• County Economic Development Director Underscores Challenges in Finding New Uses for Closed Bases

    County Economic Development Director Underscores Challenges in Finding New Uses for Closed Bases0

    A new round of base closures may allow the Pentagon to redirect spending on unneeded facilities into higher priority requirements, but advocates for a sixth BRAC round shouldn’t promote the process as one defense communities can readily recover from, says the head of an economic development organization helping to address a realignment in south central Pennsylvania. “No one should think it’s an easy process,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., which has been supporting the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority in its efforts to convert almost 1,500 acres to commercial use since Letterkenny Army Depot was realigned following the 1995 round of BRAC …

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  • Last C-130 from Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Set to Depart

    Last C-130 from Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Set to Depart0

    The last C-130H from Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing will leave the post’s Pope Field Wednesday for the Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson in one of the final steps before the Air Force Reserve unit is formally inactivated. The last significant hurdle to the Air Force’s effort to shutter the unit was crossed in February when the Army’s top civilian and military leaders agreed to the plan in February. In May, the Air Force notified Congress that it would go ahead with its plan to shutter the airlift wing, reported the Fayetteville Observer. North Carolina’s congressional delegation had fought to postpone the unit’s elimination since the Air Force first proposed it as a cost-cutting measure in early 2014 …

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  • March JPA Votes to Craft Road Map toward Dissolution

    March JPA Votes to Craft Road Map toward Dissolution0

    The March Joint Powers Authority (JPA) will begin to plan for its eventual dissolution following last week’s unanimous vote by the group’s board. “Why not think about it and review it and discuss it now, when it doesn’t have to happen, rather than wait and potentially have a dogfight when it has to happen?” said Kevin Jeffries, who sits on the JPA board and also is a Riverside County supervisor. The vote follows a similar resolution approved in May by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and comes two decades after March Air Force Base in Southern California was realigned …

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  • Chemical Warfare Units to Leave Aberdeen0

    A battalion responsible for handling chemical and biological hazards began its relocation from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Friday with a casing ceremony. Two companies of the 22nd CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Battalion will be moving to Fort Bliss, Texas; one company will move to Fort Hood, Texas; and a fourth will go to Fort Stewart, Ga. A fifth company based at Fort Drum will remain at the New York post. In total, 266 soldiers will be relocating from Aberdeen by July 2017 …

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  • St. Louis Site Chosen over Scott AFB Location for Mapping Agency Headquarters

    St. Louis Site Chosen over Scott AFB Location for Mapping Agency Headquarters0

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency last week opted to build its new $1.6 billion western headquarters in North St. Louis, bypassing a site in southwestern Illinois adjacent to Scott Air Force Base. The hard-fought competition left state and local officials from Illinois pledging to have the selection reversed during the public comment period before it becomes final. “In light of the preliminary decision by the NGA, I will take full advantage of the comment period to point out that Illinois is best equipped to protect men and women in uniform,” said Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk …

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  • OEA Awards Grants to Texas, Wisconsin Communities to Address Downsizing0

    The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is awarding community economic adjustment grants totaling $1.3 million to local officials in East Central Wisconsin and Northeast Texas following the loss of more than 1,000 positions at each location, the Defense Department announced Thursday. The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission will receive $837,315 to support the region’s response to the loss of 1,200 positions at Oshkosh Corp.’s Defense Division …

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