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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Durbin Takes Dig at BRAC Request

  • May 8, 2013
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During a Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing Wednesday on the Air Force’s budget request, Chairman Dick Durbin (Ill.) acknowledged that he remains skeptical about the BRAC process after witnessing the previous five rounds. “Base closure commissions are supposed to take the politicians out of the process. I think they’ve replaced the politicians with other politicians,” said Durbin, the Senate’s number two Democrat. Durbin said he shared the concern of Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, that base closures do not produce sufficient savings …

Congress Needs More Evidence of Defense Belt-Tightening Before It Will OK BRAC

  • May 7, 2013
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As long as there are reforms the Pentagon could carry out that are less politically delicate than closing military bases, lawmakers will find reasons to put off a new round of BRAC, according to a retired flag officer who has spent decades in Washington. DOD first needs to reduce its ranks of flag officers and other wasteful spending, Arnold Punaro, a retired major general in the Marine Corps, told CQ. For instance, the Joint Chiefs of Staff has added 1,000 employees in the past two years …

Central Texas Community ‘Generally Supportive’ of BRAC

  • May 6, 2013
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Lawmakers representing Texas districts with military installations have indicated they are opposed to holding a BRAC round in 2015, but one community in the state says it supports a new round, mostly because it’s easier to prepare for a transparent base closure process than a “free-for-all.” “We are generally supportive of a future BRAC,” Phil Neighbors, president of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, told the Times Record News. “The DOD has to take serious action to save money, and we’d rather have an organized BRAC process than a political free-for-all …

Mississippi Communities Remain on Watch for BRAC

  • May 6, 2013
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Mississippi communities have continued to invest in projects to benefit their local installations following the last round of base closures. After education was identified as a major concern during the 2005 round, the Golden Triangle communities neighboring Columbus Air Force Base have worked on several initiatives. To improve public schools, they built a new middle school and encouraged military children to attend the schools of a highly rated school district in the area …

Navy Reaches Deal to Practice Carrier Landings at NASA Facility

  • May 5, 2013
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The Navy signed an agreement last week with NASA allowing turboprop aircraft based in Norfolk, Va., to use the Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to practice carrier landings. Under the agreement, the Navy will pay NASA $1.9 million a year for repairs and upgrades to the airfield, as well as reimburse the agency for support services it uses, reported the Virginian-Pilot. The Navy’s selection in January of the Wallops facility as an alternate landing site provides a host of benefits to the federal government and the Norfolk region …

Huntsville-Area Schools Get Their BRAC Fix

  • May 5, 2013
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North Alabama schools will be the beneficiary of $175 million in state bond funds dedicated to school districts affected by BRAC mission growth, after Madison County lawmakers voted last week to allocate $5 million to the county school system to use as matching funds. The Alabama Legislature passed a measure last year to provide bond funds for construction and renovation of aging schools whose enrollments would be expanding due to BRAC growth, but no money had been allocated, reported the Huntsville Times. About 4,700 jobs moved to Redstone Arsenal following the last round of BRAC …

Air Force Merges BRAC Programs into Single Directorate

  • April 30, 2013
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The Air Force has merged all staff working on BRAC missions, including environmental and real property pre-transfer operations, under one directorate within the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, officials announced Tuesday. Effective April 22, 45 staff, including civilian and support contractors, transitioned into the Installation Directorate’s BRAC Program Management Division led by Stephen TerMaath. The move follows last October’s creation of the civil engineer center …

City Taps Five Big Name Firms to Vie for Walter Reed Reuse

  • April 30, 2013
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The District of Columbia has selected five prominent development teams to compete to become the master developer for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Upper Northwest Washington. Officials had received responses to its request for qualifications from a total of nine firms, the city announced in March. The short-listed candidates will be asked to respond to a request for proposals issued later this month …

Army Needs BRAC Now, McHugh Says

  • April 30, 2013
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The Army is spending millions of dollars on installations that are “simply unusable” as the cost of upkeep for antiquated facilities climbs exorbitantly, Secretary John McHugh told reporters Tuesday. As the Army struggles to absorb deep spending cuts, eliminating unneeded installations would provide it with funds that could be used elsewhere. McHugh told reporters that he supports the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2015, reported the Hill. The secretary acknowledged the political perils that await anyone who supports another round of base closures and agreed that shuttering a large post could be harmful to the local economy. But the “highly effective use” of BRAC could generate a significant savings for DOD, he said.

Developer to Purchase Former Navy Hotel, Housing at Brunswick NAS

  • April 28, 2013
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A local developer plans to lease the hotel and bachelor housing at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, to the Navy to house sailors assigned to nearby Bath Iron Works. George Schott has agreed to purchase the 248-room hotel and 190 bachelor apartments for $6 million, Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, told the Bangor Daily News. Scott previously purchased about 700 units of former housing at the air station, now renamed Brunswick Landing. The LRA initially hoped the former Navy hotel could continue to be operated as a hotel, but a feasibility study concluded the community could not support it. “The fact that [Schott] is going to use [the housing] for what it was initially designed for — to support sailors — is fine with us,” Levesque said.

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