- Mission Support/Community Partnerships
- September 29, 2016
Five years of budget turmoil in Washington has harmed military readiness and forced the Pentagon to shrink its force structure, while also threatening the long-term health of its installations.
Without greater certainty about future funding levels and explicit direction from Congress as to how DOD should cope with tight fiscal constraints, defense communities will continue to face heightened challenges as they strive to support the nation’s military installations, ADC President Mike Cooper states in an op-ed published in the Hill. “Our nation’s defense infrastructure — its bases, facilities and training grounds — is feeling the brunt of this indecision and uncertainty. So too are the communities, regions and states that steadfastly support our nation’s military bases and families. They are experiencing the economic hits of falling tax revenues, struggling small businesses and declining home values as departing service members and their families move away …
State and local officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for a $6.2 million bridge that provides a new access route to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va. The bridge over the Elk River will improve security for the 130th Airlift Wing by allowing the closure of the current public road serving the base. That route passes right by the Guard base and poses a security risk, a factor local leaders believed could jeopardize the installation in a future BRAC round. The bridge also provides a new entrance for a county park, reported MetroNews. “It’s a win-win for the parks and we got the security that we needed as well,” said Lt. Col. Melissa Shade, public affairs officer for the West Virginia National Guard. The West Virginia Air National Guard 167th Fighter Squadron Memorial Bridge is dedicated to 21 National Guard members who died in an airplane crash in 1951. The bridge’s dedication comes 10 years after the Guard base staved off closure in the last BRAC round.READ MORE
After increasing by more than 65 percent from fiscal 2000 to 2010, defense spending is expected to decline by 28 percent from FY 2011 to 2019 in real terms, according to a new report examining defense spending at the state and local levels in FY 2014. The report highlights factors, such as the regional expenditures from military bases or private contractors, which can be used by state and local officials to assess their region’s vulnerability to projected declines in defense spending. The impact of DOD spending cuts has been uneven across states, as it depends in part on the number of personnel and the amount of contract revenue in each state, according to the report …READ MORE
Military families would have greater flexibility to expedite or postpone moves to accommodate school work by a child or a spouse’s professional or educational studies, under bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday in the Senate. The 2015 Military Family Stability Act — introduced by Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) along with co-sponsors Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) — would permit a family to leave up to six months before or after the service member’s reporting date to the new installation. The family would continue to receive the housing allowance for its location, while the service member would reside in unaccompanied housing or be granted compensation …READ MORE