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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

In the Black: Presidio Trust Meets Self-Sufficiency Deadline

  • February 7, 2013
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After 17 years of relying on annual appropriations from Congress, the nonprofit charged with preserving the Presidio of San Francisco has grown up and shown that it can operate as an independent organization capable of sustaining the natural and cultural resources of the historic Army post that closed in 1994. The fiscal year that ended last September was the last year the Presidio Trust received a federal allocation as stipulated in the legislation that created it …

’14 Budget to Include BRAC Request, Panetta Reveals

  • February 6, 2013
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For the second year in a row the Pentagon will ask Congress for a new round of base closures, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters Wednesday during a preview of the department’s fiscal 2014 budget request. The announcement came as no surprise after Congress roundly rejected the administration’s proposal last year to hold BRAC rounds in 2013 and 2015. “We will have to because … you can’t have a huge infrastructure supporting a reduced force …

Councilman Wants Los Alamitos to Prepare for Base Closure

  • February 5, 2013
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The Defense Department recently completed a multi-million dollar headquarters for the Army Reserve at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos in Southern California, but at least one local official wants the city to have a backup plan in case the installation is closed. “I would like to see the formation of a base closure committee,” Los Alamitos Councilman Richard Murphy said last week. “It’s amazing to me that we don’t have one.” Even if there is only a small chance that the base is shuttered, said Murphy, prudent planning should prompt the city to be ready. “If you follow the budget cuts in the military, I think there’s going to be more and more serious budget cuts under this administration,” he said. “We need to go through the exercise of preparing for that.”

Army, LRA Talks over Ft. Monroe Transfer Stretch Out

  • February 5, 2013
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Negotiations between the Army and the Fort Monroe Authority have lasted much longer than expected due to a dispute over the value of the portions of the property not slated to revert to the commonwealth of Virginia. The Army is asking for a figure that is 10 times the value estimated by the authority, LRA Executive Director Glenn Oder told the Daily Press …

New BRAC Round Key to Trimming Budget, Former DOD Official Says

  • February 5, 2013
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To avoid “hollowing out” the force as it slashes spending over the next decade, the Defense Department will need to identify components of the budget other than force structure, readiness and modernization to capture the needed savings, Michèle Flournoy, who served as defense undersecretary for policy under Obama until last February, wrote in a commentary Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal. Where else to look? One place is infrastructure. “This inability to shed or realign facilities hangs like an albatross around the department’s neck …

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