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Posts Tagged ‘community military partnership’

‘Week of Valor’ to Bolster Jacksonville’s Military Bona Fides

  • October 8, 2012
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Jacksonville is going for a twofer when it hosts its Week of Valor next month, an effort to raise its profile as both a military-friendly and sports-friendly city. The week’s events will feature a college basketball game aboard the USS Bataan at Mayport Naval Station, a veterans jobs fair and a military appreciation lunch. For Jacksonville, the Week of Valor is an opportunity for the city to showcase its support for the military …

New President of Robins AFB Support Group Outlines BRAC Strategy

  • October 3, 2012
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To protect Robins Air Force Base in the next BRAC round, the 21st Century Partnership needs to raise $5 million over the next five years and assess how the Middle Georgia installation would be evaluated according to the likely BRAC criteria, Robert McMahon, the base support group’s new president and CEO, said last week. McMahon’s plan, which the partnership approved, calls for preparing studies on a range of factors, including Robins’ operational performance and quality of life. “No one should be surprised when the results of the next BRAC come out, what those results say about us,” he said. McMahon, who was the commander of Warner Robins Air Logistics Center when he retired from the Air Force this summer, said he expects the next BRAC round to occur in 2015 or 2017, reported the Telegraph.

Southern California County Approves Contract for JLUS at NAF El Centro

  • October 2, 2012
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The Imperial County Board of Supervisors this week tapped Matrix Design Group to prepare a joint land use study for Naval Air Facility El Centro. The effort to tackle existing encroachment issues threatening the installation is part of the county’s campaign to host a squadron of F-35C Joint Strike Fighters, reported the Imperial Valley Press. Members of the community’s Joint Strike Fighter Coalition and local leaders recently visited Washington, D.C., where they met with members of the Armed Services committees and DOD officials. El Centro is competing with Naval Air Station Lemoore in Central California for the mission. El Centro’s JLUS is expected to be completed in about 15 months.

Air Force Introduces MWR Initiative at Eight Pilot Installations

  • September 23, 2012
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The Air Force Personnel Center is taking a tailored approach to how it provides morale, welfare and recreation services at installations, along with the type of programs it offers. Under the Services Transformation Initiative, which has been launched at eight bases so far, installations will offer only those programs and services that airmen and commanders who live and work there want …

Joint-Use Airports Lead New Selections to FAA’s Military Airport Program

  • September 19, 2012
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The Federal Aviation Administration last week selected six new airports to participate in the 2012 Military Airport Program, including three joint-use airports. The joint-use airports selected are: Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin Air Force Base, Valparaiso, Fla.; Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, Wichita Falls, Texas; and March Inland Port/March Air Reserve Base, Riverside, Calif. The other airports selected are located at former military bases: Griffiss International (Griffiss AFB), Rome, N.Y.; Castle Airport (Castle AFB), Merced County, Calif.; and Kalaeloa Airport/John Rodgers Field (Naval Air Station Barbers Point), Kapolei, Hawaii.

Land Trust Adds to Buffer surrounding Ft. Stewart

  • September 3, 2012
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The Georgia Land Trust has acquired 5,400 acres of land to add to the buffer between the eastern edge of Fort Stewart and rapidly growing urban areas outside the post. The conservation easement acquired by the land trust took advantage of a grant awarded under DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative, a program used to preserve compatible land uses and sustain wildlife habitat near military installations and ranges. The conservation easement buffers lands where Fort Stewart conducts frequent prescribed burns to maintain habitat for red-cockaded woodpeckers and other endangered species that inhabit the fire-dependent longleaf pine ecosystem, reported the Savannah Morning News. The current property owner will continue to use the tract under a lease agreement for timber production, which is considered a compatible use.

Pendleton Relies on REPI to Combat Encroachment

  • August 22, 2012
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In an ongoing effort to protect Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton from restrictions on training, a Southern California land conservancy last week acquired a conservation easement on a 184-acre parcel outside of the installation. The Fallbrook Land Conservancy acquired the easement through DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative, a program which supports cost-sharing partnerships between the military services, private conservation groups, and state and local governments to protect military test and training capabilities and wildlife habitats …

Fayetteville Braces for Prospect of Budget Cuts

  • August 21, 2012
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As the possibility grows that automatic spending cuts under sequestration will be imposed in January, federal lawmakers representing one community certain to be affected increasingly are pointing their fingers at one another while residents blame their elected leaders. Of course the fallout will be borne by employees of firms that depend on DOD contracts and the businesses that support them. Fayetteville, N.C., home to Fort Bragg, is the recipient of $640 million in government contracts held by companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Booz Allen Hamilton, reports Politico ….

Middle Georgia Counties Reach Deal to Stem Encroachment at Robins AFB

  • August 19, 2012
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Officials of three counties and a regional authority in Middle Georgia signed an agreement Friday to eliminate residential development threatening Robins Air Force Base. Bibb and Houston counties each will contribute $6 million using special purpose local option sales tax dollars; Peach County will provide $400,000. State and federal dollars are being used as well, reported the Telegraph. “As we sign this today, we will start looking at encroachment as an issue in the rearview mirror, which is great for Robins Air Force Base …

There Is No BRAC Cheat Sheet

  • August 7, 2012
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Communities intent on staying off the BRAC list in the next base closure round shouldn’t assume the criteria used to assess installations’ relative merits in a future round will be the same as those used last time, according to Army and Air Force officials speaking during the ADC 2012 Annual Conference. They may be completely different in 2015 or 2020, Craig College, the Army’s deputy assistant chief of staff for installation management, said in response to a question from the audience. “It’s a moving target …

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