- July 27, 2016
2016 is a year of transition, change, and challenges. Our nation’s military installations and the communities that support them have a mission that is more critical than ever.
IIF 2016 is moving to Charleston, SC, a top destination strategically located near half a dozen key defense installations from each of the services, with a proud military history that stretches back to the revolutionary war. Mark your calendar and make plans to be a part of Installation Innovation 2016.
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While there are clear differences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on national security, as president both would face the same constraints on resources as they attempt to address a multitude of global threats. The disparity between resources and commitments will require “unbelievably hard choices,” Jim Thomas, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said during a panel discussion Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “There’s always going to be hard limits as to how far [a new president] can go” in changing national security strategy …READ MORE
Maj. Gen. Bradley Spacy on Friday took command of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the agency responsible for consolidating installation management functions across the service. Spacy replaces Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, who is retiring after 31 years of service. Carter had led the center since it was formally established in April 2015. Spacy joined the organization last July as its director of expeditionary support …READ MORE
The misperception held by a significant portion of the public that more than half of veterans who have served since 9/11 suffer from mental health problems is hampering veterans’ prospects of successfully transitioning into civilian life, according to veterans advocates. A study conducted by the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative revealed that about 40 percent of 1,000 surveyed adults believe more than half of the 2.8 million veterans who have served since 2001 have a mental health condition. The actual figure lies somewhere between 10 percent and 20 percent, according to a Rand Corp. estimate, reported Military Times. The survey also found that 80 percent of veterans say embarrassment or shame is a barrier to seeking treatment for traumatic brain injury or combat-related mental health conditions …READ MORE
The online auction for a former communications facility run by the Navy in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia closed Monday with the General Services Administration accepting the high bid of $11.2 million for the 122-acre campus. The winning bidder first entered the contest on Saturday, when the price had reached $6.95 million, reported the Washington Business Journal. Competing offers between the eventual winner and the runner-up over the weekend increased the final price to $11.2 million. The auction opened in February but the first bid of $1 million wasn’t received until July 8 …READ MORE
Jon Larvick, the new president of the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee, plans to leverage the close relationship between the Air Force base in north central Texas and the neighboring community of Wichita Falls as he searches for growth opportunities at the installation. Larvick, who replaced former President Tom Whaylen in May, said one his first tasks is to evaluate Sheppard’s strengths in an effort to prepare for a possible round of base closures. The willingness of its host community to support Sheppard was evident at a lunch the committee hosted when Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, visited the installation recently. “I don’t think there was a city or local leader that wasn’t there, and he noticed that,” Larvick, a retired Air Force maintenance officer, told the Times Record News. “That’s a typical reaction here in Wichita Falls. It’s incredible. I think it’s either the best or close to the best I’ve ever seen.” Larvick also is assessing the support group and clarifying his goals for the organization, according to the story.READ MORE
Unsurprisingly, many of the priorities of Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, the Army’s new assistant chief of staff for installation management, are focused on ways to cope with severe funding constraints. One of her priorities is carrying out the Army’s ongoing “Reduce the Footprint” initiative, an effort to cut the overall cost of maintaining infrastructure by eliminating excess facilities. The Army spends an estimated $450 million to $500 million annually maintaining underused facilities, reports the Army News Service. “Right now we are in fiscally-constrained times. So being able to garner back dollars on reducing excess infrastructure is important,” Bingham said. “If you could imagine recouping that amount of money every year, and think about how we can invest that in the readiness of our soldiers — that’s huge …READ MORE
The Defense Department’s initial investigation into 664 sites across the nation that potentially have elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in their drinking water has been expanded to at least 2,000 sites, most of them on Air Force bases, the New York Times reported Monday. The groundwater contamination is believed to have been caused by decades of use of firefighting foam at military installations. The Air Force has spent $137 million to assess the scope of the problem in addition to money it is paying to treat water systems and provide alternate sources of drinking water in affected communities. The ultimate cost of the cleanup will “likely be quite large,” according to one official …READ MORE