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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Alaska Lawmakers Believe Eielson Realignment off the Table

  • September 23, 2013
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Alaska’s two senators are somewhat confident the Air Force will not go ahead with its proposal to shift 21 F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage based on recent conversations with Air Force officials. The latest indication came last week when Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), told an Air Force Association audience that the service has no plans to eliminate any installations in the Asia-Pacific region …

Federal Government to Judge Competing Visions for Moffett Field

  • September 22, 2013
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Four groups have indicated they may offer proposals to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California and possibly continue use of the airfield there. Earlier this year, the General Services Administration in conjunction with NASA sought proposals to use the airfield and three massive hangars, with the major hurdle being the $30 million-plus cost to restore Hangar One …

Installation Support to Drop Sharply from Historic Levels, Odierno Testifies

  • September 22, 2013
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If the spending caps triggered under sequestration continue in fiscal 2014, facilities sustainment will receive only 36 percent of historic funding levels, impairing nearly all support programs for Army installations, according to the written testimony Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno delivered last week to the House Armed Services Committee. Odierno listed municipal, fire and emergency, logistics, facilities engineering and family programs among the affected services. “For example, we will not be able to fund municipal services contracts for custodial, pest control or other services and we will be forced to eliminate nearly all preventative maintenance programs …

Only Half of BRAC 2005 Recommendations Intended to Save Money

  • September 19, 2013
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In remarks delivered last week at an event hosted by the Association of the United States Army, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld took Congress to task for rejecting many of the Pentagon’s cost-cutting initiatives, including carrying out a new base closure round. In trying to counter one of lawmakers’ most popular arguments against another BRAC, he pointed out that only a small part of the much-criticized, one-time, $35 billion cost to implement the 2005 round went toward closing bases …

Willow Grove Redevelopment Slowed after Navy Delays Impact Study

  • September 18, 2013
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove may be forced to push back its target for submitting its economic development conveyance (EDC) application after the Navy acknowledged the environmental impact statement (EIS) it is preparing for the installation’s disposal has been delayed. The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority had been planning to submit the application to the Navy to obtain the property’s 862 acres by the end of the calendar year but now it may not be ready until early in 2014 …

Redevelopment Forum to Take Close Look at Keys to Achieving Sustainable Development

  • September 18, 2013
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Successful redevelopment projects, whether on a former military base or a large urban infill project, rely on a careful balancing of a variety of possible alternatives, including upgrading infrastructure, leasing existing facilities, new development, historic preservation and maintaining open space. Allocate your effort and resources effectively and you may achieve the ultimate goal — sustainable growth …

Lt. Governor Urges Panel to Protect Economic Impact of Pennsylvania’s Installations

  • September 17, 2013
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At the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley urged the panel’s members to proactively advocate for the state’s 12 military installations. “There is profound competition that is going on right now,” Cawley said at the meeting held at Fort Indiantown Gap, reported the Patriot News. “Other states are doing the same thing that we are doing here. Every one of these states has a strong case to be made. Ours must be the strongest …

Plans Advance to Turn Ft. Monroe into Monument, Commercial Property

  • September 16, 2013
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Twin planning efforts to turn the former Fort Monroe into a unit of the National Park Service and a mixed-use campus are expected to come to fruition shortly. Next week, the Fort Monroe Authority’s planning advisory group will review a draft master plan for the historic post located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The document will outline a plan to preserve the property’s character, chronicle the site’s history and help make its operation economically sustainable …

Winnefeld Chastises Congress for Blocking New BRAC Round

  • September 16, 2013
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Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld last week sharpened the Pentagon’s argument for a new BRAC round by pointing out that only a small part of the cost to implement the 2005 round went toward closing bases. “Were you aware that, contrary to the popular narrative, the closure part of the 2005 BRAC only cost us $6 billion and is now saving us almost $4 billion per year, and we need new closures desperately?” he said during an event hosted by the Association of the United States Army …

Amid Sequestration, Holding Steady Can Be Considered Success, Consultant Says

  • September 12, 2013
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Maintaining current missions at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, is a worthy aspiration amid the current fiscal climate in Washington, a consultant told the community support group for the facility also known as the Lima Army Tank Plant. There is value in keeping what you have, CBD Advisors’ Matt Kambic, a retired Army major general, told members of Task Force Lima last week, especially if other communities are less fortunate. CBD was hired by the Dayton Development Coalition to develop a federal retention strategy for Ohio’s military and NASA assets, reported the Lima News. In the 2005 BRAC round, the task force was successful in keeping the Lima plant open. DOD only trimmed its infrastructure by 3 percent in 2005, but Kambic told the group he believes cuts will more significant in the next base closure round.

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