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FAA Approves Airspace Expansion over Northern Plains

  • March 24, 2015
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The FAA on Tuesday approved an Air Force plan to expand military training airspace over parts of four states in the northern Plains, a move that will support operations of B-1 bombers at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., and B-52 bombers at Minot AFB, N.D. The plan will more than triple the area of the Powder River Training Complex to 35,000 square miles located over portions of the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. “This has been a very long process, but I’m proud we’re finally completing this important expansion to provide our servicemen and women with the resources they need to be successful in a combat environment — all done while saving money,” said Sen. John Thune …

Local Planning Required to Address Noise Impacts at MCAS Beaufort, Study Says

  • March 18, 2015
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To reduce land use conflicts with two installations near the southern tip of South Carolina — Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island — local jurisdictions should improve coordination with military officials and consider amending the overlay boundaries associated with the buffer zone for the air station to reflect the impacts of the F-35B fighter aircraft, according to draft reports of a joint land use study released this month. The study calls for the two installations to monitor the environmental impacts of their military activities and to engage in additional public outreach. The local jurisdictions should consider updating their comprehensive plans and regional growth policies to encourage compatibility between the installations and their neighbors …

North Carolina Crafts Plan to Support Military Installations

  • March 13, 2015
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The state of North Carolina is developing a strategic plan to shore up its installations ahead of looming budget cuts, troop drawdowns and a possible BRAC round. Most of the issues the states plans to focus on involve host communities, including the quality of public schools, transportation infrastructure and encroachment, Cornell Wilson, the governor’s military adviser, told state lawmakers on Thursday. Another concern is the condition of training ranges …

Closer Coordination with Community Would Benefit Virginia Base, JLUS Says

  • March 12, 2015
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Naval Support Facility Dahlgren and King George County, Va., should take steps to reach out to the other as a way to avoid potential conflicts that could interfere with the installation’s weapons research and development mission, according to the recommendations of a two-year-long joint land use study. The county, for example, should integrate the facility into the review process for proposed developments planned around impact areas. In the past, projects in areas experiencing increased noise levels from Navy operations have been approved without base officials being aware of the plans …

Lawmakers Approve $2.4M to Buffer Langley AFB, Fentress Landing Field

  • March 6, 2015
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Virginia lawmakers last week approved $2.4 million in amendments to the state budget to protect two military airfields in Hampton Roads — Langley Air Force Base in Hampton and Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field in Chesapeake — from urban encroachment. With stringent spending caps being imposed on DOD and the prospect of a new base closure round, efforts to support the missions of local installations are critical, reported the Virginian-Pilot. “The big thing is we want to keep Langley here, just as Virginia Beach wants to keep Oceana,” said Del. Gordon Helsel …

Utah Lawmakers Endorse Test Range Expansion

  • March 1, 2015
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A resolution endorsing an Air Force plan to expand the Utah Test and Training Range is progressing in the Utah Senate. The Senate’s Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee last week approved the resolution endorsing the extension of the range’s boundaries covering about 700,000 acres in parts of three counties in northwest Utah. The land would be acquired by the Air Force and DOD, reported the Standard. The expansion is needed to create a buffer to protect the range from encroachment from surrounding communities and to improve the military’s capability to test the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II …

Virginia Lawmakers to Consider Funding Encroachment Efforts at Hampton Roads Bases

  • February 26, 2015
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Virginia lawmakers are considering adding $2.4 million to the state budget to protect the Navy’s Fentress Auxiliary Landing Field in Chesapeake and Langley Air Force Base in Hampton from urban encroachment. Fentress would receive $2.1 million and Langley $250,000 under the budget amendments. Chesapeake and Langley have committed to matching the funds, reported the Virginian-Pilot. Chesapeake approved its program last year but has not yet started buying properties, said Deputy City Attorney Andrew Fox. The city plans to spend $2.5 million in municipal funds on the initiative. Officials now are evaluating about 6,000 acres and likely will target property that could be used for high-density development …

Initiative to Fight Encroachment at Robins AFB Advances

  • February 2, 2015
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The state of Georgia has bought 107 housing units outside of Robins Air Force Base in an effort to limit encroachment, and officials continue to negotiate with property owners on additional purchases. Despite the state’s progress so far targeting mobile home parks to lower residential density in northern Houston County adjacent to the installation, some local lawmakers want the state to accelerate its timetable. “It’s not fast enough until we get it done,” said State House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal (R), who is concerned the effort won’t be completed before the next BRAC round. Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said he was confident the pace of home purchases by the state would pick up …

Race to Add Buffer Space Won’t Help a Base Make Its Case, Experts Say

  • January 27, 2015
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The pressure of a looming BRAC round has prompted many defense communities to expand buffer zones around local installations to protect them from encroachment, but the efforts likely won’t impress Pentagon officials developing closure recommendations, according to several experts. “I think it’s a misguided competition,” Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told the Pensacola News Journal. “A buffer zone may reduce noise complaints, but I don’t think it’s going to make a big difference to the DOD …

SunZia Transmission Line Gains Federal Approval despite Local Opposition

  • January 26, 2015
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With the full support of the Defense Department, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Saturday announced her agency had granted final approval to a 515-mile, high-voltage transmission line from New Mexico to Arizona that crosses the northern tip of White Sands Missile Range. Last year, DOD and the Bureau of Land Management reached a compromise calling for the developer of the SunZia project to bury five miles of the line to eliminate conflicts with training and weapons testing on White Sands’ northern extension. On Saturday, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, joined Jewell at Sandia National Laboratories to signal the Pentagon’s stance that the project would not interfere with operations at the missile range …

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