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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Montana Legislature Advances Bill to Create Military Task Force

  • March 27, 2013
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The Montana House on Wednesday approved a measure to establish a statewide task force to prepare the state for a future BRAC round. The bill, which now goes to the state Senate, would create a “military strategic and economic impact task force,” reported the Great Falls Tribune. HB 579 would provide the task force $163,000 in annual funding through June 30, 2015, for administration and $250,000 to conduct a study of the military’s economic impact in Montana …

Members of Congress Visit Installations, Express Optimism Against BRAC

  • March 26, 2013
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Several members of Congress are re-assuring their communities that they are ready to fight if a BRAC round is proposed or approved.

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), said during a visit Monday to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard that Congress will not consider a BRAC round soon. Shea-Porter serves on the House subcommittee that held a hearing this month on the timing of BRAC.

Horsham LRA to Serve as Master Developer for Willow Grove Redevelopment

  • March 25, 2013
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove intends to act as master developer for the 862-acre property, and now is preparing an application for an economic development conveyance to obtain the entire site. The LRA’s consultant, Matrix Design Group, is working on the project’s business plan, which it plans to complete later this year. The Navy and the Horsham LRA likely won’t complete negotiations over an EDC before March 2014 …

Support Group Launches BRAC Evaluation to Gauge Robins’ Standing among Depots

  • March 25, 2013
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The 21st Century Partnership, the community partner for Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has commissioned a series of 15 studies for $175,000 to assess how the installation compares to 12 other service depots as part of its effort to prepare for a future BRAC round. The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is conducting the studies, which will evaluate Robins’ strengths and weaknesses on 15 different military and community factors, including education, encroachment and economic impact …

States Hires Consultant to Prepare Virginia’s Bases for BRAC

  • March 25, 2013
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The Virginia governor’s office has hired an Alexandria, Va.-based consulting firm to review the state’s military installations for possible vulnerabilities in a future BRAC round, the second of two recent actions the state has taken to preserve military missions located throughout Virginia. The Spectrum Group will visit each of the state’s installations and develop a closure risk assessment for each …

Negotiations to Purchase Stratford Army Plant Continue

  • March 24, 2013
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Discussions between the Army and Point Stratford Renewal over the purchase of the former Stratford Army Engine Plant in Connecticut still have not been completed, more than six months after the federal government selected the Connecticut-based development team. The developer has agreed to assume responsibility for cleaning up the 77-acre site but wants the Army to clean up the mudflats along the Housatonic River. The Army is discussing the issue with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection …

Master Developer Competition for Walter Reed Draws Healthy Response

  • March 24, 2013
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Nine teams are competing to be named the master developer for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Upper Northwest Washington, District officials announced last week. The robust level of interest comes as much-needed relief for the city, after it received a total of only three responses to a pair of other projects recently …

Council’s Change of Heart Protects Hampton Roads Landing Field from Encroachment

  • March 21, 2013
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One month after approving a request to rezone land for a residential subdivision that the Navy said could threaten its use of Fentress Naval Auxiliary Field, the Chesapeake, Va., City Council this week reversed itself and voted against rezoning the site that is located about two-and-a-half miles from the airfield. The city council’s original vote ignored repeated appeals from the Navy and violated an agreement Chesapeake and Virginia Beach made with the Navy after the 2005 round of base closures to limit development near the two facilities, reported the Virginian-Pilot …

Air Guard Wing at Willow Grove Gets Drone Mission

  • March 20, 2013
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The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located at Horsham Air Guard Station, will take on ground control for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system starting Oct. 1, officials announced Wednesday. The new mission for the 111th helps make up for the loss of the unit’s A-10 fighter jets, which were realigned following the 2005 round of base closures. The wing will add a total of 250 military and civilian jobs, including about 75 full-time jobs, reported the Morning Call. Sequestration could delay the new mission from going ahead, though, as the base currently has a hiring freeze, said a spokesman. The Air Guard station is located at the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove in suburban Philadelphia.

Pentagon Leadership Pushes Case for BRAC

  • March 20, 2013
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In separate remarks this week about how the military is coping with deep spending cuts, senior defense leaders said closing unneeded bases is one necessary component to putting DOD’s budget on a sustainable path. During remarks Wednesday, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, said the department’s inventory of installations is a fixed cost that it no longer can afford. “We didn’t get rid of nearly all of our excess capacity in the first three rounds of [BRAC], so there’s more to be done there and money to be saved …

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