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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Michigan Delegation Touts Selfridge ANGB

  • September 3, 2015
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Seven members of Michigan’s congressional delegation toured Selfridge Air National Guard Base on Wednesday as part of a two-day tour of the state’s military installations. Officials at Selfridge highlighted the fact that all U.S. military branches and the Coast Guard work out of the Detroit-area installation. Following the tour, which also included the Detroit Arsenal, the lawmakers discussed the uniqueness of the facilities and the importance of putting aside partisan concerns to promote the installations and their missions …

Concord Finds New Redevelopment Director

  • September 2, 2015
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Concord officials have selected Guy Bjerke, a former mayor of the city, to succeed Michael Wright to spearhead the redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, located in the East Bay region in northern California. Wright is retiring after serving as executive director of the redevelopment project for more than nine years. However, he will continue as an independent consultant for the next several months, according to a press release from the city. Wright will focus on completing the selection of a master developer for the project and finishing property transfer negotiations with the Navy …

Missouri Law Creates Office to Advocate for Military Installations

  • September 2, 2015
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Legislation recently enacted in Missouri will establish an Office of Military Advocate, an organization responsible for promoting the military services and installations within the state, as well as creating a strategic plan to sustain the military’s presence. The office, which will be housed within the Missouri Department of Economic Development, also will support the state Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission, reported the Marshall Democrat-News. The advocate would serve as the liaison between state and federal branches of government, and keep Missouri officials and defense communities up-to-date regarding BRAC actions and potential downsizing, according to a press release from Gov. Jay Nixon (D). The military advocate will be appointed by the governor for a six-year term …

New Year Ushers in New Funding for Texas Program Supporting Installations

  • September 1, 2015
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With state funding to help support local installations available for the first time in years, defense communities in Texas are eager to apply for the state’s defense economic adjustment assistance grant program. Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature allocated $30 million in assistance for defense communities in the state’s budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium. The Ellington Field Task Force, for instance, is seeking funds to upgrade the air traffic control tower at Houston’s Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, reports the Texas Tribune. “With all the refineries and chemical plants around the Port of Houston, we’ve got major national security assets in the Houston area that really need to be protected,” said John Martinec, chairman of the task force …

Hotel Groundbreaking at Brooks City Base Could Prompt Additional Development

  • August 28, 2015
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Last week’s groundbreaking at Brooks City Base for an Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel could mark the start of a boom in investment in the hotel and tourism industry at the project located on San Antonio’s South Side. One factor expected to play a role in boosting tourism south of downtown San Antonio is the recent designation by UNESCO of the city’s five historic missions — the Alamo and four other Spanish colonial missions — as a World Heritage Site, reports the San Antonio Business Journal. Three of the missions are near Brooks. “I expect that the World Heritage designation of our missions will only lead to additional opportunities,” Brooks City Base President Leo Gomez told the publication. Brooks needed to convince Phoenix Hospitality Group, which will develop and manage the new Embassy Suites, to take a chance on the Southeast Side …

High-Tech Workforce Represents Key Asset for Massachusetts Bases

  • August 28, 2015
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Massachusetts officials are highlighting the state’s concentration of high-tech talent, including academic and industry resources, as the state promotes its six military installations ahead of a possible BRAC round. “As all of this stuff has gotten more and more technologically sophisticated over the course of this past decade or so, what we do here I think becomes even more important,” Gov. Charlie Baker told WBUR following a trip to Washington, D.C., in July to meet with lawmakers and Pentagon officials. In an interview with WBUR last week following a visit to Hanscom Air Force Base, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James indicated her department values the state’s skilled workforce …

Virginia to Hand over Acreage for Ft. Monroe Monument to Park Service

  • August 25, 2015
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Tuesday is expected to transfer the state’s portion of the property that makes up Fort Monroe National Monument to the National Park Service. The transfer will include 112 acres of the North Beach area on the historic post, located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Parade Grounds, Old Quarters 1, Lee’s Quarters and Engineer’s Quarters, reported the Daily Press. The properties are a portion of the entire monument which was established by President Obama four years ago. The monument includes parts of the moat, stone casemate, parade grounds inside the moat and a 235-acre swath of the North Beach area …

Groundwater Contamination Slows Handover of NAS Willow Grove

  • August 21, 2015
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Talks between the Navy and the Horsham LRA over the terms for conveying the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove most likely will not be completed until officials determine how they will clean up perfluorinated compounds discovered last year in the groundwater on and around the property located north of Philadelphia. The Navy “has been aggressively attacking the problem,” according to Michael McGee, executive director of the LRA, but the redevelopment authority still needs to revise its purchase proposal and other planning documents as a result of the contamination. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering what remedy will be required to clean up the chemicals, which were used in firefighting foams …

The Past Lingers at Two Former Airfields

  • August 18, 2015
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A North Carolina fine art photographer drawn to long-forgotten, abandoned places has released a series of photos of decaying buildings at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill.
The village of Rantoul has reused some of the Air Force facilities, but many are badly deteriorated after remaining untouched for decades, reports We are the Mighty. The publication features eight photos by Walter Arnold shot at Chanute, which was shuttered in 1993. The installation was closed as a result of the 1988 BRAC round. Arnold did not get permission to access Chanute, but entered the site anyway. “Of all the locations that I have showcases online, Chanute has had the most response …

District Finds Room for Homeless Veterans at Walter Reed

  • August 14, 2015
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Help USA, a national group founded almost 30 years ago by current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, plans to renovate a series of single-occupant apartments at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, under a deal being negotiated by the Army and the District of Columbia. The project, slated to include 75 efficiency apartments, would be the only component of the city’s redevelopment plan for 66.5 acres at the medical campus aimed at veterans, reported the New York Times. “It’s an iconic setting,” Thomas Hameline, president and CEO of the nonprofit which has launched veterans programs in four states, said of the historic hospital in northwest Washington …

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