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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

North Country Officials Focus on Potential School Cuts Triggered by Army Drawdown

  • July 13, 2014
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Under the worst-case scenario considered by the Army in its analysis of the impacts of trimming its active-duty end strength to 420,000, Fort Drum, N.Y., would lose up to 16,000 personnel. If the full reductions were realized, the economic consequences would overwhelm the region as the post’s total population of soldiers and civilians is only 19,000. Similarly, such an outcome would devastate area schools that support Fort Drum personnel, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in enrollment at public schools and a one-third cut in the number of students at the community college in neighboring Watertown …

Infinity Takes over UAS Park Project at Grand Forks AFB

  • July 13, 2014
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New Braunfels, Texas-based Infinity Development Partners has stepped in to become the developer of the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology park at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., after the existing developer backed out. Infinity has been involved in the enhanced use lease project since its inception through its work supporting Grand Forks County, which will be leasing a 217-acre site from the Air Force. The Grand Forks County Commission approved the change in developers last week …

Forbes Blasts Navy Plan to Deactivate Cruisers

  • July 13, 2014
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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, slammed the Navy’s plan to save $4.7 billion by taking 11 guided missile cruisers out of service for modernization. Forbes faulted the proposal during a hearing Thursday, saying there is no guarantee the ships would return to service since the money needed to update the cruisers may not be available. “I don’t think this is a phased modernization plan,” Forbes said, reported the Virginian-Pilot. “I think this is a phased euthanization plan, because when those ships go into dry dock, we have no assurance they’re coming back …

Southern Maryland Leaders Look to Strengthen Pax River ahead of BRAC

  • July 13, 2014
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With outstanding facilities, an ideal location and a large swath of controlled airspace, Naval Air Station Patuxent River is in a favorable position with a possible BRAC round looming, but officials in southern Maryland believe there is more to do to bolster the installation’s standing after finding out the results of an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. “There’s nothing popping up out of the study suggesting something we can’t handle,” Robin Finnacom, acting director of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, told Southern Maryland News. Most interesting was the $60,000 report’s conclusion that one of the installation’s most valuable attributes, the complexity and unique characteristics of its missions, poses a potential weakness …

APG Hosts Area Students for STEM Internship

  • July 11, 2014
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Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., this week launched its latest initiative to foster area students with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The two-week pilot is providing an opportunity for 16 Harford County high school students to work with engineers and scientists at the Army installation located northeast of Baltimore and gain hands-on lab experience in multiple STEM fields, reported Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) public affairs. The program is hosted by CECOM and the Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center. The students have been matched with their subject preferences, including cyber security software development, information assurance, mission command capabilities, battlefield simulation and virtual prototyping. “STEM professions drive innovation and are vital for the future competitiveness of the U.S.,” said Larry Muzzelo, director of the CECOM Software Engineering Center.

LRA Issues RFQ for 3,000-Acre Navy Base in Eastern Puerto Rico

  • July 10, 2014
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Puerto Rico’s Local Redevelopment Authority is seeking responses to a recently issued request for qualifications (RFQ) for master developers for the redevelopment of Roosevelt Roads, the island’s former U.S. Navy Base in Cieba. The RFQ includes 3,000 acres of prime Caribbean coastline that is ideal for hotel properties, ecotourism, marinas, light industrial, casinos, educational institutions and other mixed-use development …

Navy, Guam Celebrate Opening of Island’s Main Highway

  • July 10, 2014
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Officials from the Navy and Guam held a ribbon cutting Wednesday for the island’s reconstructed main thoroughfare in Hagatna, a $16.4 million federally funded project needed to accommodate the relocation of thousands of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa to Guam. Improvements included the removal and replacement of the six-lane bridge over the Agana River in the capital and the addition of new lanes linking the two roads for motorists traversing to the southern end of the island, reported Navy public affairs. “This was the Department of Defense’s work on outside-the-fence contracts,” said Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo …

Ft. Eustis Faces Uncertainty over Army Downsizing

  • July 10, 2014
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Fort Eustis is losing only 333 personnel following the Army’s decision last year for restructuring its forces as its eliminates 10 brigade combat teams, but now officials are considering trimming as many as 4,200 soldiers and civilians from the southeastern Virginia post. While the Army’s latest effort to reduce its end strength by an additional 70,000 troops to a size of 420,000 personnel is worrisome, local officials aren’t panicking. “The impact is not as severe as it looks at first blush,” said Craig Quigley, executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance …

DLA Outsourcing Plan Could Cost Pennsylvania Depot Hundreds of Jobs

  • July 10, 2014
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A federal employees union says a plan being considered by the Defense Logistics Agency to outsource the stocking of parts for military equipment could jeopardize up to 600 federal jobs, including 450 at a depot outside of Harrisburg, Pa. DLA Distribution Susquehanna would lose an estimated 450 workers if the agency goes ahead with a proposal to rely on the private sector to store military parts, a function which accounts for 30 percent of the depot’s work, Tim Schaming, vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told the Sentinel. Schaming said the plan would cost DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., about 150 jobs …

Replacing Uniformed Personnel with Civilians Would Save Billions, CBO Says

  • July 10, 2014
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The Pentagon could save $19 billion from fiscal 2014-2023 by replacing 70,000 service members with civilian employees, according to a recent presentation by a Congressional Budget Office analyst. The 70,000 military personnel could be replaced with only 47,000 civilian workers partially because civilians have fewer ancillary responsibilities, reported Army Times. Other advantages to using civilians include savings from lower costs for pay and benefits, less frequent transfers and a reduced need for job-specific training …

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