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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Army Looking at Excess Space at Installations

  • February 17, 2014
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The Army is taking an inventory of its facilities to assess how much excess infrastructure it maintains, ahead of a recommendation to the office of the secretary of defense (OSD) about the need for a new round of base closures. The Army maintains a lot of space and facilities that are not being utilized or are just partially utilized, Paul Cramer, deputy assistant secretary for installations, housing and partnerships, told the Army News Service. As a result, officials will recommend a new BRAC round be held in 2017, Cramer said …

Army Corps’ Role Would Change during New BRAC

  • February 14, 2014
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The next round of base closures likely will be much different than the last, and as a result, the Army Corps of Engineers will play a much different role, Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the agency’s commanding general, told reporters earlier this week. The Corps spent about $11 billion on new construction following BRAC 2005, but the next round will focus on disposing of properties and closing installations, Bostick said. “How do we reshape installations and make changes in the overall location of installations in order to maintain a force that is much smaller than we have today,” he said, reported Federal Times.

Up(Capitol)hill Battle Remains for DOD to Secure New BRAC Authorization

  • February 13, 2014
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Little has changed in the battle between Congress and the Pentagon over whether lawmakers will authorize a new BRAC in the two years since the Obama administration first asked to hold additional rounds of base closure, with DOD still needing to overcome significant opposition in both chambers. If DOD wants lawmakers to approve a new round, the department will need to counter past arguments against it and, possibly, surmount an even higher hurdle — defend the momentum leading toward a much smaller military — according to discussions led by installation officials and Capitol Hill staff at this week’s 2014 Installation Innovation Forum …

Google Tapped to Restore Hangar at Moffett Field

  • February 11, 2014
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NASA and the General Services Administration this week selected Google to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California as well as operate the airfield’s two runways, a large dose of good news for local preservationists eager to see the 200-foot-tall structure built after World War I to house Navy dirigibles protected. The federal government now will negotiate a long-term lease with Google affiliate Planetary Ventures, which has agreed to re-skin the hangar 18 months after reaching a final deal. The hangar’s frame has been uncovered since the Navy removed its skin as part of a cleanup effort …

School System Tackles Misalignment following Response to BRAC Growth at Ft. Benning

  • February 10, 2014
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The Muscogee County (Ga.) School District built several schools to accommodate the surge of students expected due to growth at Fort Benning following the 2005 round of BRAC. Unfortunately, many of the system’s schools now have a surfeit of space, while others are packed to capacity. “We have plenty of student stations, in other words, seats. They’re just not in the right place,” said David Lewis, Muscogee County Superintendent. “I could tell you it’s probably about close to half are under full capacity …

Legal Concerns Slow Implementation of New Partnerships Authority, Hammack Says

  • February 6, 2014
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Unanswered legal questions surrounding the new statute allowing installations and communities to share base support services have hampered Army efforts to take advantage of the authority, according to Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. The Army is eager to take advantage of sec. 331, the authority in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that allows installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with a local government to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions. So far, Army headquarters is encouraging installations to work with their host communities to identify the potential opportunities and capabilities each has to offer …

BRAC Spurred Wichita Falls to Diversify Its Economy

  • February 4, 2014
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Evidence of Wichita Falls’ effort to diversify its economy in the wake of the 2005 BRAC round can be seen throughout the city, with a number of projects focused on beautifying its downtown and enhancing its infrastructure. After Sheppard Air Force Base lost a key mission in the last base closure round, including 400 instructors and 7,000 students annually, the city crafted a plan for expanding its economic base by 2020 …

Walter Reed Reuse Plan Advances past HUD Review

  • February 3, 2014
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The District of Columbia’s redevelopment plan for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center complies with the homeless assistance requirements called for under the BRAC reuse process, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determined last month, clearing the way for the city to negotiate the property’s transfer from the Army. “We are now one step closer to executing the vision for this site that has been formulated by the community over many years,” Mayor Vincent Gray said in a written statement. The city is negotiating an economic development conveyance with the Army and aims to gain control of the 67-acre tract in northwest Washington by the second quarter of 2015 …

Massachusetts Delegation Meets amid Shadow of BRAC

  • January 30, 2014
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Five members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation on Wednesday discussed state and local initiatives to enhance the efficiency of Massachusetts’ installations as part of an effort to preserve those assets in the run-up to a possible BRAC round. “There are cuts that will be coming in defense,” Rep. Richard Neal (D) told MassLive. “If the Pentagon has to figure out how to move money around in the budget we want to be preemptive …

EPA Removes Much of MCAS El Toro from Superfund List

  • January 28, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed more than 1,900 acres at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro from the federal Superfund list, a move that should provide a boost to efforts by the city of Irvine and FivePoint Communities to transform the Southern California base into the Orange County Great Park and thousands of homes. The decision comes after the Navy and local water agencies spent $165 million on soil removal and groundwater treatment to clean up contamination left over from aircraft maintenance and repair, reported the Los Angeles Times. As a consequence, only 600 acres at the 4,700-acre air base remain on the list of the nation’s most hazardous sites …

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