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Preparation for Guam Buildup to Move ahead following Record of Decision

  • September 4, 2015
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Officials from the Navy and Guam are pointing to last week’s release of the record of decision for the realignment of 5,000 Marines from Okinawa as a key milestone for the territory as well as for the U.S. rebalance to the Asia Pacific. “It is a historic event for Guam; and for our armed forces,” said Gov. Eddie Calvo. Most significantly, the record of decision accepts the Navy’s scaled-down plan for accommodating the move within the military’s existing footprint on Guam. Prior to a 2012 agreement between U.S. and Japanese officials, 8,600 Marines and 9,000 dependents were slated to relocate to Guam, which would have required the Navy to acquire 1,688 acres of land from either the local government or private landowners …

OEA Grant to Support Guam Realignment

  • September 1, 2015
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The Guam governor’s office has been awarded a $372,002 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to help the island prepare for the relocation of about 5,000 Marines and 1,300 dependents from Okinawa. The grant will pay for the salaries of three new employees, new computers, and travel by the governor and other officials, reported Pacific Daily News. The new staff will include the governor’s buildup director, an executive assistant and a program coordinator. Since 2007, OEA has awarded $2.6 million in grants to the governor’s office related to the realignment of Marines Corps personnel …

Revised Relocation of Marines Would Lessen Impact to Guam, Review Concludes

  • July 21, 2015
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The Navy last week released its environmental review for a revised realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam agreed to in 2012, signaling the likely resumption of the Navy’s effort to ready Guam to accommodate the arrival of about 5,000 Marines. As a result of the scaled-down move, the cantonment area, housing and live fire training range needed to accommodate the relocation will be confined to the military’s existing footprint on Guam, according to the final supplemental environmental impact statement. The Navy’s original plan called for the acquisition of 1,688 acres of land from either the local government or private landowners, reported the Pacific Daily News. “This is a very important step forward in the relocation effort, and the Department of Defense has worked diligently to address the core concerns that were raised by our community,” said Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo …

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 …

Budget Constraints Squeeze Funding for Road Improvements at Growth Bases

  • December 21, 2014
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Transportation requirements at a number of installations, including needs both on-base and outside the gates, are not being met due to severe constraints in military construction funding, according to the House and Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittees. “This problem is particularly acute on growth installations that serve as host commands for a variety of military departments,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the FY 2015 omnibus spending bill signed into law last week by the president …

Northeastern Maryland Communities Embark on Land Use Study for Proving Ground

  • September 17, 2014
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Residents, business leaders and local officials from communities surrounding Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., gathered at two public workshops this week to learn about the joint land use study being launched to ensure land uses around the installation remain compatible with its existing and future missions. The study is expected to focus on a variety of issues that could result in conflicts — including noise, safety zones, light and glare, vertical obstructions, roadway capacity and air quality, according to the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, which is coordinating the effort …

$10M TIGER Grant to Reduce Congestion outside Ft. Meade

  • September 9, 2014
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The Maryland Department of Transportation will receive $10 million in federal funding to reduce congestion on one of the primary roads providing access to Fort Meade, the state’s two senators announced Tuesday. The funds, awarded through the Department of Transportation’s transportation investment generating economic recovery (TIGER) grant program, would upgrade Route 175 from an undivided two-lane road to a divided six-lane road, with a trail, sidewalks and on-road bike facilities. The stretch of road serves a major entrance gate to the post, which has expanded since the last BRAC round to support a residential and employee population of about 56,000 …

State Funds Fuel School Construction in Huntsville

  • September 3, 2014
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Madison County, Ala., has been taking advantage of its share of state bond funds intended to help school districts affected by BRAC growth at Redstone Arsenal. Last month, the county school system completed the $2.3 million purchase of a parcel planned to house a new high school and celebrated the opening of a new intermediate school, reported the Redstone Rocket. The school’s opening allowed officials to lessen overcrowding at an elementary school and reduce the number of grades handled at two other schools …

Cannon AFB Growth Committee to Revamp

  • August 4, 2014
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Officials in eastern New Mexico are considering revamping the mission of the Local Growth Management Committee, the organization created to help identify a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base following the last BRAC round. “We need to redefine the purpose of this committee,” Sharon King, the committee chair and Portales mayor, said at Friday’s committee meeting, reported the Clovis News Journal. As part of the strategic planning effort contemplated by the group, it might come up with a new name. King stressed, though, that there are no plans to disband the committee.

Growth Lags behind BRAC Projections outside Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • July 24, 2014
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Optimistic projections that BRAC-fueled growth would bring more than 18,000 contractor jobs and create demand for dozens of office buildings outside of Aberdeen Proving Ground have not been met since the installation in northeast Maryland was identified as the destination of R&D activities from other locations nine years ago. “We just haven’t seen the transformation of Aberdeen itself that a lot of people thought we would see,” Scott Dorsey, CEO of Merritt Properties LLC, told the Baltimore Sun. In 2008, Merritt purchased land in Aberdeen for five buildings, but so far has completed only one; it currently is empty …

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