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University to Extend Curriculum at Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • July 9, 2012
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The University of Delaware is expanding its partnership with the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command by increasing the graduate school classes it offers at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and adding to the joint research projects the two organizations are engaged in. The university taught the first course at the proving ground — located 35 miles away from its Newark campus — in 2009 and now offers part-time master’s and doctorate degree programs there …

Massachusetts Bases Provide Economic Infusion, Study Finds

  • June 28, 2012
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Massachusetts’ six military installations contributed $13.7 billion to the state’s economy in 2011, according to a study by the University of Massachusetts. The installations provided full- and part-time jobs to more than 14,500 military and civilian personnel, the study found. The report is the product of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force established by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray in February. The authors concluded that Hanscom Air Force Base plays a key role in the state’s innovation economy …

Robins AFB Support Group Adopts New Leader, Organizational Structure

  • June 24, 2012
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In response to declining defense budgets and the possibility of new base closure rounds, the 21st Century Partnership, the community partner for Robins Air Force Base in Middle Georgia, voted last Thursday to shift to a president-CEO organizational structure. “Organizationally, we were missing opportunities to grow,” said Rick Goddard, the partnership’s senior advisor, reported the Warner Robins Patriot. “We needed a full-time leader to manage the efforts and needs of the organization on a day-to-day basis … and not on an advisory or part-time basis …

Much of the Obligation to Assist Veterans Will Fall to Cities, States

  • June 18, 2012
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Many service members returning from combat overseas over the next several years will be dealing with serious medical issues such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, and face challenges finding housing and employment. The demand for services can be expected to overwhelm the Veterans Affairs Department, leaving much of the responsibility for supporting veterans to states and local municipalities. “[Civilians] think the VA or the Department of Defense has it covered. But when a veteran comes home, it takes a community …

Private Foundation Plans Nine New Centers to Treat Combat Trauma

  • June 17, 2012
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The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund last week unveiled a $100 million fundraising campaign to build state-of-the-art facilities to treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder at nine of the nation’s largest installations. The new centers would function as satellite clinics to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. On Wednesday, IFHF broke ground on the first two satellite centers, at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C. …

Sub Base Communities Keep One Eye on Washington

  • June 15, 2012
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Another round of base closings almost certainly won’t take place next year, but Connecticut officials refuse to let their guard down. Since Naval Submarine Base New London narrowly averted closure in the last round of BRAC, the state has created the Office of Military Affairs to lead its effort to preserve the submarine base. The state is using a $50 million pot of money to build improvements on the base located in Groton and to purchase land to protect it from encroachment …

County Celebrates Ft. Belvoir Commanders’ Efforts to Lessen Impact of BRAC Growth

  • June 10, 2012
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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors last week praised the efforts of senior commanders at Fort Belvoir to work closely with the community in addressing the consequences of dramatic BRAC growth at the Northern Virginia post. Mark Moffatt, former deputy garrison commander of transformation and BRAC, was recognized for coordinating with Fairfax officials to determine how the influx of new workers at the installation would affect surrounding traffic patterns, reported the Belvoir Eagle. Garrison Commander Col. John Strycula was recognized for his past two years of leadership, including overseeing the expansion of Fairfax County Parkway …

Former 9th Air Force Commander to Direct South Carolina Task Force

  • June 7, 2012
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William “Dutch” Holland, a retired two-star general who commanded the 9th Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., has been named executive coordinator of the panel created to protect South Carolina’s installations from pending defense cuts. Holland’s experience at Shaw and work with the Sumter Base Defense Committee, the community organization that supports Shaw, qualified him for the position with the South Carolina Military Base Task Force, said state Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, who heads the task force …

Middle Georgia Nears Finish Line of Campaign to Limit Encroachment at Robins AFB

  • June 3, 2012
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Regional officials in Middle Georgia believe they have enough funding to complete the purchase of about 250 properties abutting Robins Air Force Base that potentially could interfere with flight operations at the installation. The Central Georgia Joint Development Authority has bought 74 properties over the past four years, including 46 this year, reported the Telegraph. The development authority is working with the base to apply for a $3 million grant that could allow it to finish its effort to combat encroachment at Robins. “The end is in sight,” said Chan Layson of the development authority. Three counties, the state and the federal government have contributed to the initiative.

REPI Report Chronicles Success of Tool for Combating Encroachment

  • June 3, 2012
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DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative has recorded numerous successes stabilizing or elimination encroachment threats at dozens of locations, according to the 2012 REPI Report to Congress. Through fiscal 2011, the program has protected more than 215,000 acres for 60 locations in 24 states. Sites that have reached goals to secure test and training capabilities include Fort Carson, Colo.; Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev.; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Townsend Bombing Range, Ga.; and Fort Custer, Mich. …

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