• Outsourcing, Mission Changes to Shape Installation of the Future

    Outsourcing, Mission Changes to Shape Installation of the Future1

    The Army’s real property footprint can be expected to evolve incrementally as past decisions about the role of the service’s installations continue to exert a critical influence on its infrastructure, according to an appendix in the Army’s new strategic framework for supporting its installation requirements. But several changes already are shaping the installation of the future, starting with a trend toward greater outsourcing for both installation and mission support activities. The extent to which an installation can rely on the surrounding community for support services — including housing, childcare, recreation and retail — will depend on local conditions …

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  • Ohio Air Reserve Station Partners with City to Rebuild Landmark

    Ohio Air Reserve Station Partners with City to Rebuild Landmark0

    Members of the Air Force Reserve’s 910th Civil Engineer Squadron, based at Youngstown Air Reserve Station in northeastern Ohio, last month partnered with a neighboring community to rebuild a wooden staircase leading from Veteran’s Park in the city of Newton Falls to the riverside. The three-week project, which required the 910th to demolish the existing stairs and design and build a new staircase, was identified through local efforts to implement the Air Force Community Partnership program. Newton Falls provided project materials and the 910th Airlift Wing provided engineering and manpower at no cost to the city, said City Manager Jack Haney …

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  • Ft. Stewart Opens Sports Facilities to Public

    Ft. Stewart Opens Sports Facilities to Public0

    Beginning next week, shooting sports facilities at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia will be open to the general public. At Fort Stewart, paintball facilities along with skeet/trap, archery, and rifle and pistol ranges will be available; at Hunter Army Airfield, paintball facilities will be open. Fort Stewart’s facilities are located just outside the post’s security gates. Hunter’s skeet/trap range, though, is located within its gates. Civilians who do not have government-issued identification cards already are permitted to use golf courses at the two locations, along with Stewart’s bowling lanes and Club Stewart …

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  • State Signs on to Ft. Leonard Wood Region’s Partnership Charter

    State Signs on to Ft. Leonard Wood Region’s Partnership Charter0

    The state of Missouri has added its support to the local effort to discuss partnership opportunities and collaborations that can benefit Fort Leonard Wood and the central Missouri region. Joe Driskill, Missouri’s military advocate, last month added his signature to the Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership charter, an agreement initially signed in January by the garrison commander, neighboring communities and civic organizations to provide a forum for local leaders to pursue ideas and concepts for new partnerships …

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  • Partnerships, Trimming Facilities Footprint Are Keys for New ACSIM

    Partnerships, Trimming Facilities Footprint Are Keys for New ACSIM0

    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 …

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  • Travis AFB, Neighbors to Explore Potential for Greater Partnering

    Travis AFB, Neighbors to Explore Potential for Greater Partnering0

    Leaders from Travis Air Force Base in northern California and surrounding communities have signed a memorandum of understanding to increase collaboration under the Air Force Community Partnership program, an initiative aimed at enhancing mission effectiveness for the base and quality of life for personnel at Travis and their neighbors. The agreement also established the Travis Community Partnership Leadership Committee, according to the base’s public affairs office. Mayors from Fairfield, Vacaville, Suisun City, Dixon, Vallejo and Benicia signed the agreement, along with the chairwoman of the Solano County Board of Supervisors and a representative from the Solano Economic Development Corp. The mayor of Rio Vista plans to sign the agreement shortly …

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