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James Makes Air Force Community Partnership Program Official Policy

  • September 1, 2014
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The Air Force has embraced DOD’s new authority allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with host communities since it become law in January 2013, and now the service’s Community Partnership Program has become official with Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James’ signing of a new policy directive. The service has been applying the new section 331 authority — which allows installations to enter into agreements with local governments to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions — at dozens of locations in an effort to trim base operating costs. The new statute, along with the July 24 guidance signed by James, provides the Air Force broad authority to implement installation-community partnerships, said Steven Zander, director of the Community Partnership Program …

Prospect of Further Army Downsizing Generates Massive Public Response

  • September 1, 2014
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Army Environmental Command (AEC) has received tens of thousands of public comments to the service’s assessment of the environmental and economic impacts from shrinking its active-duty end strength to 420,000 troops by 2020, far surpassing the response last year to the analysis prepared for a previous round of cuts. As of last Wednesday, the command had received more than 40,000 public comments from supporters of the 30 installations included in the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA), with additional deliveries yet to be counted. The deadline for submitting comments was Aug. 25 …

Note from the Editor

  • August 26, 2014
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360 will be taking an extended break for Labor Day weekend and will next publish on Sept. 2. Enjoy the weekend!

Georgia Breaks Ground on Veterans Training Center near Robins AFB

  • August 26, 2014
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Georgia officials last week broke ground outside of Robins Air Force Base on a $10 million education and training center designed to assist veterans transitioning to civilian careers. The Georgia military academic training center — a partnership between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia — will serve as a gateway for veterans as they re-enter Georgia’s workforce and systems of higher education …

Housing Developer Files Suit over Property Tax Assessment at Eielson AFB

  • August 26, 2014
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Corvias Air Force Living, the family housing developer at Eielson Air Force Base, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week to stop the Fairbanks North Star Borough from assessing property taxes on about 900 homes it manages at the installation. Because the Air Force had leased the land where the housing is located to a private entity, the borough assessed the developer a $1.8 million tax bill for the current year. The borough and Corvias had entered negotiations to reach agreement on a payment in lieu of taxes that would have lowered the bill to $580,000, but a deal was never reached …

State Senator Urges Army to Scrutinize Ft. McPherson Sale to Tyler Perry

  • August 26, 2014
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State Sen. Vincent Fort (D), whose district includes the former Fort McPherson, is asking the Army to consider the repercussions of allowing the LRA to sell two-thirds of the post to filmmaker Tyler Perry, given the many years spent by community members crafting a mixed-use plan for the site. The proposed sale is “an abandonment of the approved … plan and is a betrayal of the citizens of East Point and Atlanta,” Fort said in an Aug. 7 letter to Army Secretary John McHugh. “There was a master plan in process that went on for several years,” he told Army Times last week …

Budget Pressures Spurring Greater Integration among Air Force Components, Chief Says

  • August 26, 2014
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The functions and roles of the Air Force’s active-duty, Guard and reserve components will continue to be further integrated, the service’s top officer told several thousand members of the National Guard on Saturday. “If we can become more efficient as an Air Force without losing operational capability, by putting more things in the Air Guard and reserve component, then why wouldn’t we?” Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told the general conference of the National Guard Association of the United States …

Army Task Force Hashes out Force Structure Changes, Other Strategic Issues

  • August 26, 2014
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Army Undersecretary Brad Carson, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell and other senior Army leaders have been meeting weekly to figure out the best way for the service to address a variety of strategic decisions, including personnel cuts and other changes stemming from stringent spending caps. “The future [decisions] will be about all of the issues you can imagine … from controlling compensation, cyber and the Army strategic planning process,” Carson said of the forums. “There are probably 20 or 30 different budget issues and programming issues that are important in the Army …

Unused Runway Converted to Training Site for Air Reserve Programs

  • August 26, 2014
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A dead runway at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., is now being used to train airmen for a variety of occupations, including tractor trailer and crane operators, and explosive ordnance disposal technicians. Dobbins donated the runway and several acres of land to the Air Force Reserve Command’s Expeditionary Combat Support Training Certification Center in 2001, according to Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs. AFCEC manages some of the training programs offered by the training center; other programs include mobile aircraft arresting systems and use of the reverse osmosis water purification unit …

Moody AFB Tapped to Host Afghan Training Mission

  • August 26, 2014
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The Air Force has selected Moody AFB, Ga., as the stateside training location to train the Afghan Air Force to fly and maintain a fleet of A-29 aircraft, after completing its environmental analysis. In June, officials announced Moody as its preferred alternative, with Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and Shaw AFB, S.C., named as reasonable alternatives for the mission proposed to last from 2014 through 2018 …

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