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Posts Tagged ‘growth communities’

Guam Lawmaker to Urge DOD to Rely on Privatization to Supply Housing for Buildup

  • June 25, 2012
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A member of the Guam legislature plans to recommend the Defense Department turn to its family housing privatization initiative to provide housing needed to accommodate up to 5,000 Marines slated to move there from Japan. “The MHPI [Military Housing Privatization Initiative] is a workable alternative to what was previously announced by the DOD, which saw the government of Japan taking advantage of constructing military housing and reaping the benefits of the repayment by the DOD …

Change in Marine Corps’ Plans Leaves Guam Unsettled

  • June 17, 2012
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The impact of the decision by the United States and Japan to scale down the scope of the realignment of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa already is being felt in Guam, the island territory that had been preparing for the influx of military personnel. Homes built in Guam for thousands of temporary construction workers sit vacant, with some now serving as affordable housing for island residents. In April, the two nations revised their roadmap for moving troops off of Okinawa. Under the new agreement, between 4,700 and 5,000 troops will be stationed in Guam; initially, 8,600 Marines and their families would have relocated from Okinawa …

Aberdeen Proving Ground to Gain Relief from Traffic Congestion

  • June 15, 2012
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The state of Maryland will spend nearly $9 million for intersection improvements to increase traffic flow to and from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown announced this week. Traffic in Aberdeen already has grown exponentially since thousands of employees moved to the area as a result of BRAC 2005. The funding will cover the purchase of land needed to improve one intersection and the relocation of utilities required to improve another. Further funding, however, will be required to complete the construction, reported BelAir Patch. “Our commitment to BRAC remains strong as we understand that BRAC in Maryland means more jobs, a stronger economy and a valuable contribution to our national security,” said Brown, chair of the Governor’s BRAC subcabinet.

County Celebrates Ft. Belvoir Commanders’ Efforts to Lessen Impact of BRAC Growth

  • June 10, 2012
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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors last week praised the efforts of senior commanders at Fort Belvoir to work closely with the community in addressing the consequences of dramatic BRAC growth at the Northern Virginia post. Mark Moffatt, former deputy garrison commander of transformation and BRAC, was recognized for coordinating with Fairfax officials to determine how the influx of new workers at the installation would affect surrounding traffic patterns, reported the Belvoir Eagle. Garrison Commander Col. John Strycula was recognized for his past two years of leadership, including overseeing the expansion of Fairfax County Parkway …

County Supervisors Take Glimpse behind Curtain at China Lake

  • June 7, 2012
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With a new BRAC round potentially close on the horizon, the Kern County Board of Supervisors toured Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake last week to gain a better understanding of what goes on at the Navy’s premier land range and weapons development laboratory. The base, located in the Western Mojave Desert of California, is used to test and evaluate weapons systems used on Navy aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles, and to develop new weapons and fuels. China Lake benefited from a consolidation of the Navy’s weapons testing and development functions following the 2005 BRAC round, gaining $350 million in construction and new personnel. The board and Scott O’Neil, executive director of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, generally agreed China Lake should emerge largely unharmed in a future BRAC due to its existing mission and geographic assets, reported the Daily Independent.

Ft. Bragg Alliance Teams with Nonprofits to Develop Regional Defense Cluster

  • May 23, 2012
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The Fort Bragg Regional Alliance is partnering with two local economic development organizations in a year-long effort to attract defense-related companies to 11 central and eastern North Carolina counties. The alliance, an organization founded to ready communities surrounding Fort Bragg for BRAC-related growth, will contract through mid-2013 with North Carolina’s Southeast and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership to continue the development of the defense industry cluster in south central North Carolina …

Senate Panel Asks for Details on Planned Changes to DOD’s Roads Program

  • May 23, 2012
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The Department of Defense is considering improving and expanding the Defense Access Roads program, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2013 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. The changes are intended to address the strict eligibility requirements of the program, which is the only mechanism DOD has for upgrading roads outside of military installations. To be eligible for aid through the DAR program, an installation must demonstrate that traffic congestion for commuters has doubled, an extremely high hurdle for urban areas to satisfy …

Latest BRAC Facility Adds to Traffic Woes in Northern Virginia

  • May 14, 2012
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When the Defense Health Headquarters — which will bring all DOD military medical health care operations to one campus — opens in July, about 3,000 employees are expected to exacerbate existing traffic congestion in Fairfax County, Va. Because the facility is located in leased space that already existed, however, the site was not required to meet many rules designed to lessen traffic impacts, reports wtop.com …

Navy to Reconsider Location of Marine Base on Guam

  • May 2, 2012
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The Navy plans to broaden the scope of an ongoing environmental impact study to assess the impact of reducing the number of Marines relocating from Okinawa to Guam, the Joint Guam Program Office said Tuesday. The expanded supplemental EIS — initially intended to identify locations for a live fire training complex — will evaluate new alternatives for locating the Marine’s main base and family housing, and take a fresh look at how changes in the size of the influx will affect Guam’s civil infrastructure …

DOD Could Support Municipal Services in Guam under Authorization Bill Provision

  • April 30, 2012
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Guam would eligible for federal assistance to cover the costs of providing increased municipal services and facilities stemming from the relocation of Marine Corps personnel, under a provision in the FY 2013 defense authorization bill approved by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee Friday. DOD would be required to determine “that an unfair and excessive financial burden will be incurred by the government of Guam to provide the services and facilities in the absence of the Department of Defense assistance,” according to the provision.

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