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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

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 …

Plans to Attract Defense Firms to Eastern Oklahoma Advance

  • August 4, 2015
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Plans to foster the defense industry in McAlester moved ahead last week after the city council voted to accept a $193,257 award from the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission. Leroy Alsup, the city’s community and economic development director, proposed dedicating $93,000 of the award to a planned defense industrial park that may be located next to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in eastern Oklahoma, reported McAlester News. The city is waiting for the Army to update the plant’s strategic plan before determining where the industrial park would go, Alsup said. A site outside the plant’s gates would make sense if a defense company were willing to move to McAlester …

Army Commission Departs to Europe

  • July 30, 2015
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The National Commission on the Future of the Army visited U.S. Army Europe headquarters in Wiesbaden on Tuesday and was scheduled to hold further meetings in Grafenwöhr on Wednesday to review the future role of U.S. forces across the Atlantic. “Certainly, one of the things we’ve looked at is how quickly can the U.S. respond and what is the right balance of forces in Europe, both assigned and rotational,” said Carter Ham, the commission’s chairman and a former leader of U.S. Africa Command and Army Europe. The commission will look at the structure and size of the Army, determine the proper mix between the active and reserve components, and assess how government policies will affect mission requirements …

Maryland Town Looks for Development Strategies to Raise Quality of Life for Navy Engineers

  • July 30, 2015
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In an effort to help Naval Support Facility Indian Head retain the younger members of its highly educated workforce, the town of Indian Head, Md., is looking for ways to offer amenities desired by millennials. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, the largest tenant command at Indian Head, has not experienced difficulties attracting qualified engineers. It plans on hiring up to 250 engineers this year. The command’s problem is that new engineers are leaving after an average of 11 months. “And that’s something as a community we’ve got to address,” Brian Klaas, co-chairman of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Alliance Council, said at the group’s meeting on Monday …

Massachusetts Steps up Base Promotion Efforts

  • July 29, 2015
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) is traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Pentagon’s top installations official to promote the state’s military facilities. Baker is meeting with two Senate Armed Services members from New England — Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee’s ranking member, and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who chairs the committee’s panel responsible for BRAC policy. At DOD, the governor will meet with John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment. Meeting with senators from other New England states will help officials develop a regional strategy to protect the installations, MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones, who will join the governor, told MassLive.com. Many base employees cross state lines to get to work, and the New England installations play different roles and do not compete with one another …

Spaceport Designation at Ellington Airport Expected to Lift Houston’s Fortunes

  • July 29, 2015
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The recent selection of Ellington Airport as the nation’s 10th commercial spaceport is expected to greatly bolster Houston’s economy as a new industry grows around the former Air Force facility. The FAA granted the Houston Airport System a launch license for Ellington on June 30. The spaceport designation “is a signal to all of the aerospace businesses that Houston means business and that we are welcoming them, any and all, to come and explore the opportunities that Houston can provide for aerospace companies,” said Dan Seal, executive director of special initiatives at Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership …

Air Force Turns on First Well Treating Fuel Spill outside of Kirtland AFB

  • July 29, 2015
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Albuquerque officials are hopeful that the Air Force’s latest effort to address an underground fuel leak at Kirtland Air Force Base that could be as large as 24 million gallons will protect the city’s drinking water supply. In June, workers turned on the first of a series of wells that will pump the fuel and contaminated water out of the ground. The Air Force plans to build two more wells this fall and, depending on how the cleanup progresses, workers could construct up to five wells next year, reported Air Force Times. “There was a period of time during which we were very concerned about the apparent lack of progress and lack of clarity with respect to cleanup plans,” said David Morris, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. “So we’ve been very encouraged by recent developments, which seem to point to a renewed commitment on the part of the Air Force to address this problem …

Army Commission Continues National Tour

  • July 28, 2015
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The National Commission on the Future of the Army has maintained a brisk pace as it visits posts across the country to assess the right balance between the active Army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve. Last week, Chairman Carter Ham and Commissioner Jack Stultz visited Fort Campbell, Ky., to meet with Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Holmes, deputy adjutant general of the Tennessee National Guard, and Col. Darrell Darnbush, commander of the 278th Armor Brigade Combat Team. “We were particularly interested in the partnerships the National Guard has built with its active duty neighbors and the overall ability to conduct multi-component training,” Ham said, reported Clarksville Online. “The importance of ensuring readiness of the Total Army Force in a fiscally constrained environment is critical to sustaining the relationships (among active and reserve components) formed through 14 years of combat …

Pennsylvania Army Depot Undergoing Makeover

  • July 28, 2015
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Tobyhanna Army Depot in northeastern Pennsylvania is in the midst of a $105 million renovation designed to modernize aging buildings and updating workspaces for the digital age. With weapons less reliant on solid state components and other hardware, one aim of the makeover is outfitting the depot to better accommodate programmers and computer technicians. “Electronics technology is evolving fast and it means adding new lines of business to our mission,” depot spokesman Ed Mickley told the Times-Tribune. “More of what we are doing requires upgrades in the same way a computer gets upgraded.” The bulk of the renovation projects will provide the depot’s 3,100 workers better facilities, including more efficient, lighting, heating and cooling. Some facilities date to the World War II era. The effort also includes a new visitor control center and the demolition of housing units that already had been replaced. The initiative is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Pentagon Follows Best Practices for Facilities Planning, GAO Finds

  • July 28, 2015
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The Defense Department adheres to leading practices for capital planning when it develops funding requirements for facilities modernization, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. For example, DOD guidance establishes a system for determining funding requirements and reviewing and approving budget requests by taking into consideration the costs of proposed assets, the levels of risk involved in modernizing assets and their importance to DOD’s mission, GAO found. The guidance also requires the military services to prioritize projects. DOD guidance establishes an annual budget process for identifying and allocating resources for capital investments to achieve the department’s strategic objectives …

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