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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

City Eager to Move Ahead with Redevelopment Decades after Nebraska Depot’s Closure

  • May 6, 2014
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Officials in Sidney, located in Nebraska’s Panhandle, plan to rely on tax increment financing to redevelop the former Sioux Army Depot, more than 40 years after it closed. The city’s plans were spurred by a new law, LB66, allowing cities to take advantage of tax increment financing for blighted military installations outside of city limits. Sidney will become the first city to take advantage of the new statute …

Army Begins Analysis to Decide Where Additional Units Will Be Eliminated

  • May 6, 2014
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Army officials are gathering data at 30 installations that could lose more than 10,000 soldiers when the service’s end strength falls to 450,000 soldiers or fewer. The data will be used to assess the socioeconomic impact of possible cuts to installations and their surrounding communities, Brig. Gen. Roger Cloutier, director of force management, told Army Times. A reduction to a total force of 980,000 soldiers — including 450,000 in the active Army, 335,000 in the Army National Guard, and 195,000 in the Army Reserve — is slated to be carried out by fiscal year 2017 …

Eight Lawmakers, Massachusetts Governor among 2014 Defense Community Awardees

  • May 6, 2014
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Fifteen leaders, organizations and communities will be honored in Washington next month as recipients of the 2014 Defense Community Awards. ADC announced the winners today and will formally recognize them June 5 at the 2nd Annual Defense Community Awards Congressional Breakfast being held in conjunction with the Defense Communities National Summit. “The committee was impressed with the high quality of the nominations we reviewed,” said Celeste Werner, chair of the 2014 Awards Advisory Committee and vice president of Matrix Design Group. “This year’s awards winners demonstrate the significance of innovation in defense communities and showcase the exceptional accomplishments of elected officials, public servants and military leaders across the country …

Lawmakers to Offer New Plan for Reviewing Army’s Restructuring Proposal

  • May 6, 2014
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The sponsors of a House bill that would suspend the Army’s plan to shift the National Guard’s 192 Apache attack helicopters to active-duty units plan to offer an alternative plan today when the House Armed Services Committee marks up its portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The amendment, sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Bill Enyart (D-Ill.), still would freeze the Army’s plan to move the Apaches, reports CQ Roll Call. In addition, it would limit the Army’s plan to reduce the end strength of its active forces and the National Guard until the Pentagon completes an analysis of the changes …

Smith Proposal Would Reform BRAC Process

  • May 6, 2014
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An amendment that Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, plans to offer to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill approving a new BRAC round will call for a variety of reforms intended to address lawmakers’ most common criticisms of the base closure process. “Given that the last BRAC round transformed more than it closed and has cost more and saved less than original estimates, members of Congress have justifiable reservations about giving the Department of Defense authority to conduct another round …

Massachusetts Reserve Base Losing Aircraft, Personnel

  • May 6, 2014
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Westover Air Reserve Base in western Massachusetts will lose half its C-5 cargo planes starting in March 2015 and about 335 personnel beginning in October 2015, officials announced last week. Eight of the 439th Airlift Wing’s 16 transport aircraft will relocate to Joint Base San Antonio as part of an upgrade of the C-5 fleet, reported Air Force Times. The wing is expected to lose 59 full-time enlisted personnel and 275 reservists. The move, a consequence of budget cuts, will not mean the end of the air wing or the base. “We’ll remain strong. It’s a wonderful base, we have great support from the community and we plan on being here for the long haul,” said Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing.

Subcommittee Requests Report on Benefits of Recommendations Promoting Joint Activities

  • May 5, 2014
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee remains concerned that BRAC 2005 recommendations requiring the services to merge or consolidate functions to operate more jointly were not effectively carried out, obviating cost-saving opportunities, according to report language accompanying the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. To evaluate the benefits of DOD actions to implement recommendations intended to reduce infrastructure and promote “jointness,” the panel directs the Government Accountability Office to prepare a report …

Smith Criticizes Policy Bill for Postponing ‘Difficult Choices’

  • May 5, 2014
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Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) on Monday attacked the chairman’s mark of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill for failing “to make the difficult choices necessary to address crushing financial constraints placed on this budget by Congress.” Unless sequestration is repealed, said Smith, the House Armed Services Committee’s ranking member, lawmakers will need to evaluate cost-cutting proposals based on their national security merit rather than parochial interests …

Chairman’s Mark Derides Administration’s Repeated BRAC Requests

  • May 5, 2014
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In endorsing last week’s decision by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee to reject DOD’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) made clear the reasons he opposes additional realignments and closures. “The committee maintains its long held concern that BRAC rounds do not yield true savings but rather impose large upfront costs only then to shift property between federal agencies,” according to the committee’s summary of its portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill …

Committee Chair Rejects DOD’s Compensation Reforms; Adjusts A-10 Fleet Retirement

  • May 5, 2014
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The full committee portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill rejects most of the Obama administration’s proposed reforms to military benefits, including plans to slash subsidies for commissaries and slow increases in the basic allowance for housing. The chairman’s mark rejects other cost-saving reforms in the Pentagon’s FY 2015 budget as well, including plans to retire the Navy’s 11th aircraft carrier and to hold a new BRAC round in 2017. The legislation, however, embraces in part the Air Force’s proposal to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft …

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