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Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Gain Two-Star Headquarters

  • April 26, 2012
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The Army will establish a new two-star headquarters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, reflecting the installation’s growth over the past nine years, as well as its strategic importance, Army Secretary John McHugh said Thursday. “The Department of the Army believes this new headquarters will help meet the needs created by the base’s nine years of dynamic growth and its evolving future missions …

Senior Lawmakers Warn DOD ahead of New Guam Realignment Plan

  • April 24, 2012
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Three members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, including the top Democrat and Republican, repeated their concerns Tuesday that the Pentagon has yet to answer questions about the cost, military sustainment and force management, and overall strategy for the Asia-Pacific region after being briefed on a new agreement between the United States and Japan on the planned move of Marines from Okinawa to Guam. “We require additional information regarding how this proposal relates to the broader strategic concept of operations in the region, the Marine Corps’ concept of operations, master plans and alternatives to base realignments on Guam and Okinawa, as well as the positioning of U.S. Air Force units in the Asia-Pacific region …

Measure Providing Relief to Huntsville-area Schools Moves to Alabama House

  • April 19, 2012
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A measure providing bond money from the state of Alabama to school districts affected by BRAC mission growth was approved in committee this week and is expected to go to the House floor shortly. House Bill 407 would make it easier for school systems to qualify for special renovation or construction bonds by removing the requirement for the schools to first raise their sales or property tax rates …

Lawmakers Urge Armed Services Panel to Address Air National Guard Cuts

  • April 17, 2012
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House lawmakers took advantage of the opportunity offered Tuesday by the Armed Services Committee for non-committee members to discuss their priorities for the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill by calling for the panel to quash planned force structure reductions included in the Air Force’s fiscal 2013 budget request that fall heavily on the Air National Guard. Iowa Rep. Tom Latham questioned the Air Force’s proposal to eliminate the Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing based in Des Moines, saying the decision would result in an irreversible loss of expertise and experience of Guard personnel who fly and maintain the F-16 …

BRAC 2005 Presented Commission, DOD with Numerous Challenges

  • March 11, 2012
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DOD encountered an array of challenges in implementing BRAC 2005 recommendations, contributing to a base closure round that stood out from the previous four, Brian Lepore, director of defense capabilities and management for GAO, told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee last week. In contrast to previous rounds which were primarily intended to reduce excess infrastructure, the 2005 round focused on transforming the military and fostering jointness …

Legislation Would Help Position Huntsville for Future BRAC Round

  • March 7, 2012
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Two measures moving in the Alabama legislature could raise the prospect that the Huntsville region’s Redstone Arsenal attracts new missions in a future round of base closures. Senate Bill 245 would make it easier for school systems to qualify for special renovation or construction bonds available to schools affected by mission growth resulting from BRAC 2005 …

‘No Appetite for BRAC,’ Hutchison Says

  • March 1, 2012
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“There is no appetite for BRAC [in Congress],” Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison told a delegation of San Antonio business leaders Tuesday. But if there were a new round of base closures, Hutchison said, Texas’ installations are in good shape …

New Community Support Funding Proposed for OEA

  • February 13, 2012
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OEA would assist communities affected by the loss of weapons manufacturing jobs as well as those preparing to accommodate an influx of troops returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, under the fiscal 2013 budget request DOD released Monday. The request includes $12.0 million to support reductions in force structure and weapons procurement throughout the nation, funding needed so that OEA can help affected communities coordinate a local, state and federal response …

Business Parks outside Ft. Bragg Slow to Develop

  • January 30, 2012
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Since 2009, Fayetteville, N.C., has been among the nation’s leaders in several economic indicators, yet economic growth in Cumberland County, which borders Fort Bragg’s southeastern perimeter, has failed to meet expectations regarding the impact of BRAC, reports the Fayetteville Observer. Projections that the addition of Forces Command and Reserve Command to Bragg would attract 1,000 defense contractors remain unfilled …

El Paso Leaders Contemplate Coming BRAC Round

  • January 17, 2012
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Despite the overwhelming amount of growth that has come to Fort Bliss as a result of BRAC 2005, El Paso officials are getting ready to defend the installation in the event a new round of base closures is announced. “At this point, we want to create a sense of urgency. As far as economic development is concerned, this is an extremely high priority …

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