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Posts Tagged ‘community military partnership’

Efforts to Support Vance AFB to Focus on Boosting Military Value

  • October 23, 2014
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Construction of a 2,300-foot runway extension at a regional airport that it is intended to support Vance Air Force Base, Okla., is under way and on track to be completed next summer. The project will lengthen the runway at Enid Woodring Regional Airport to 8,000 feet, allowing T-38 aircraft from Vance to use the airport for regular operations, as well as to divert there due to strong crosswinds or threatening storms. The regional airport is about 8 miles from Vance …

Joint Use Wastewater Treatment Plant Supports Ellsworth AFB

  • October 22, 2014
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A $23 million wastewater treatment plant financed by the state is up and running in west central South Dakota and helping sustain growth at Ellsworth Air Force Base. The plant, which opened last month, is the product of a collaboration among the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority, the city of Box Elder and Ellsworth. Both the base and Box Elder needed additional wastewater treatment capacity, a requirement which the development authority was uniquely positioned to address …

Agreement Paves the Way for Hill AFB Visitors to Stay in Local Hotels

  • October 19, 2014
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Officials in Davis County, Utah, have reached an agreement with Hill Air Force Base allowing local hotels to accommodate visitors when the installation’s on-base lodging is at full capacity. The memorandum of understanding, which provides guidance to Hill on handling visitors’ inquiries regarding participating hotels in Davis County, still needs final approval from base officials, reported the Standard-Examiner. “Hill Air Force Base enjoys the benefits of strong community partnership and support,” the base said in a written statement. “This lodging agreement benefits both Hill and the local community,” it said. Last year, base visitors spent 11,000 hotel room nights in Davis County out of a total of 17,000 room nights requested. The agreement is almost identical to one neighboring Weber County has in place with Hill. The pact is “a great service” to the base, Louenda Downs, a commissioner for Davis County, told the Examiner.

Florida Awards $2.5M to Communities to Support Local Installations

  • October 14, 2014
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Fourteen defense communities in Florida will receive a combined $2.5 million to support 19 installations through a variety of activities, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday. Ten counties received $1.6 million in defense infrastructure grants for local projects covering encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, environment or security. Infrastructure grants are awarded to local projects deemed to have a positive impact on the military value of the installation in addition to benefitting the community. Twelve counties received $850,000 in defense reinvestment grants, which are designed to support relationships between military installations and their community …

Monterey Leaders Form Group to Support Area Installations

  • October 9, 2014
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With a BRAC round looming and the Pentagon forced to slash expenses, a group of elected officials and community leaders from California’s Monterey Peninsula have formed an alliance to advocate for the region’s military missions and defense facilities. The Monterey Regional Defense Alliance is an effort to broaden support for local defense facilities — including the Presidio of Monterey/Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School — beyond the city of Monterey, said Mary Ann Leffel, president of the Monterey County Business Council. A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the region’s installations now underway by the city likely will be one the alliance’s first agenda items, reports the Monterey Herald. About 10,000 people are employed in the local defense sector, generating a $1.4 billion annual economic impact. “The closure of one or more of these installations would be potentially catastrophic,” said Dino Pick, deputy city manager for the city.

Colorado Springs Leaders Work Together to Defend Military Bases

  • September 30, 2014
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Despite political differences, a delegation of 13 business and community leaders from the Pikes Peak region presented a united front this week as they visited with Pentagon officials and Capitol Hill staff in an attempt to stave off deep spending cuts to the region’s five installations. Even before the Army decides what posts will lose personnel as it figures how to shrink its active-duty end strength by 70,000 soldiers, Fort Carson and other installations in the Colorado Springs region already are coping with recent cuts. Fort Carson will lose 1,500 soldiers in the coming weeks as one of its brigade combat teams is disestablished …

Outlook for Hanscom AFB Appears Bright, Officials Say

  • September 29, 2014
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While the prospect of a future BRAC round makes community leaders neighboring Hanscom Air Force Base anxious, officials overall are confident that the Boston-area installation will survive the Pentagon’s next base-cutting exercise. One reason is the strength of the local workforce, which includes several thousand contractors at Lincoln Labs and MITRE. “The intellectual capital that is available around Hanscom base is not replicated anywhere else around the country,” said Sara Mattes, a former selectman from Lincoln …

Take Your Community to Work Day at Redstone Arsenal

  • September 24, 2014
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A community group dedicated to cultivating local leaders visited Redstone Arsenal last week to provide participants a greater understanding of the installation’s missions and its role in the economy of the Huntsville, Ala., region. “This community has a huge impact on the region and state,” Garrison Commander Col. Bill Marks told the class from Leadership Huntsville/Madison County. “The estimated total number of jobs either directly or indirectly related to Redstone is near 104,000 across the entire Tennessee Valley …

Community Network Provides Inpatient, Specialty Care for Ft. Drum Personnel

  • January 29, 2014
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For the past two decades Fort Drum has relied on a unique partnership with its host community for an inpatient medical facility and most specialty care, a byproduct of the close integration that exists between the North Country region of New York and the Army for providing other services such as schools and housing. The longstanding partnership between Fort Drum and civilian healthcare providers dates to 1985 when the Army reactivated the 10th Mountain Division. Rather than building an inpatient facility on post to serve the two brigades’ 10,000 personnel, Army leaders decided to take advantage of the excess capacity in local hospitals …

Bill Would Give Indiana Communities New Tool to Support Military Installations

  • January 22, 2014
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Legislation intended to provide communities an additional tool to support a neighboring military installation advanced last week in the Indiana Senate. The measure would allow local redevelopment commissions to spend money to support, promote or expand federal facilities, reported the Journal Gazette. It would allow communities to improve a base’s infrastructure, including roads and buildings, said State Sen. Jim Banks (R). Banks cited the possibility that Fort Wayne could take advantage of the legislation to bolster its case for retaining the Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing. “This is our opportunity to tell the federal government we are serious about keeping that investment in our state,” Banks said. Senate Bill 260 now moves to the full Senate.

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