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Army Plans for Prospect of Additional Growth at Fort Belvoir

  • October 21, 2014
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Officials at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia — which already ballooned to a population of 40,000 following the last round of base closures — now are planning for the possibility of additional growth that could take its population up to 56,700 workers by 2030. The planning exercise comes as the Army finishes updating the post’s 1993 master plan, a document that will guide development and transportation improvements over the next two to three decades, reports the Washington Business Journal. And while local officials embrace the prospect of further growth in Fairfax County, just as they did as new missions started to arrive in the aftermath of BRAC 2005, they are equally concerned about the impact on traffic …

Air Force Proposes Expanding Utah Range to Prevent Encroachment

  • October 21, 2014
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The Air Force needs to add about 700,000 acres around the perimeter of the Utah Test and Training Range to protect F-35 flight training from potential encroachment, officials told about 50 residents at a public meeting Monday in western Utah. “If someone puts a wind farm there, I’m done testing,” Chris Robinson, the range’s director of operations, said while pointing to a map of the proposed expansion area. A wind farm would obstruct the airspace around the range and create electronic interference …

Can Base Redevelopment Projects Attract Young Entrepreneurs?

  • October 21, 2014
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When it comes to site selection, the next generation of entrepreneurs is looking for a set of attributes much different than their parents were. Millennials are placing a much greater emphasis on accessible work locations with plenty of live and play options. That means a focus on amenities such shopping and eating, and outdoor spaces for recreation. Next month’s 2014 Base Redevelopment Forum in San Francisco will feature a special session on the needs of young entrepreneurs designed to help local redevelopment authorities better prepare and market their properties …

Youngstown Air Base Offers First Responder Training to Local Fire Departments

  • October 21, 2014
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In its first initiative under the Air Force’s Community Partnership Program, Youngstown Air Reserve Station hosted a first responder training event last week in conjunction with the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and the Ohio Fire Academy. The fire academy brought its innovative grain bin rescue training platform for a one-day session to help about 50 firefighters from local fire departments, including 14 from the 910th Civil Engineer Fire Department, gain experience rescuing workers trapped in grain bins …

Chattanooga Service Providers Gather to Support Veterans

  • October 21, 2014
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Dozens of veterans service groups in Chattanooga, Tenn., provided clothes, food, dental check-ups, flus shots, haircuts and other services during Operation Veteran Outreach on Sunday. The one-day event was part of Mayor Andy Berke’s push to end veteran homelessness by December 2016, reported the Chattanooga Times Free Press. It followed a recent initiative to count the city’s homeless residents. That effort counted 100 homeless people at 25 separate locations; about 20 percent were veterans. It’s one thing to provide services, the challenge is linking veterans with housing, according to Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition Executive Director Stephen Wright. The crux of the problem is the city lacks sufficient affordable housing, Wright told the newspaper.

It’s Official, Monterey Is World’s Language Capital

  • October 20, 2014
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Monterey County has trademarked the slogan, the “Language Capital of the World,” as part of an effort to raise the profile of one of its most unique assets ahead of a looming BRAC round. The slogan, which was officially registered for the city of Monterey from 1997 to 2007, celebrates the Presidio of Monterey, home of the Defense Language Institute. The Monterey County Business Council opted to register the entire county this time to promote the whole region, reported the Monterey Herald. “[Local military institutions] bring critical national security capability to the United States, as well as enrich this community and make us what we are,” Monterey Deputy City Manager Danial Pick …

Army Cyber Command Relocation Prompts Georgia Schools to Launch New Curriculum

  • October 20, 2014
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Two counties neighboring Fort Gordon are designing a curriculum in cybersecurity for high school students following the Army’s decision last December to consolidate its Cyber Command at the East Georgia post. The two school systems worked with Fort Gordon, Georgia Regents University and Augusta Technical College to create coursework to train students to protect computer networks, reported the Augusta Chronicle. The initiative is intended to make the schools more attractive to families moving to Augusta, and to provide students a path toward a growing career field …

Navy Postpones Estimated Date to Transfer NAS Willow Grove

  • October 20, 2014
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Environmental issues at the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, including the recent discovery of perfluorinated chemicals in the groundwater on and around the installation, are forcing the Navy to push back the property’s transfer to the Horsham LRA until late 2015 or early 2016. The Navy had been planning to turn over about 600 acres at the 862-acre site located north of Philadelphia at the end of 2014, Gregory Preston, director of the Navy’s BRAC Program Management Office East, told the LRA last week. The groundwater contamination had not been anticipated, Preston said. “It’s an unfortunate outcome …

Eglin Formalizes Partnerships with Host Communities

  • October 20, 2014
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Leaders from Eglin Air Force Base and neighboring communities in northwest Florida earlier this month signed multiple agreements designed to save money or leverage mutual benefits by sharing installation support services. Under one partnership, the installation will provide Okaloosa County excess concrete for use in creating artificial reefs. Offering the concrete to the county, which will use a contractor to haul the materials from the base, saves Eglin $40 per ton in removal costs, reports Eglin Public Affairs. “We never had this top level interaction that really focuses in on the mutual benefit,” County Commissioner Nathan Boyles …

Navy Weighs in on Concord Weapons Station Reuse Plan

  • October 20, 2014
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The Navy has issued a draft environmental impact statement for the reuse of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California, bringing the city of Concord one step closer to gaining ownership of the 5,000-acre property. The study evaluates the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan, which the city adopted in 2012, as well as an alternative that allows for higher intensity residential development. The city’s plan calls for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres near the North Concord/Martinez BART station, with about 70 percent of the site preserved as parkland or open space …

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