• There’s More than One Way to Forge a Partnership, Hammack Says

    There’s More than One Way to Forge a Partnership, Hammack Says0

    The new authority enacted in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill allowing military installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) for base support services has brought renewed attention to the importance of installation-community partnerships. In an interview about the IGSA signed last month by the city Monterey, Calif., and the

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  • Monterey, Army Enter New Chapter in Municipal Partnership

    Monterey, Army Enter New Chapter in Municipal Partnership2

    When the existing contract between the city of Monterey, Calif., and the Presidio of Monterey that governs the city’s delivery of base operation services to the Army runs out at the end of the year, very little will change on the surface. The city will continue to supply the Presidio a range of support services — including engineering services and maintenance functions for facilities, streets, storm drains, grounds, and fire alarm and detection systems — on a cost-reimbursement basis. But Jan. 1 will mark the transition from a contract based on the Federal Acquisition Regulation to an arrangement that takes advantage of the authority enacted in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill allowing military installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) for base support services …

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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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  • Northwest Florida Touts ADC Honor

    Northwest Florida Touts ADC Honor0

    Officials from Northwest Florida gathered Wednesday to celebrate the designation of the Eglin Air Force Base – Hurlburt community as one of 10 Great American Defense Communities. “Everyone in this room is aware of the importance of our military installations,” Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, told the hundreds of military, business and community leaders. “We also know that those installations are made up of people with families, and all of you here are working to find ways to serve them …

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  • City Celebrates Langley’s 100th Birthday with Gala

    City Celebrates Langley’s 100th Birthday with Gala0

    Langley Air Force Base was established on Dec. 30, 2016, less than four months before the United States entered World War I, by the Army Air Service. One hundred years later, the installation, now part of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, has become the nation’s oldest continually operating active air base. On Saturday, the city of Hampton, Va., and the joint base held a gala celebration to mark the milestone. The event, which featured a keynote address by Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, highlighted the close collaboration between the base and its neighbor, reported Inside Business. The relationship between Hampton and Langley “is probably the strongest of anywhere that I’ve seen,” said Col. Caroline Miller, the joint base commander …

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  • State Agency Strives to Enhance Military Value of Ellsworth AFB

    State Agency Strives to Enhance Military Value of Ellsworth AFB0

    Since it was created in 2009, the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority has reduced encroachment surrounding Ellsworth Air Force Base, worked to increase the size of a training range used by the installation and initiated several projects to improve the quality of life for Ellsworth personnel and their families. By focusing on the military value of Ellsworth and improving the quality of life for military families, the state agency is trying to ensure the base is not closed in a future BRAC round. Many of the agency’s efforts have addressed shortcomings that resulted in DOD recommending Ellsworth for closure in 2005. “We’re on the offensive,” Glen Kane, the authority’s managing director, told the Rapid City Journal. “The checklist basically gave us a playbook to work from,” Kane said in reference to scoring documents from the last round of base closures …

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