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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Maryland Communities Ramp up Efforts to Strengthen Installations

  • June 23, 2014
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Defense communities throughout Maryland are taking a careful look at their strengths and weaknesses to ensure local installations come out ahead in future deliberations over paring down military infrastructure. It may not be clear how soon another BRAC round will be conducted, but spending reductions already are on the way. “There are going to be cuts,” said Mike Hayes, director of the state’s office of military affairs …

Dispute between LRA, Developer Continues over Way Forward at NAS South Weymouth

  • June 22, 2014
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The South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp., the LRA responsible for redeveloping the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, and its master developer continue to remain at odds over a plan for jump starting development at the base located outside of Boston. Starwood Land Ventures’ plan, which requires approval by the state Legislature, would strip authority from the LRA and shift responsibility for public services and tax revenue to the surrounding communities of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland. Starwood is trying to gain the support of the three towns and in recent weeks has been negotiating the language of proposed legislation with the mayor of Weymouth …

Virginia Should Welcome a BRAC Round, State Official Says

  • June 22, 2014
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The commonwealth of Virginia should embrace a looming round of base closures as a way to increase missions at state installations, particularly in Hampton Roads, John Harvey Jr., Virginia’s secretary of veterans and defense affairs, said last week. Harvey, a retired admiral who headed Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, argued that Virginia is likely to come out ahead in the next BRAC round. “There is no other state that has the inherent advantages, geographic advantages, the institutional advantages, the type of workforce that supports the services that Virginia does …

Stratford Engine Plant Sale Hinges on River Cleanup

  • June 19, 2014
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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is surveying the Housatonic riverbed adjacent to the former Stratford Army Engine Plant to determine how much cleanup will be necessary by the plant’s owner, the Army, before its final sale can be completed. The state’s analysis is expected to be completed by August, at which time the agency likely would begin discussions with the Army, reports the Stratford Star. The government’s agreement to sell the plant to developer Point Stratford Renewal assigns responsibility for remediating the riverbed to the Army …

House Votes to Oppose BRAC, Preserve A-10 Fleet

  • June 19, 2014
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In two votes that succinctly summarize the challenge the Pentagon faces in planning for mandated budget cuts, House lawmakers voted Thursday night to bar DOD from spending any funds to plan for or carry out another BRAC round, and to prevent it from implementing the Air Force’s proposal to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft. The two votes came during House debate of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill. Final passage of the bill is expected today …

Filmmaker Discussing Purchase of Land at Ft. McPherson

  • June 18, 2014
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Filmmaker Tyler Perry has been negotiating for several months with the LRA for the former Fort McPherson the purchase of a portion of the 486-acre site for a movie and television production complex, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday. Following a vote by the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority yesterday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city will now begin “robust” conversations with Perry, best known as the creator of the “Madea” film franchise …

Despite Long Odds, BRAC Still Worth Fighting For, James Says

  • June 18, 2014
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is pessimistic about the prospect that Congress will approve the Pentagon’s request for a new BRAC round in 2017, but believes DOD will continue trying to persuade lawmakers of its importance at a time when it is coping with stringent spending caps. “As a person who came out of business, the last things a corporation would do is spend money on facilities that are no longer needed,” James told defense reporters Wednesday. “You would never, never, never run a business this way. I realize government is not a business. But there are certain principles [that] make good common sense …

Medical School to Establish Campus at Brooks City-Base

  • June 18, 2014
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The University of the Incarnate Word has reached agreement with Brooks City-Base to locate a new school of osteopathic medicine at the property on San Antonio’s South Side. The school, which is scheduled to open in 2016, will be followed by a number of other developments by the university at Brooks, including the relocation of some of the university’s nursing programs, and the establishment of a physician assistant school, school of physical therapy and an engineering school …

White House Opposes Defense Spending Bill over BRAC, Compensation Reform

  • June 17, 2014
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The White House on Tuesday said it “strongly opposes” House passage of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill over its failure to include a variety of cost-saving reforms, but fell short of issuing a veto threat. “Without congressional support for meaningful compensation reforms and other cost-saving measures, force structure changes, and flexibility to manage weapon systems and infrastructure, there is an increased risk to the department’s ability to implement the president’s defense strategy, which will contribute to a military that will be less capable of responding effectively to future challenges …

Community Still Waiting for Final Transfer from 1995 Realignment of Pennsylvania Depot

  • June 16, 2014
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The need to finish cleaning up about 150 acres at Letterkenny Army Depot has delayed the disposal of a parcel that was slated for realignment during the 1995 round of base closures. The 1995 BRAC round originally realigned almost 1,500 acres from Letterkenny, located in south central Pennsylvania, but the Army asked to retain about 350 acres due to the increased workload associated with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, reported the Chambersburg Public Opinion. So far the Army has spent $30 million cleaning up property at the depot contaminated from degreasers stored or disposed of during the 1950s and 1960s. The Army has completed five of seven planned phases for transferring the realigned acreage. A date for completing the last property transfers to the community has not yet been established, according to the story.

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