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Effort to Buffer Robins AFB nears Milestone

  • September 4, 2015
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The multi-year effort by the state and a regional authority to buy properties surrounding Robins Air Force Base in Middle Georgia in an attempt to lower the residential density around the airfield is closing in on its 300th purchase. Last week, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources approved the purchase of eight more properties. Officials continue to look for properties near the installation to buy and demolish, reported Macon.com. “We’re doing active outreach” to property owners, said Dwight Davis, a member of the agency’s board. By the end of the year, the state plans to have closed on 68 properties. In addition, the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority has purchased 214 properties. To date, the two agencies have spent about $20.5 million to help protect Robins from urban development. The two have allocated a total of $30 million to the effort to fight encroachment.

Court Rebuffs Neighbors’ Complaints over Noise from Navy Growlers at Washington Base

  • August 14, 2015
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A federal judge this week refused to grant an injunction sought by residents in northwest Washington state to suspend flights of EA-18G Growler aircraft based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to an outlying landing field (OLF) to practice takeoffs and landings. The neighbors complained that the flights to OLF Coupeville, which resumed early last year following a temporary moratorium, were causing serious health effects due to noise. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly, however, ruled that the group of residents known as Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Environment failed to show that overflights by the Navy’s newest electronic-warfare aircraft were significantly louder than described in a 2005 environmental assessment, reported the Seattle Times …

Installations, Local Partners in Three States Win DOD Awards for Habitat Protection

  • August 14, 2015
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Conservation projects in Georgia, Maine and Nevada intended to protect buffer lands at four military installations in collaboration with local agencies and nonprofits will receive a total of $6.2 million, DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program announced earlier this week. The three 2015 REPI Challenge award winners are Fort Benning/Fort Stewart, Ga.; Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, Nev.; and the Naval Shipyard Portsmouth Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School, Maine. The three partnerships will leverage their DOD awards with more than $21 million in other funding to protect a total of 28,050 acres. The REPI Challenge aims to protect large parcels of land through cost sharing from local and private partners to preserve compatible land uses that support military readiness, while also protecting critical wildlife habitats and threatened and endangered species. The competition places a premium on harnessing the creativity of the private sector to leverage unconventional sources of funding, attract philanthropic support and take advantage of market-based approaches to land and resource conservation …

Army Seeks Community Input over Plan to Train Rocket Units at JBLM

  • August 4, 2015
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The Army is seeking input from residents of the South Sound region of Washington state about a plan to conduct a three-day test at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to determine whether it can conduct rocket firing training without disturbing surrounding communities. The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System can create a sonic boom and likely will be more noticeable to residents than the howitzer cannons currently used in training at the installation, reported the News Tribune. The Nisqually Reservation is the closest community to the installation firing range and likely would experience the loudest noises. Officials will host an open house this week for residents …

Northern California Community Needs JLUS for Travis AFB

  • August 4, 2015
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Solano County, Calif., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Travis Air Force Base, including the associated special use airspace and C-17 assault landing zone. The DOD OEA provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS planning process to support the long-term sustainability and operability of the military installation complex. Solano County has received an OEA grant to assist in the preparation of a JLUS for Travis AFB located in Fairfield, Calif. The county will be the project sponsor. Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations. Proposals should be submitted to: Jim Leland, principal planner, Solano County Department of Resource Management, 675 Texas Street, Fairfield, CA 94533, no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, on Aug. 31. The request for proposals can be viewed on the county website …

Florida Grants to Help Communities Strengthen Local Installations

  • July 5, 2015
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Thirteen defense communities in Florida will receive more than $3 million to enhance 19 installations through a variety of activities, Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced last week. The bulk of the funding, $2.5 million, was awarded through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs, according to a release from the governor’s office. Eleven counties received a total of $850,000 in defense reinvestment grants, which support relationships between military installations and their community and promote economic diversification strategies in defense-dependent communities. Nine counties were awarded a total of $1.6 million in defense infrastructure grants for encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, environment and security projects …

Planning Board Postpones Votes on Zoning Changes outside Moody AFB

  • July 2, 2015
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The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission this week tabled several zoning changes involving property outside Moody Air Force Base due to concerns the amendments could jeopardize future missions at the installation in south central Georgia. The two most significant proposals would increase the allowable density for properties handed down to family members and remove a noise impact area, reported the Valdosta Daily Times. Moody needs to overcome several hurdles in the coming years, including the loss of its primary mission hosting the A-10 Warthog close air support aircraft and a looming BRAC round, said Michael Lee, president of the South Georgia Military Affairs Council. The installation and the surrounding area need to have the flexibility to accommodate whatever mission Moody is assigned, he said. Shrinking the noise impact area could send the wrong message to the Air Force. “Let’s not gamble on Moody’s future,” Lee said.

SunZia Proposes Shifting Transmission Line North of White Sands

  • June 30, 2015
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The developer of a 515-mile, high-voltage transmission line from New Mexico to Arizona has proposed rerouting a portion of the project that crosses the northern tip of White Sands Missile Range in an attempt to avoid the need to bury a portion of the line. The project gained the federal government’s approval in January after 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. But since January, SunZia has begun discussions with the New Mexico State Land Office and DOD about shifting the transmission line north of White Sands to move most of it out of the range’s call-up zone …

Eastern Washington Leaders Raise Alarm over Casino Project

  • June 19, 2015
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Lawmakers in Eastern Washington and other advocates for Fairchild Air Force Base are hoping to convince Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to block the Spokane Tribe’s plan to build a resort and casino under the path of training flights from the installation, after the U.S. Interior Department this week approved the project following a two-year review. Any possible encroachment issue could hurt Fairchild in a future BRAC round, area leaders said. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) told the Spokesman-Review she plans to call Inslee and urge him to reject the plan. The Republican congresswoman said she supports the tribe’s efforts for economic development but opposes the location because, in her opinion, “Fairchild comes first …

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 …

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