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Georgia Senator Pledges to Fight Army Cuts

  • July 9, 2015
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Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) vowed to fight the Army’s planned restructuring after learning from Army Secretary John McHugh on Wednesday that two Georgia posts would lose a total of 4,350 soldiers. “I am demanding answers from the Department of Defense on how they are justifying these troop cuts in Georgia,” Isakson said of the Army’s plans to eliminate, on a net basis, 950 soldiers from Fort Stewart and 3,400 troops from Fort Benning. “I have talked in great detail with Secretary McHugh today and will continue to fight to see to it that we preserve every soldier in Georgia that we can …

Pending Army Cuts Underscore Changing Attitudes about BRAC

  • July 8, 2015
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With the Army expected this week to identify up to 30 installations that could lose thousands of personnel, defense communities are bracing for the worst. “We’re on pins and needles,” Carl McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, told the Washington Post. “To not create a Detroit-like scenario, we cannot lose soldiers. We’ll feel every soldier we lose,” McLaughlin said. A worst case outcome for Fort Drum would mean the loss of 16,000 soldiers and civilians at the post in New York’s North Country. Counting spouses and children, a third of Jefferson County’s population could disappear …

Governor’s Council Calls for Greater Engagement with California Installations, Communities

  • June 28, 2015
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California officials need to step up their support for military missions in the state by strengthening ties with installations and their host communities, according to a report the Governor’s Military Council released last week. Beyond committing to a sustained focus on California’s 30-plus installations, the state also should focus support to related national security activities, including the aerospace industry, defense contractors, federal laboratories and homeland security missions. DOD spends about $70 billion annually in California and employs 360,000 Californians throughout the state. “California plays an essential role in our national defense,” said Ellen Tauscher, chair of the council. “Our military’s most important testing and training ranges are located here and as defense strategy shifts to the Pacific Region and embraces new technologies, California has become more important than ever to national security …

OEA Plans to Support Communities Coping with Downsizing

  • June 23, 2015
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With more than a dozen communities experiencing downsizing at neighboring military installations over the past several years and further cuts in personnel looming, DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment is planning to offer financial assistance and other support to affected communities. The agency plans to issue an announcement next month in the Federal Register soliciting communities to apply for grants to address personnel reductions — including military and civilian — of at least 2,000 at local installations, OEA Director Patrick O’Brien said Monday during the OEA Town Hall session at the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit. Communities would be eligible if they suffered the cuts over the past three years or are slated to absorb them over the next three years …

Washington Governor Prepares for Downsizing at JBLM

  • June 18, 2015
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Wednesday directed a new state committee to craft plans to mitigate a reduction of up to 11,000 soldiers and Army civilians at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. “These are people who are going to need us in coming months by the thousands,” Inslee said. The governor expects the Army to announce next week how it will realign its forces as it eliminates up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, reported the News Tribune. The Army would not confirm that it will announce its second round of force reductions next week, but officials recently have been advising congressional staff and local government leaders that a decision is coming, according to the story …

Task Force’s Efforts to Support Ohio Manufacturing Facility Begin ‘To Pay Off’

  • June 17, 2015
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Task Force LIMA, the local support organization for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, is moving ahead with several initiatives to promote the government-owned, contractor-operated tank and military vehicle production facility in northwestern Ohio. The task force has reached out to the Ohio Federal and Military Jobs Commission after the manufacturing facility was ignored in the commission’s report outlining ways to boost federal and military jobs in Ohio, reported The group plans to nominate a representative to serve on the commission as soon as one of the current member’s terms expires. “I think it’s really important that we now have a partner in the state of Ohio, which is a new dynamic,” said Lima Mayor David Berger …

Amendment Would Require OEA Report on Support for Army Communities

  • June 16, 2015
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The Office of Economic Adjustment would be required to submit a report to Congress on funding that could be made available to communities affected by the Army’s latest restructuring, under an amendment added to the fiscal 2016 defense spending bill last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Army shortly is expected to announce how it will realign its forces to shrink its end strength by up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. Officials announced a similar restructuring in June 2013. At the time, the Army said it would deactivate 10 brigade combat teams to eliminate 80,000 personnel and cut its end strength to 490,000. This latest reduction could trim active-duty forces to 420,000 …

Two Army Communities Suffer Population Loss, Report Shows

  • June 11, 2015
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Two cities with large Army posts have landed on a U.S. Census Bureau list of shrinking cities, with Columbus, Ga., home of Fort Benning, reaching the top of the ranking. The population of Columbus dropped 1.5 percent from July 2013 to July 2014, reported, which linked the decline to a lower-than-expected surge at Benning from the last round of base closures. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson disputed the report, however, calling it “completely irresponsible …

Local Officials, Businesses Unified in Protecting Nellis AFB

  • June 7, 2015
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Las Vegas is not exactly the kind of place that frowns on new development, but elected officials, businesses and residents in the region have made shielding Nellis Air Force Base from encroachment a top priority. “If you want to do something in that area, you’re going to get schooled real quick,” Lisa Beckley, head of the military affairs committee of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, said of proposals that could threaten flying operations at the installation located on the city’s northeast side …

Youngstown Chamber Launches Commission to Protect Air Reserve Station

  • June 2, 2015
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The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber this week launched the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission to promote Youngstown Air Reserve Station in northeastern Ohio ahead of a looming BRAC round. The commission will aim to enhance the military value and national defense excellence at the installation and other military facilities throughout eastern Ohio, reported A local campaign successfully shielded the air station from the last round of base closures, but the installation’s mission and economic impact has declined over the past decade as four aircraft and the crews that maintain them were transferred elsewhere. “Along with many peers, we continue to see local operations shrink,” said John Rossi, president of the chamber foundation. “Instead of merely witnessing reductions, we choose to embrace the military decision-making process and demonstrate the value of our base and importance of our mission,” Rossi said. The air station generates about $180 million of activity annually for the Mahoning Valley’s economy. Two years ago, however, it produced more than $200 million annually for the region.

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