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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

House Panel Warns DOD against Closure Actions outside of BRAC

  • April 9, 2014
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The Defense Department should consult with lawmakers before attempting to carry out a closure or realignment outside of a BRAC round, the House Appropriations Committee directs the Pentagon in the report language accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The request was prompted by the committee’s concern that “the Department of Defense will authorize the closure of military installations under Title 10 U.S.C. 2687, without adequate congressional consultation,” the report states …

BRAC Is Only Way to Alleviate Excess Capacity, Hammack Tells Lawmakers

  • April 8, 2014
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The Army’s top installations official made the case for a new BRAC round during a Capitol Hill hearing last week, citing the service’s declining force structure and recent efforts to downsize its footprint in Europe. “The best and proven way to address excess and shortfalls in facility requirements in a cost-effective and fair manner is through the BRAC (base realignment and closure) Commission process,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

Leader of Robins AFB Support Group to Step Down

  • April 7, 2014
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The 21st Century Partnership, the community support organization for Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is beginning a search for a new leader following last week’s announcement that Robert McMahon, the group’s president and CEO, will step down in May. McMahon, a retired major general whose last position was commander of Warner Robin Air Logistics Center, joined the partnership in September 2012. McMahon helped the city of Warner Robins and the surrounding region prepare for a new BRAC round through several initiatives, including commissioning multiple studies to compare Middle Georgia with other defense communities …

Aerotropolis Alliance to Boost Two Atlanta-Area Reuse Projects

  • April 7, 2014
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Two base redevelopment projects near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will receive an economic lift from a new coalition among business, government and education groups seeking to spur growth around the airport. The Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance, a new initiative announced last month by the Atlanta Regional Commission, aims to attract business around Hartsfield, a zone encompassing both the former Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem. “An aerotropolis is a community that grows up around an airport with the airport being the economic heart of that community …

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