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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

BRAC Badly Needed to Operate Efficiently, Air Force Commander Says

  • February 25, 2013
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The chief of Air Combat Command said last week he would like to close “every third base” under his responsibility to streamline the service’s excess infrastructure and eliminate inefficient spending. And to make it more likely that Congress goes along with the Pentagon’s request for a new round of BRAC, Gen. Mike Hostage, chief of Air Combat Command, suggested the department reverse the methodology used for selecting bases to close …

Secondary Impacts of Pending Cuts at Letterkenny Worry Local Leaders

  • February 21, 2013
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As the likelihood that the Pentagon will be forced to absorb deep spending cuts edges closer, the anxiety level of the 4,200 employees at Letterkenny Army Depot, located 50 miles southwest of Harrisburg, Pa., has ramped up. The depot may have to cope with $442 million in cuts this year, jeopardizing the jobs of the civilian contractors employed there and likely resulting in furloughs for its 1,743 full-time civilian workers …

Army Confronts Structural Problems Beyond Sequester, Analysis Finds

  • February 21, 2013
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While the Army is struggling to deal with an urgent funding crisis affecting its operations budget, it needs to tackle a fundamental imbalance between its long-term spending plan and force structure, according to an analysis in National Defense magazine. The Army benefitted the most of any service from the escalation in spending following 9/11 and, as a result, will have to shrink far more dramatically than the Air Force or Navy. The administration’s plan to eliminate 100,000 troops by 2017 will not be “nearly enough to get the Army’s fiscal house in order …

Rantoul Nears End of Wait for Chanute AFB Property

  • February 20, 2013
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When it comes to the cleanup of the former Chanute Air Force Base, located about 120 miles southwest of Chicago, the village of Rantoul soon will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Air Force still is cleaning up the base 20 years after it closed, but several parcels should be ready for transfer this year, reports the Rantoul Press. The first transfer of 53 acres, part of the village’s airport property, should be completed this spring. The next transfer will include 180 acres near the Rantoul Business Center and a sports complex. The Air Force plans to transfer the remainder of the property to the village next year, according to the story. First, though, officials from the Air Force and Rantoul need to sign an economic development conveyance.

State Legislation Would Provide New Tool for Huntsville to Support Arsenal

  • February 20, 2013
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Legislation approved Tuesday by the Alabama Senate is designed to offer Huntsville a new tactic for supporting Redstone Arsenal and, ultimately, lure new missions there in a future BRAC round. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, would allow city and county governments to spend public funds on federal property, but it is aimed at giving a boost to Redstone Arsenal …

Florida Communities Capture $2.6M from State to Protect Installations

  • February 20, 2013
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday awarded $2.6 million in defense support task force grants to 10 projects intended to preserve the state’s military installations and boost its reputation as a military friendly state. The 2012-13 grants were awarded to the Bay County Defense Alliance, National Simulation Center in Orlando, Highlands County EDC, city of Jacksonville, Tampa Bay Defense Alliance, Santa Rosa County, the Greater Pensacola Chamber, the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze and the Florida 8 (a) Alliance in Jacksonville …

New Hampshire’s Shaheen Takes over Readiness Panel in Senate

  • February 19, 2013
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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) was named chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee on Tuesday, giving the first-term senator responsibility for legislation dealing with BRAC and other issues related to installations. The announcement also means that lawmakers from New Hampshire will serve as the chairman and senior Republican on the Readiness subcommittee. Kelly Ayotte (R) is the subcommittee’s ranking member …

Air Force Transfers Sites to Public Users at McClellan

  • February 18, 2013
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The Air Force has formally transferred property at the former McClellan Air Force Base to two school districts and a museum, pushing the service one step closer to disposing of all 3,000 acres at the Sacramento, Calif., site. To date, the Air Force has transferred about 1,700 acres at the base closed following the 1995 BRAC round to community entities for redevelopment. The remaining portions of the base, primarily the airfields, are expected to transfer in 2014 …

Camp Lejeune is Safe from BRAC, Official Says

  • February 15, 2013
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The deputy commander for Camp Lejeune assured local officials attending a community breakfast Tuesday that the base on the coast of North Carolina is too vital to the Marine Corps’ mission to be closed in a future BRAC round. “Camp Lejeune is [staying],” said Col. Darrell Thacker, deputy commander for Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “But as we transition from 202,000 Marines down to 182,000 Marines, there will be impacts on the base …

Cleanup Delay Slows Progress at Lone Star

  • February 12, 2013
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The Army’s delay in cleaning up 1,100 acres at the former Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant is slowing the LRA’s redevelopment plans for the northeastern Texas facility that closed following the last round of base closures. “Some of the work has been completed, but the vast majority of it has not. The property is still pretty encumbered by permit regime that makes it very difficult to sell,” said Bill Cork, CEO of TexAmericas Center …

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