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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

Dayton Partnership Seeks to Strengthen Ties to Wright-Patterson

  • August 7, 2014
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The Dayton Development Coalition is forming a regional collaborative to strengthen links between southwestern Ohio and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as part of a broad effort to help the installation weather pending budget cuts. The Dayton Regional Military Collaborative will be aimed at a wide variety of issues, including shared infrastructure, health care, cyber, aerospace and workforce, said Maurice McDonald, the coalition’s executive vice president of defense and aerospace …

Air Force Establishes Provisional Installation Support Center at JB Andrews

  • August 7, 2014
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The Air Force on Friday will stand up a provisional version of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the new organization that will consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities now performed at 10 major commands and two direct reporting unit staffs. The center’s temporary headquarters will be at Joint Base Andrews, Md., with Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter as its provisional commander, officials announced Thursday. Carter has been developing the strategy and implementation plan for the center while serving as the special assistant to the commander of Air Force Materiel Command …

NAS Jacksonville Earns Praise from Visitors

  • August 6, 2014
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The Florida Defense Support Task Force came aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville last month to tour the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast and a maritime patrol squadron as part of its duties to promote the state’s military installations. According to consultants interviewed by the Florida Times-Union, the air station is well positioned to survive future base closings and, possibly, grow. “As for the future, I can confidently say that NAS Jacksonville will not close. The base may lose some military billets due to sequestration — which may also reduce base operating funds,” said Charlie Battaglia with the Principi Group. James Hinkle of the Spectrum Group praised the readiness center’s extensive capabilities to work on multiple aircraft, including the F/A-18 and P-3. “And don’t forget the base’s growing support for unmanned aerial vehicles. You can see that people take good care of this base and that it’s ready for more growth,” he said.

End of Quest for All 50 States to Adopt Schools Compact in Sight

  • August 6, 2014
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The aim of state education officials and the Pentagon for all 50 states to adopt an interstate agreement designed to smooth the transition for military children transferring to a new school district is almost at hand, after New Hampshire last week became the 49th state to adopt the pact. The lone remaining state, New York, already has approved legislation adopting the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children; its governor is expected to sign the measure shortly …

With ESPC, Ft. Buchanan on Track to Meeting Net Zero Goals

  • August 6, 2014
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An energy savings performance contract (ESPC) awarded less than two years ago is helping Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, achieve the Army’s net zero energy and water goals, and saving millions of dollars annually at the same time. The $34 million contract, awarded to Johnson Controls, is the Army Corps of Engineer’s only ESPC that includes wind power generation, reported the Corps’ Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. Two wind turbines at the installation will produce an estimated 5 percent of the facility’s energy consumption …

Pease Guard Base Selected as Home for New Tankers

  • August 6, 2014
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The Air Force on Wednesday affirmed its selection of Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., as its first main operating base for the KC-46A led by an Air National Guard unit, after completing the environmental analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act. Officials had selected Pease as their preferred alternative in May 2013 after assessing operational considerations, installation attributes, and economic and environmental factors. “The Air Force chose this base using operational analysis, results of site surveys and military judgment factors …

Ft. Monmouth LRA Considering Purchase of Former Post

  • August 6, 2014
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The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) is considering purchasing from the Army the 850 surplus acres at the former New Jersey post that have not yet been sold or are not under contract in an attempt to simplify the process of selling the property. Officials from the LRA, Monmouth County and the county improvement authority plan to meet this month to discuss a possible purchase, reported the Star-Ledger. The improvement authority would finance the purchase. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority would become the property owner …

White House Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness Gains Momentum

  • August 5, 2014
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A White House challenge to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 has now been taken up by leaders in 182 communities across the nation, with 100 local officials signing on since June. First Lady Michelle Obama applauded the effort last week as she noted that the more than 58,000 homeless American veterans represent a “stain on the soul of this nation …

Government to Close Military Base Housing for Child Migrants

  • August 5, 2014
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Within the next two months, the government will close the three emergency shelters it set up at military installations to house unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally. The move comes as the Department of Health of Human Services has expanded its capacity to accommodate the children in standard shelters which are less costly, an agency spokesman told Military Times. The rate at which children are being caught crossing into the United States also has dropped …

Leaders Urge Residents to Stay Engaged as Army Considers Potential Cuts at Aberdeen

  • August 5, 2014
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At a public forum on Monday, officials in northeastern Maryland underscored the need for area residents to both understand how the personnel cuts contemplated for Aberdeen Proving Ground could harm the surrounding community and demonstrate their support for the installation as the Army considers how to eliminate up to 70,000 soldiers for a second time this decade. “We need you to sign this declaration [of support], we need you to submit your comments, and we need you to become an informed defense community,” said Harford County Executive David Craig …

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