecting the military in North Carolina.