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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Local, State Initiatives Advance to Shield Letterkenny Army Depot from Cuts

  • November 24, 2014
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Officials in south central Pennsylvania are moving ahead with multiple initiatives to strengthen Letterkenny Army Depot and the region in the event of a future BRAC. At this point, though, L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., is confident Letterkenny’s immediate future is secure. “Right now Letterkenny is very stable with everything going on in the world,” Ross, who also serves as chairman of Team Letterkenny, told the Franklin County Council of Governments last week …

Army Realignment Should Be Conducted under BRAC, Community Leaders Say

  • November 23, 2014
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The decision-making process the Army is using to shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 by fiscal 2020 lacks transparency, say leaders in two Army communities that stand to lose thousands of troops as officials decide what installations will lose up to 70,000 soldiers. Instead, the Army’s force structure realignments should be made through a formal BRAC round, they say. “No one is comfortable with the process of this whole drawdown and the way it’s being managed. The citizens at large, Congress, the Army — nobody’s happy with this process. … The meat-cleaver approach that is being taken to defense spending is unconscionable,” said John Crutchfield, president and CEO of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce …

Aviation Restructuring Prompts Loss of Ft. Campbell Brigade

  • November 23, 2014
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Fort Campbell, Ky., will lose a 2,400-soldier combat aviation brigade by next October as part of an Army aviation restructuring initiative, officials announced last week. The decision to eliminate the post’s 159th Combat Aviation Brigade also will mean the departure of 3,800 family members and result in cascading economic impacts in the surrounding community. “The loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell will have a wide-ranging effect both on and off the installation on many levels …

Air Force to Identify Candidate Reserve Bases to Host New Tankers

  • November 23, 2014
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The Air Force has released the basing criteria it will use to select candidates for the first Reserve-led KC-46A main operating base. Officials plan to announce candidate installations in the spring of 2015, select the preferred and reasonable alternatives and begin the environmental impact analysis process in the fall of 2015, and announce a final decision in calendar year 2016, according to a press release. The Air Force will evaluate all Reserve-led global mobility wings with a runway of at least 7,000 feet against the criteria …

Four Bases to Vie for Air Force’s New Installation Support Center

  • November 20, 2014
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The Air Force this week announced four installations — Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, Scott AFB, Ill., and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio — as candidate locations to host the headquarters for the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. The Air Force plans to announce preferred and reasonable alternatives and continue the environmental impact analysis process through early 2015. Officials from Air Force Materiel Command will begin to conduct site surveys of each candidate base to assess a range of operational and facility requirements …

Expansion of Training Area to Bolster Ellsworth AFB

  • November 20, 2014
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A massive expansion of a training area used by B-52 and B-1 bombers at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., is close to obtaining federal approval following a six-year review process, Sen. John Thune said this week. Expansion of the Powder River Training Complex will improve the Air Force’s training capability. Consolidation of far-flung training flights also could save the service an estimated $20 million annually in fuel costs, reported the Billings Gazette. The expansion will quadruple the size of the existing airspace to an area of about 20 million acres northwest of Rapid City and spanning parts of South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota …

Emerging Threats Upend Assumptions behind Sequestration, Odierno Says

  • November 19, 2014
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Reductions in the size of the Army forced by the Budget Control Act spending caps need to be reconsidered given the emergence of multiple global threats over the past year, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Wednesday. Many of the assumptions made when officials decided to shrink the size of the active-duty Army — initially to 490,000 and now to about 440,000 — have not played out as planned. “We made assumptions that we wouldn’t be using Army forces in Europe the way we used to. We made assumptions that we wouldn’t go back into Iraq. We are back in Iraq. Here we are worried about Russia again …

California Lawmakers Rattled by Hagel’s BRAC Remarks

  • November 18, 2014
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Southern California lawmakers remain skeptical that Congress will authorize a new BRAC round in the near future; nevertheless, they were caught off guard when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday that additional base closures are needed to free up spending for more pressing requirements. “Just the fact that he was at Fort Irwin when he did it, obviously raised my blood pressure quite a bit,” said Rep. Paul Cook (R). “Maybe he doesn’t realize how sensitive [the issue] is …

IMCOM Campaign Plan Looks at Support Services, Infrastructure

  • November 18, 2014
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Army Installation Management Command’s newly released “IMCOM 2025 and Beyond” provides a roadmap for the agency’s future as it transforms the way it supports the readiness of a smaller, regionally aligned and globally responsive force. The plan provides strategic guidance to IMCOM regarding three functions: a professional installation management workforce, effective base operations support services and infrastructure sustainment and revitalization. “As IMCOM moves into the future it must enable the Army’s Force in 2025 and Beyond by providing the right base support at the right cost …

Army Officials Meet with Coastal Georgia Leaders about Plans for Drawdown

  • November 17, 2014
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Local and business leaders from Hinesville, Ga., and the surrounding region on Monday told Army officials from Washington about the critical role Fort Stewart plays in the local community as well as the long-standing support provided by the post’s neighbors. On Monday night, the Army was scheduled to hold its first listening session to gather public input before deciding how to realign active-duty forces as the service shrinks by up to 70,000 soldiers to an end strength of 420,000. The Army plans to hold public listening sessions at a total of 30 installations that potentially could lose thousands of military and civilian personnel …

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