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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

Expansion of Northern Flight Training Area Provokes Local Opposition

  • July 22, 2014
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An Air Force plan to expand a military flight training area for bombers over parts of Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas is drawing opposition from local officials concerned about the impact of increased flight activity. The Air Force says it needs to expand the Powder River Training Complex to 28,000 square miles for use by B-1 bombers based at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., and B-52 bombers at Minot AFB, N.D., reported the Billings Gazette. The move would cut training costs by limiting the need for the aircraft to fly to Utah and Nevada. The expansion is critical to preserving the B-1 mission at Ellsworth, according to South Dakota Sen. John Thune …

N.C. Base Provides Washington Officials Up-Close Look at Sources of Encroachment

  • July 14, 2014
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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point recently hosted top Pentagon and White House officials for a firsthand look at the primary encroachment challenges faced by the installation on the coast of North Carolina and its outlying training facilities. One of the visit’s key goals was to show the officials where funding from DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program for establishing a buffer around Cherry Point has been used. “Flying this diverse group of officials around our military installations provided for a better understanding of how funds are used to prevent encroachment here …

Residents Fret about Noise Impacts from Possible New Missions at Davis-Monthan AFB

  • July 8, 2014
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Residents in neighborhoods close to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are becoming increasingly concerned about what aircraft could be based at the Tucson, Ariz., installation in the future when its three squadrons of A-10 attack jets are replaced. The base’s neighbors are resigned to the noise levels generated by the A-10, but many oppose other possible missions, including F-16 and F-35 fighters, due to those louder noise profiles of those aircraft, reported the Arizona Daily Star. Last year, 19 neighborhood associations signed a letter opposing any plan to house F-35s at the installation …

City, State to Protect Landing Field Used by NAS Oceana from Encroachment

  • June 29, 2014
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The Chesapeake (Va.) City Council last week approved a program to use city funds to protect Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, used by pilots based at nearby Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach to practice carrier landings, from encroachment. The initiative calls for Chesapeake to spend $1 million, an amount that would be matched by the commonwealth of Virginia, to either purchase land or the development rights around Fentress. The city already has spent about $4.3 million since 2008 purchasing hundreds of acres along the flight path from Fentress to Oceana …

Missouri’s Camp Crowder Not Crowded by Surrounding Community, JLUS Reveals

  • June 2, 2014
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Operations at Camp Crowder, a 4,400-acre base operated by the Missouri National Guard, are not jeopardized by surrounding land uses, according to the results of a recently completed joint land use study (JLUS). About a third of the land adjacent to Camp Crowder already is protected from development, one third has been developed for commercial, residential or intensive agricultural use, and the remaining third is undeveloped. The facility isn’t threatened by future growth either …

Pentagon, BLM Reach Compromise Allowing Transmission Line to Go Ahead

  • May 27, 2014
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The developer of a 515-mile, high-voltage transmission line will need to bury five miles of the line to eliminate conflicts with training and weapons testing on the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., under a compromise DOD worked out with the Bureau of Land Management. The compromise seemingly settles the dispute between the developer of the SunZia project and supporters of White Sands — along with DOD — over the line’s potential to impact testing and evaluation activities at the missile range …

States Extends Effort to Purchase Homes next to Robins AFB

  • May 21, 2014
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A local effort to purchase homes outside of Robins Air Force Base is receiving a helping hand from the state to limit encroachment outside of the Middle Georgia base. To date the local effort, which includes contributions from three counties and is being led by the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority, has closed on 179 properties, with the number expected to rise to 200 by the end of the year. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which only received approval to buy properties in April, has received requests from 100 property owners. Total funding for the initiative, including contributions from Georgia and DOD is $29.8 million, reported The local effort is focusing on properties closest to the airfield, with the state addressing other areas subject to aircraft noise.

Clean Energy Trumps Pax River Support as Governor Vetoes Bill Blocking Wind Farms

  • May 18, 2014
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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Friday vetoed a bill that would have blocked a proposed wind farm on the state’s Eastern Shore, ignoring the concerns of southern Maryland officials who believe the project could interfere with a radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The measure would have delayed the construction of large turbines within 56 miles of Pax River — an area that would cover the distance from the air station on the Chesapeake Bay’s western shore to the Great Bay project site across the bay. The decision by O’Malley, a strong proponent of clean energy development contemplating a run for the White House, was praised by environmentalists …

Governor Appeals to White House to Protect White Sands from Transmission Line

  • April 29, 2014
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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is urging President Obama to intervene in a decision by the Interior Department’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management over the planned route of a transmission line that calls for it to cut through the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Martinez’s letter to Obama echoed the concerns of Pentagon officials and the installation commander who earlier have said the planned route of SunZia’s 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line would interfere with testing and evaluation activities at White Sands …

Many Officers Will Be Forced Out, Army Concedes

  • April 24, 2014
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The Army on Wednesday acknowledged that a majority of the 3,000 officers whose positions need to be eliminated by the end of fiscal 2015 will be forced out, clarifying an earlier assertion denying the officers would be subject to involuntary separation. Officials will need to let go at least 2,000 officers as part of an effort to shrink the service’s end strength from 522,000 soldiers to 490,000 by October 2015, reported Government Executive in a correction to a recent story …

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