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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

House Milcon Panel Calls for BRAC Justification Study

  • April 21, 2015
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The House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee is directing the Defense Department to conduct a study to determine whether a new round of base closures is necessary, as part of its fiscal 2016 spending bill. The panel directs DOD to report by the end of the year its “initial assessment of excess inventory and cost personnel associated with that,” reported the Tampa Tribune. Florida Rep. David Jolly (R) told the paper he supports the provision calling for a BRAC justification study and isn’t hesitant to consider the administration’s request to hold a base closure round in 2017 …

Pennsylvania Holds Inaugural Meeting of Base Support Commission

  • April 20, 2015
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The 17-member Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission held its first meeting last week with the primary aim of protecting and promoting the state’s installations ahead of a future BRAC. “I am looking forward to working with my legislative colleagues as well as with economic development professionals and other volunteers on the commission to focus our efforts and activities that will protect and enhance the military value of our defense installations in serving our warfighters,” said state Sen. John Blake, a member of the commission who represents a district that includes Tobyhanna Army Depot. “We are aware that BRAC discussions will occur in Washington, D.C., in the years ahead. We need to work now to ensure Pennsylvania installations and Pennsylvania workers are not endangered by future BRAC decisions …

N.C. Delegation Will Continue to Oppose Effort to Shutter Airlift Wing

  • April 19, 2015
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North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said he would continue to fight the Air Force’s plan to deactivate Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing after officials last week released a long-waited reported justifying the move. The freshman senator said the plan to deactivate the 440th — an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field — would hinder the ability of airborne units at the post to quickly deploy to global hotspots. “Why on Earth would we jeopardize the training and readiness in that context — the only place on the planet where we do that? It just doesn’t make sense to me …

Eielson AFB to Keep F-16 Squadron

  • April 15, 2015
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Eielson Air Force Base will retain its F-16 squadron even if the installation located outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, becomes the home of two new squadrons of F-35A fighters, officials announced Tuesday. The Air Force had considered moving the base’s 18th Aggressor Squadron late last year after it named Eielson as the preferred alternative for 48 F-35s slated for the Pacific region. But the service determined that Eielson was “the most operationally sound option, as well as the most cost effective,” said Mark Pohlmeier, acting deputy assistant secretary for installations …

Lennar, Catellus Move on in Master Developer Competition for Concord Redevelopment

  • April 15, 2015
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The Concord City Council on Tuesday selected Lennar Urban and Catellus Development Corp. as finalists to redevelop the former Concord Naval Weapons Station into more than 12,000 units of housing and more than 6 million square feet of commercial property. The council is expected to select a master developer for the East Bay site in northern California this summer. Its decision matched an advisory board’s recommendation that Lennar and Catellus had more extensive experience converting closed bases into large-scale, mixed use projects than a third candidate, SunCal …

Nation Can’t Afford to Punt on BRAC, Texas Lawmaker Says

  • April 13, 2015
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Count Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) as one of the few lawmakers willing to let the Pentagon launch a sixth round of base closures. For the second-term lawmaker, the logic is relatively simple — with new threats emerging across the globe, DOD should be allowed to save money from weapons and installations it no longer needs so it can afford to preserve its existing end strength. “What you shouldn’t cut are personnel,” O’Rourke, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told El Paso Inc. He certainly understands why BRAC is hugely unpopular in Congress, but lawmakers can’t afford to ignore officials saying the military has about 20 percent excess infrastructure capacity. “I don’t want to continue to subsidize bases and installations that are not performing …

New Mexico Governor Signs Bill Streamlining Base Planning Panel

  • April 13, 2015
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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez last week signed legislation reducing the size of the state Military Base Planning Commission from 17 to 12 members. The change is intended to make the panel more nimble as it strives to protect New Mexico’s military assets, and means the commission will have nine representatives from the counties neighboring installations, two at-large representatives appointed from other counties and the lieutenant governor. The original bill, Senate Bill 369, would have eliminated the slot for the lieutenant governor …

Tourism Zone to Provide Development Incentives at Ft. Monroe

  • April 12, 2015
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The Hampton City Council last week created a tourism zone at the former Fort Monroe, Va., a designation providing tax incentives and financing options for hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related projects. The council established two zones, covering multiple neighborhoods. “Those areas are ripe for tourism-related growth and development,” said Hampton Economic Development Director Leonard Sledge. The most significant incentive localities can offer a developer under the state initiative is a tax arrangement covering up to 30 percent of a project’s total construction cost …

State Lawmakers Support Governor’s Budget Request to Preserve Joint Base MDL

  • April 9, 2015
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New Jersey senators are endorsing Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) proposal to spend $200,000 in fiscal 2016 on strategic planning and lobbying to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in a future base closure round. Some lawmakers favored investing even more money to support the joint base, reported the Burlington County Times. “Devastating is the only word I can think of if for any reason [a BRAC Commission] would view our joint base in a negative light,” said state Sen. Jennifer Beck …

Driverless Car Test Site at Closed Base to Provide Long-Term Gains to Concord

  • April 8, 2015
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Officials from the city of Concord and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority believe a new testing facility for self-driving cars established at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California will prove a boon for economic development and further the city’s pursuit of advanced manufacturing jobs. Last week the transportation authority announced that Honda would join Mercedes-Benz in testing autonomous vehicles at the 2,100-acre GoMentum Station, a research and testing hub for self-driving cars, vehicles equipped with technology to communicate with each other, “smart” traffic signals and other new technologies. The two auto manufacturers plan to take advantage of the shuttered base’s 20 miles of paved roads, including railroad crossings, parking lots, curved roadways, tunnels and streets laid out like a city grid …

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