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Posts Tagged ‘community military partnership’

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 …

Partnership between DOD, Defense Communities Rests on Three Legs, Armbrust Says

  • August 6, 2012
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As the Defense Department, its installations and defense communities adjust to a fiscal environment marked by uncertainty, one lesson is becoming clear — the role of communities, states and the private sector in supporting DOD is more important than ever, noted ADC President John Armbrust on Monday during the association’s 2012 Annual Conference. In recognition of the closer link between communities and the military, it makes sense to establish a new framework for the partnership between the Pentagon and America’s defense communities, Armbrust said just prior to introducing the morning’s keynote speaker, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta …

BRAC Isn’t Going Away, Panetta Tells Communities

  • August 6, 2012
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Acknowledging there will not be a BRAC round next year, Secretary Panetta told more than 600 attendees Monday at the ADC 2012 Annual Conference that the nation’s fiscal challenges will continue to drive the need for DOD to pare its infrastructure at the same time it reduces its end strength. “Our budget made tough decisions to cut the size of the force. It would be irresponsible for us not to cut excess infrastructure and overhead as well,” Panetta said. And while it wasn’t a surprise that Congress shot down the department’s request to hold a new BRAC round in 2013, the Monterey native said it was an important topic to broach, and a debate that must continue …

Army’s College Honored for Extraordinary Leadership

  • August 5, 2012
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Craig College, Ph.D., the Army’s deputy assistant chief of staff for installation management, has demonstrated visionary leadership throughout his career, managing significant programs to transform Army structure, increase installation efficiency and address budget reduction mandates. Since 2006, he has been the deputy staff principal of the organization responsible for policies, programs and budgets for Army installations worldwide, including making sure facilities are available for senior mission commanders and the well-being of the force, families and civilians who live, work and train at them …

A Closer Look at Installation-Community Partnerships and Where They Are Headed

  • July 30, 2012
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Community-military partnerships are gaining increasing attention from the military and local officials as garrison commanders face shrinking budgets for installation support and defense communities look for ways to enhance the military value of their neighboring bases. The latest article published in the Journal of Defense Communities explores the changes that are prompting military and community leaders to take a closer look at partnerships, and provides a template for assessing the success of a prospective collaboration …

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