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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

Residents Show up at LRA Meeting to Oppose Ft. McPherson Sale

  • September 17, 2014
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More than 100 residents showed up Tuesday at a regular meeting of the Fort McPherson LRA to air their concerns about the authority’s agreement to sell two-thirds of the post to filmmaker Tyler Perry. Many community members turned out after receiving calls from state Sen. Vincent Fort and a local nonprofit upset that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had abandoned the mixed-use plan for the site that the LRA had spent years crafting, according to the Saporta Report. Fort told the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority that he was concerned about the lack of community engagement regarding the decision to sell 330 acres of the 488-acre site to Perry …

Northeastern Maryland Communities Embark on Land Use Study for Proving Ground

  • September 17, 2014
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Residents, business leaders and local officials from communities surrounding Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., gathered at two public workshops this week to learn about the joint land use study being launched to ensure land uses around the installation remain compatible with its existing and future missions. The study is expected to focus on a variety of issues that could result in conflicts — including noise, safety zones, light and glare, vertical obstructions, roadway capacity and air quality, according to the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, which is coordinating the effort …

Navy’s Number Two Installations Official Stepping Down

  • September 17, 2014
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Roger Natsuhara, who has served as both the Navy’s top energy and installations official in an interim capacity as well as the top deputy, is stepping down this week after serving five years with the department’s office of the assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. Natsuhara is moving to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he will become vice president for design and construction, according to a Navy spokesperson. Since he was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary in August 2009, Natsuhara has been at the helm of several major initiatives …

Senate Expected to Send CR to President Today

  • September 17, 2014
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The Senate on Thursday plans to quickly approve a fiscal 2015 continuing resolution to keep the federal government running through Dec. 11, after the House on Wednesday passed the measure by a 319-108 vote. The Senate will debate the stopgap for up to four-and-a-half hours Thursday afternoon before taking a final vote, reported CQ. The chamber won’t need to hold a separate vote on authorizing the United States to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State since the House added that language as an amendment to the CR on Wednesday …

Pentagon Names New Facilities Energy Director

  • September 16, 2014
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Lisa Jung, who has been serving as the acting director of DOD’s facilities energy and privatization directorate, was named the office’s director, the department announced Tuesday. Jung also was appointed to the Senior Executive Service. She has served as the acting director since earlier this year after Joe Sikes left the position. Jung previously served as a program analyst in the department. The facilities energy and privatization directorate, part of the office of the deputy undersecretary for installations and energy, is responsible for issuing facility energy policy and guidance, coordinating the department’s facility energy strategy, engaging with DOD components and coordinating all congressional reports related to facility energy.

Planned Cuts to Air Force Units in Europe May Be Postponed

  • September 16, 2014
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Planned cuts to Air Force units based in Europe may be delayed over concerns about Russia’s intentions toward Ukraine and Eastern Europe, defense officials said Tuesday. “I see this building now moving towards a review of those decisions,” Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command, told reporters at the Pentagon. The department had intended to retire 21 overseas F-15C fighter jets — believed to be located at RAF Lakenheath, England — in fiscal 2015, but Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said she would like to keep that unit in place for the time being …

Governor Plugs Importance of North Carolina’s Installations

  • September 16, 2014
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At a meeting of the state’s Military Affairs Commission Tuesday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) highlighted the strategic value of the state’s military installations, while pointing out the need to continue supporting the bases on the local level. McCrory said he had been told by the commander of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point that community support for the base was strong, a statement he had heard throughout the installations he has visited. “I hear that at every one of our bases and I think that is so important for all of us …

Army’s Push to Promote Large-Scale Renewable Projects Hits Stride

  • September 16, 2014
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After three years, and two weeks from becoming a permanent organization, the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force’s pipeline of prospective projects is essentially full. The task force, created in September 2011 to bolster the energy security of Army installations and help the service meet federal mandates to shift its reliance toward renewable energy, has identified more viable projects than it has the resources to pursue, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the task force, said Tuesday during a session of the Fifth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum. “We have one of the largest and most defined renewable energy project pipelines in the country …

CR on Path for Approval

  • September 16, 2014
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As the House on Tuesday began to debate an amendment to a fiscal 2015 continuing resolution authorizing the administration to support Syrian rebels, there appears to be sufficient bipartisan support in both chambers to pass the amendment along with the underlying stopgap spending bill. The House is expected to finish floor debate and vote on the amendment and CR on Wednesday. The Senate plans to vote on the stopgap, which would fund the federal government through Dec. 11, by the end of the week …

Air Force Announces Criteria for Selecting Installation Support Center Headquarters

  • September 15, 2014
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The Air Force on Monday released the criteria it will use to select candidate locations for the headquarters for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the newly created organization that will consolidate installation management functions currently being performed at every major command. Officials will evaluate 10 installations as potential candidates against the approved criteria and plan to identify candidates for the headquarters in the fall of 2014, according to a press release. The 10 installations include Barksdale AFB, La.; Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Joint Base Andrews, Md.; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Peterson AFB, Colo.; Scott AFB, Ill.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio …

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