• New Director Looking to Take Air Force’s Partnership Program to the Next Level

    New Director Looking to Take Air Force’s Partnership Program to the Next Level0

    After reaching a major achievement last month, the Air Force Community Partnership program is expected to continue growing with a new focus on initiatives with higher returns on investment, says the program’s new director. While the partnership program is “doing phenomenally well,” the service has started to concentrate on initiatives that can be implemented across a variety of installations and that can generate a higher payoff for the Air Force as well as the community, Teran Judd, director of community partnership and encroachment, told On Base …

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  • More Marines Would Be Optimal, Review Finds

    More Marines Would Be Optimal, Review Finds0

    A new force structure assessment has concluded that the Marine Corps ideally could grow by 8,000 troops, but the service still plans on operating with an end strength of 182,000 Marines. “The path we’re on is to go to 182,000 Marines,” Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, told Military.com. “That’s what we’re going to be funded for; that’s what we’re allowed to do by Congress. But in a perfect world … we came up with about 190,000; that is the optimized force,” Walsh said. The increase would help the service keep up with a high pace of operations, and the need to expand its cyber and technological capabilities …

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  • County, Scott AFB Renew Airport’s Joint-Use Agreement

    County, Scott AFB Renew Airport’s Joint-Use Agreement0

    The St. Clair County Board this week approved a new 25-year joint-use agreement for the airport at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois. One change from the existing agreement is the threshold for when the Air Force needs to reimburse the county for using MidAmerica Airport’s runway. The previous agreement defined substantial use as 100 daily landings for three consecutive days. The new agreement changes the definition of substantial use to 300 landings or a gross cumulative weight of 5 million pounds of government aircraft landings in one month. If the Air Force reaches the threshold for substantial use of MidAmerica’s runway, the two parties can discuss appropriate compensation, said Airport Director Tim Cantwell …

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  • Federal Funding Uncertain for Health Studies of Water Contamination at Philadelphia-Area Bases

    Federal Funding Uncertain for Health Studies of Water Contamination at Philadelphia-Area Bases1

    Federal health officials said they would support a program of blood testing and health monitoring for residents who rely on drinking water contaminated by the use of firefighting foams at two closed bases outside of Philadelphia, Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) said last week. How the effort, estimated to cost $20 million to $30 million over five years, would be funded is still an open question, however. DOD has said federal law prohibits it from covering the cost. At a meeting involving officials from several federal agencies and lawmakers, representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they would work with Congress to obtain funding …

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  • Residents Target Manufacturers of Firefighting Foam over Contaminated Groundwater

    Residents Target Manufacturers of Firefighting Foam over Contaminated Groundwater0

    In a series of federal lawsuits filed over the past two weeks, residents neighboring active and former military bases in Colorado Springs and suburban Philadelphia have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of firefighting foam believed to have contaminated their drinking water supplies. The most recent suit was filed last week by the Colorado Springs-based McDivitt Law Firm on behalf of nine plaintiffs claiming their elevated blood levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) stemmed from the use of firefighting foam at Peterson Air Force Base. The Air Force previously confirmed that elevated levels of PFCs found in the drinking water supply in several communities south of Colorado Springs — Security, Widefield, and Fountain — most likely resulted from the use of firefighting foam at Peterson …

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  • Air Force Plans to Consolidate Battlefield Training at Three or Four Sites

    Air Force Plans to Consolidate Battlefield Training at Three or Four Sites0

    The Air Force’s plan to consolidate battlefield airman training likely would reduce the number of training locations from eight to three or four, according to Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, head of Air Education Training Command. “Every time we need to send an airman [somewhere], we lose a week of training,” Roberson told reporters last week during a briefing at the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space & Cyber conference. Battlefield airman training currently is conducted at eight primary training locations across seven states …

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