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Posts Tagged ‘community military partnership’

NAS Whidbey Island Support Group “Makes a Difference,” Lawmaker Says

  • September 9, 2013
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Washington Rep. Rick Larsen told (D) told business leaders and other officials in Oak Harbor last week that their support for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is making a difference and is helping to ensure that the installation’s future is “secure.” Kathy Reed, executive director of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, said she has “99 percent” confidence that Larsen is correct. “The base is too strategically located for the Department of Defense to give it up, especially with the current administration’s focus on the Asia-Pacific region,” Reed told the Whidbey News-Times. One concern, though, is a Central Whidbey group’s campaign to suspend use of Outlying Field Coupeville by the naval air station for landing practice. Given the level of negative press surrounding the outlying field, it’s even more important that Pentagon officials see how much support there is for the base, Reed said.

Community Partnerships Offer One Solution to Budget Squeeze Faced by MWR Programs

  • September 8, 2013
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Morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) officials across DOD are making a variety of adjustments to maintain quality-of-life programs as they cope with budget cuts and other changes depriving them of needed resources. In many cases, officials have been forced to scale back programs and services, for example, by reducing the number of hours fitness centers, pools and libraries are open, reports American Forces Press Service. In other cases, service members and their families are being asked to pay nominal fees for aerobics and other fitness classes, or to rent outdoor recreation equipment …

Proving Ground’s STEM Center Extends Outreach to Northeastern Maryland

  • August 5, 2013
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Last week’s opening of the STEM and Education Outreach Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the latest initiative by the installation to further science and technology education throughout the Chesapeake Corridor, will usher in a new era of partnerships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for northeastern Maryland and beyond, according to Army officials. The STEM Center’s opening was “a great day for the state of Maryland and a great day for Aberdeen Proving Ground,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, senior commander at the proving ground and commanding general at the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command …

Improving Region’s Quality of Life Key to Supporting Ft. Leonard Wood, Partnership Says

  • August 5, 2013
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In the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, one of the newest community-military support organizations is striving to improve the quality of life for personnel at Fort Leonard Wood, forge a closer relationship with officials at the post and help trim the installation’s operating costs. The multiple aims set out by the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership, established a little over a year ago, are all intended to support the installation located in central Missouri and the soldiers and family members who serve there …

Army Memo Encourages Installations to Take Advantage of New Partnering Authority

  • July 22, 2013
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Officials at Army installations should consider entering into partnerships with their host communities to acquire or provide municipal services or other base support functions, according to a memo from the service’s installations chief. “I would like to see every installation evaluate opportunities and dialogue with their state and local governments to identify opportunities for shared services,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

F-16 Crash near Luke AFB Demonstrates Value of Efforts to Combat Encroachment

  • July 7, 2013
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For longtime supporters of Luke Air Force Base, last month’s crash of an F-16 practicing “touch and go” landings in a vacant field just west of the installation served as a vivid reminder of the hard-fought efforts of its surrounding communities to limit encroaching development outside of Luke over the past two decades. “[Wednesday's] incident serves to remind us of the importance of all the tough decisions that the surrounding cities and county and the state of Arizona have made to ensure that incompatible growth … is kept away from our base …

Leveraging Existing Organizations’ Efforts Often Best Way for Communities to Support Veterans

  • June 5, 2013
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The best way communities can support veterans and military families in many cases is to take advantage of the dozens of nonprofits in their area already serving those populations. While the sheer number of veterans organizations and programs already under way in a given community can be confusing and make it difficult for local officials to commit new resources to overcoming the challenges facing veterans, taking an active role often requires only that a community convene existing stakeholders and identify ways to augment services already being delivered, according to the latest article published in the Journal of Defense Communities …

Pentagon Visits Leave Local Officials Confident in Cherry Point’s Future

  • May 13, 2013
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Following two days of visits with senior officials at the Pentagon last week, representatives from Craven County say local efforts to strengthen Eastern North Carolina’s Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East are paying off. “Senior civilians in the Pentagon do notice what we have done for Cherry Point, regarding encroachment and in terms of infrastructure improvements and planning and positioning ourselves for future growth …

Air Force Exploring Installation-Community Partnerships, Ferguson Testifies

  • April 24, 2013
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The Air Force and more than a dozen of its host communities are embracing the use of partnerships to help trim base operating costs, the service’s top installations official told the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee Wednesday. “Installation-community partnerships are one approach to reducing operating and service costs while enhancing and retaining quality,” Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, told lawmakers …

Transportation Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground to Promote Commuting Alternatives

  • March 10, 2013
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Leaders in northeastern Maryland and the surrounding region believe a new transportation center opening this week at Aberdeen Proving Ground will help make a dent in traffic congestion at the post by reducing workers’ reliance on single-occupant vehicles. The APG-Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor Transportation Center’s primary goal will be to encourage military and civilian employees of the post’s 90 tenant organizations and nearby defense contractors to consider alternative commuting options, including commuter rail, a private bus line providing service to New Jersey, car and vanpools, and the Guaranteed Ride Home Program …

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