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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Workers Demolish ‘Blue Cube’ at Onizuka AFS

  • April 17, 2014
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Crews working at the former Onizuka Air Force Station this week began demolishing the iconic building that once housed the Air Force’s operations center for reconnaissance satellites and space missions, known as the “Blue Cube,” in the latest phase of the effort to clear the 19-acre site in Sunnyvale, Calif., for redevelopment. Demolition of the Blue Cube should be complete next week but the distinctive Silicon Valley landmark will not totally fade away …

BRAC Criteria Need to Account for Intellectual Resources, House Panel Says

  • April 17, 2014
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The Pentagon should take into account the “intellectual capabilities” of the region surrounding an installation under consideration for realignment or closure, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The committee recommends that DOD add a new factor to the final BRAC selection criteria that takes into account a region’s intellectual capabilities, especially when considering academic and technical institutions …

Bruce Miller to Retire from Port San Antonio

  • April 17, 2014
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Bruce Miller, who has served for the past 12 years as the president and CEO of Port San Antonio, has announced plans to retire at the end of September. Shortly after Kelly Air Force Base formally closed in 2001, Miller joined Port San Antonio and began to transform the 1,900-acre site into a seamless part of San Antonio. Under his watch, Port San Antonio has become one of South Texas’ leading economic engines, with a focus on aerospace, government/military and logistics …

Brunswick Landing Helps Fuel Growth in Aviation Services in Maine

  • April 16, 2014
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The effort to convert Brunswick Landing into a high-tech business campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy, advanced composites and education already is playing a key role in encouraging growth in Maine’s aviation services industry. The former Brunswick Naval Air Station has provided the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) with valuable assets to market itself — two 8,000-foot runways and 500,000 square feet of hangar space …

NW Florida Officials Focus on Combating Encroachment to Protect NAS Whiting

  • April 15, 2014
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Officials in Northwest Florida believe their long-term effort to protect Naval Air Station Whiting Field from urban encroachment is their best defense against the potential for losing out in a future base closure round. Over the past 14 years, Santa Rosa County has either purchased or acquired easements on 3,500 acres adjacent to the airfield. A majority of the acreage falls within Whiting’s accident prevention zones …

Air Force Has Few Options In Light of Capitol Hill Opposition to BRAC

  • April 14, 2014
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Despite serious problems created by declining budgets, Congress remains adamantly opposed to a new round of base closure, leaving the Air Force with few options for cutting costs associated with installations. “The department is facing a serious problem created by the tension of declining budgets, reductions in force structure and limited flexibility to adapt our infrastructure accordingly,” said John Conger…

Budget Cuts, Looming BRAC Round Worry Supporters of Maryland Proving Ground

  • April 13, 2014
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Advocates for Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., already anxious about the impact of recent budget cuts, are bracing for the prospect of a new base closure round. The installation gained new missions and thousands of jobs following the last BRAC round, and officials are working to ensure the proving ground is well-positioned to benefit from the next one. One selling point is the amount of land available on the post, located northeast of Baltimore, to expand …

Task Force Reconvenes to Support Northeast Pennsylvania Depot

  • April 10, 2014
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Northeast Pennsylvania leaders have reactivated the Blue Ribbon Task Force to craft a plan to defend Tobyhanna Army Depot against budgets cuts or a looming BRAC round. The depot was spared during the previous two base closure rounds, although the workforce of DOD’s largest full-service electronics maintenance facility has shrunk by one-third over the past two years, reports the Times Leader. The depot now employs 3,500 employees. About 150 additional workers plan to leave through early retirement incentives by the end of the month …

BRAC Property Disposal Advances, Navy Says

  • April 9, 2014
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Using a variety of conveyance mechanisms, the Navy has disposed of 93 percent of its excess property identified in prior BRAC rounds, with less than 14,000 acres remaining, the service’s top installations official told lawmakers last week. In the testimony he submitted to the Senate Armed Services Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, cited several milestones the Navy achieved last year: May 2013 — the Navy conveyed 1,917 acres at the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads to the commonwealth of Puerto Rico LRA via an economic development conveyance …

Cleanup of Legacy BRAC Sites Going Too Slowly, Lawmakers Say

  • April 9, 2014
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Prompted by concern over the pace of the cleanup of installations closed during the first four BRAC rounds, the House Appropriations Committee directs DOD to submit a plan to expedite and expand cleanup activities at legacy BRAC sites, according to report language accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The plan, which would be due 90 days after the spending bill is enacted, also should explain how the department “will fully utilize the funds previously appropriated …

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