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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.

Army Command, Virginia Commonwealth U. Create Joint Degree Program

  • December 19, 2013
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The Army Logistics University and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are partnering to create a new graduate degree program in supply chain management beginning in fall 2014. The 12-month joint program will be part of the VCU School of Business and will teach students how to manage the complexities of global supply chains by using applied research programs, analyzing real-world problems, and working with local firms and government agencies …

Arsenal, Neighbors Conduct Joint Training Exercise for First Responders

  • December 16, 2013
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Historic Watervliet Arsenal in upstate New York hosted a four-day hazardous material training exercise in late November involving more than 160 participants from a four-county area as part of an ongoing effort to incorporate local first responders into the Army facility’s emergency response plan. “We know that we would need support from outside of the arsenal to respond to a major incident,” said Arsenal Fire Chief John Whipple …

Grand Forks Picks Developer for Tech Park at Air Force Base

  • October 31, 2013
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Grand Forks County commissioners chose FDSL, a joint venture between FD Stonewater and Lynxs Group, to develop a tech park near Grand Forks Air Force Base…

Studies Show Robins AFB Communities’ Strengths, Weaknesses for Potential BRAC

  • October 31, 2013
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The 21st Century Partnership, the community partner for Robins Air Force Base, announced the results of 15 studies commissioned in preparation for a potential Base Realignment and Closure Commission round in 2017. The organization plans to use the data…

Campbell Praises Fort Sill Mentor Program during National Tour on Drawdown Impact

  • October 30, 2013
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A program that pairs new soldiers with soldier-mentors who have spent time on base earned praise from the Army’s second highest-ranking officer. Gen. John Campbell praised the program during a tour of Fort Sill with Raymond Chandler III…

Army Looks to Shared Services Authority for Long-Term Benefits

  • October 23, 2013
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Senior Army installation officials are eager for community and garrison leaders to identify potential opportunities to share municipal services and other base support functions, but at the same time are emphasizing the need to move forward deliberately to ensure the initiative is carried out on a sound legal basis. At a media briefing held in conjunction with the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, on Wednesday indicated the Army has high hopes for the savings that intergovernmental support agreements between installations and local government could generate, particularly in light of the growing pressure on the military’s budget for installation support …

Massachusetts Officials Seek Innovative Partnerships with State’s Installations

  • October 20, 2013
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Local and state officials from Massachusetts kicked off an initiative Thursday intended to identify ways the state’s six military installations could collaborate with their host communities. The aim of the community support initiative, led by the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, is to help the bases become more efficient and to form stronger ties to their neighbors as the Pentagon faces declining budgets, reports MetroWest Daily News. If DOD carries out a new BRAC round, the department will look favorably at innovative installations, said former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray …

Energy Event to Explore Ways to Jump Start the Use of Partnerships to Meet DOD’s Goals

  • October 16, 2013
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Public-private partnerships are a proven model for the federal government to leverage the resources of Wall Street to develop new infrastructure, yet the number of such partnerships underway to help the Pentagon increase its reliance on renewable energy generated onsite has not grown as fast as many envisioned. At the same time, the Defense Department now has another mechanism to expand its access to reliable energy production — public-public partnerships. A provision in legislation signed into law in January allows DOD to share installation support services with its community hosts …

Defense Community ‘Shaken and Fractured’ by Shutdown, Tampa Bay Alliance States

  • October 9, 2013
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The partial government shutdown has delayed or terminated an estimated $9 million in government contracts to Tampa Bay-area businesses and inflicted further financial stress on civilians employed at MacDill Air Force Base, according to the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance. “The compounding impacts of these budget crises here in Tampa Bay are cataclysmic,” Defense Alliance President John Schueler wrote in an Oct. 6 letter to the region’s congressional delegation. “Closures, curtailments and suspension of services all burden and demoralize the people we depend upon to serve and protect us, we should not underestimate the human toll …

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