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Ft. Sill under Scrutiny as Army Considers Second Round of Personnel Cuts

  • July 29, 2014
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Fort Sill was largely unscathed following the Army’s first round of cuts which were designed to shrink the service’s active-duty end strength from 562,000 to 490,000 by fiscal year 2015. The restructuring announced in June 2013, which resulted in the elimination of brigade combat teams at 10 U.S. installations, only called for a reduction of 546 soldiers at the Lawton, Okla., post. A second round of cuts needed to bring the Army down to a force as small as 420,000 soldiers, evaluated in a supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released last month, analyzes a maximum reduction at the installation of 6,022 soldiers and 820 civilians …

Ft. Hood Should Be Shielded from Next Round of Army Cuts, Support Group Official Says

  • July 27, 2014
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Because it ranks as one of the Army’s top installations based on military value, Fort Hood is unlikely to suffer a worst-case scenario loss of 14,606 soldiers and 1,394 civilians when the service determines how to eliminate up to 70,000 additional troops by 2020, according to the head of the post’s community-based support group. “They will objectively analyze the effect a base has on its surrounding area, and the area’s deemed high military value will be unaffected by major changes,” Bill Parry, executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, said Thursday at a meeting of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp. In fact, the central Texas post could grow if the Pentagon were to conduct a new round of base closures, he said …

House Readiness Chair Reiterates Stance on New BRAC Round

  • July 23, 2014
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At a summit on maintaining military readiness under spending constraints, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, reiterated his position that Congress shouldn’t consider approving a new round of base closures until the Pentagon clarifies the future direction of force structure and its objectives for the next BRAC. “And if we’re going to get this right, we need to finish some things, we need to understand where’s end strength going to end up, how are we going to properly resource in the face of sequester, in the face of transitioning out of [the overseas contingency operations account] …

State Leads Effort to Highlight Assets at Ft. Leavenworth

  • July 22, 2014
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The Kansas Governor’s Military Council is working closely with elected officials and community leaders in northeastern Kansas to make the case for protecting Fort Leavenworth in the face of the Army’s latest effort to eliminate up to 70,000 additional troops by 2020. The supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released by the Army last month evaluated a maximum reduction at Leavenworth of 1,789 soldiers and 735 civilians. “The significance is huge,” said John Armbrust, the council’s executive director …

Central Kentucky Officials Seek Community Support to Fend off Cuts at Ft. Knox

  • July 21, 2014
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Local and state officials in Kentucky’s Heartland are urging residents in communities neighboring Fort Knox to write the Army in support of the post as the service considers where to eliminate personnel as it further shrinks its active-duty end strength. “We need the public’s help in making our case,” said Brad Richardson, president and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the group One Knox. The supplemental programmatic environmental assessment released by the Army last month evaluated a maximum reduction at Fort Knox of 5,954 soldiers and 1,651 civilians …

Appropriations Panel Blocks Most Cost-Saving Reforms

  • July 17, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a $490 billion fiscal 2015 defense spending bill that rejects many of the Pentagon’s cost-savings proposals intended to comply with the Budget Control Act spending caps. The measure blocks DOD’s plan to slash subsidies for military grocery stores by $200 million in FY 2015; however, it embraced one of the department’s reforms — limiting housing allowances below the rate of inflation. The plan to slow the growth in the basic allowance for housing would save $8.8 billion in personnel costs over the next five years, according to a committee summary of the spending bill …

Senate Panel Votes to Preserve A-10 Fleet

  • July 15, 2014
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The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $490 billion fiscal 2015 defense spending bill that allocates $338 million in funding to keep the A-10 close air support aircraft flying and reject the Air Force’s proposal to retire its Warthog fleet. The Air Force has said eliminating the A-10 would save $4.2 billion over the next five years, but Tuesday’s vote marks the latest indication that Congress will keep the aircraft flying next year. The House Appropriations Committee had embraced the retirement plan, but House lawmakers last month overwhelmingly voted to reverse that decision …

Wittman Tries to Raise the Profile of ‘Readiness’

  • July 15, 2014
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The budget accounts that fund military readiness, operation and maintenance, typically suffer disproportionate cuts when the defense budget needs to be trimmed in the near term because other accounts often are tied up in long-term spending commitments. But while operation accounts are seen as a convenient place to take budget cuts, Virginia Rep. Rob Wittman (R), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, would like to change that perception, especially as the Pentagon needs to cope with steeper cuts in the coming years …

Air Force Plan for New Installation Support Center Still under Development

  • July 15, 2014
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Further details about the organization the Air Force plans to establish to consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities across the service are not yet available as the strategy and implementation plans for the activity are still being developed, a spokesman said Tuesday. Officials on Monday announced plans to stand up the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center as part of a larger effort to streamline overhead to meet a Pentagon directive to trim costs and staff levels by 20 percent. At this point, the Air Force has not set a timeline for establishing the new support center …

Local Official Expresses Confidence Ft. Lee Will Survive Next Round of Army Cuts

  • July 14, 2014
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The Army is considering reducing the number of soldiers and civilians at Fort Lee, Va., by up to 3,600 personnel, but because of recent investments in the installation and the nature of its mission, any reductions imposed likely would be significantly smaller in magnitude, according to a local planning official. “Because of the budget constraints in Washington, they are taking a hard look at, where do they go in the future,” Denny Morris, executive director of the Crater Planning District, told the Progress-Index. “I don’t think they’re going to change too much because the mission at Fort Lee is still basically the same …

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