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Posts Tagged ‘community military partnership’

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 …

Are Your Community and Base Ready to Partner through a Shared Services Agreement?

  • October 8, 2013
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Efforts by DOD and defense communities to take advantage of a new authority allowing installations and their host communities to share base support services through intergovernmental support agreements have stepped up considerably since the law was enacted in January. The Air Force began moving ahead earlier this year at 15 locations to identify partnering opportunities, while the Army’s initiative to determine if its posts can benefit from the legislation ramped up this summer. Both services see the potential for reducing their installation support costs as a way to mitigate the impact of declining budgets …

Middle Georgia Communities Formalize Partnership with Robins AFB

  • September 26, 2013
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The city of Warner Robins and other communities in Central Georgia formalized a partnership with Robins Air Force Base this week committing the parties to look for ways to reduce the installation’s operating costs by sharing support services. The charter agreement is the most formal commitment to date among the installation and its host communities stemming from an Air Force initiative providing funding for 15 installations to work with community leaders to identify partnering opportunities …

Amid Sequestration, Holding Steady Can Be Considered Success, Consultant Says

  • September 12, 2013
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Maintaining current missions at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, is a worthy aspiration amid the current fiscal climate in Washington, a consultant told the community support group for the facility also known as the Lima Army Tank Plant. There is value in keeping what you have, CBD Advisors’ Matt Kambic, a retired Army major general, told members of Task Force Lima last week, especially if other communities are less fortunate. CBD was hired by the Dayton Development Coalition to develop a federal retention strategy for Ohio’s military and NASA assets, reported the Lima News. In the 2005 BRAC round, the task force was successful in keeping the Lima plant open. DOD only trimmed its infrastructure by 3 percent in 2005, but Kambic told the group he believes cuts will more significant in the next base closure round.

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 …

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