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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Ft. Hood Should Be Shielded from Next Round of Army Cuts, Support Group Official Says

  • July 27, 2014
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Because it ranks as one of the Army’s top installations based on military value, Fort Hood is unlikely to suffer a worst-case scenario loss of 14,606 soldiers and 1,394 civilians when the service determines how to eliminate up to 70,000 additional troops by 2020, according to the head of the post’s community-based support group. “They will objectively analyze the effect a base has on its surrounding area, and the area’s deemed high military value will be unaffected by major changes,” Bill Parry, executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, said Thursday at a meeting of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp. In fact, the central Texas post could grow if the Pentagon were to conduct a new round of base closures, he said …

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 …

Ranchers Concerned about Possible Transfer of BLM Lands at White Sands to DOD

  • July 23, 2014
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Language in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill shifting control of hundreds of thousands of acres owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., to the Pentagon has ranchers concerned that the transfer could restrict their access for grazing and hunting. The provision is a reaction to the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project — a 515-mile, high-voltage transmission line traversing the northern extension of White Sands — which DOD officials had opposed until May when the developer agreed to bury five miles of the line to eliminate conflicts with training and weapons testing …

House Readiness Chair Reiterates Stance on New BRAC Round

  • July 23, 2014
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At a summit on maintaining military readiness under spending constraints, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, reiterated his position that Congress shouldn’t consider approving a new round of base closures until the Pentagon clarifies the future direction of force structure and its objectives for the next BRAC. “And if we’re going to get this right, we need to finish some things, we need to understand where’s end strength going to end up, how are we going to properly resource in the face of sequester, in the face of transitioning out of [the overseas contingency operations account] …

Expansion of Northern Flight Training Area Provokes Local Opposition

  • July 22, 2014
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An Air Force plan to expand a military flight training area for bombers over parts of Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas is drawing opposition from local officials concerned about the impact of increased flight activity. The Air Force says it needs to expand the Powder River Training Complex to 28,000 square miles for use by B-1 bombers based at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., and B-52 bombers at Minot AFB, N.D., reported the Billings Gazette. The move would cut training costs by limiting the need for the aircraft to fly to Utah and Nevada. The expansion is critical to preserving the B-1 mission at Ellsworth, according to South Dakota Sen. John Thune …

State Leads Effort to Highlight Assets at Ft. Leavenworth

  • July 22, 2014
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The Kansas Governor’s Military Council is working closely with elected officials and community leaders in northeastern Kansas to make the case for protecting Fort Leavenworth in the face of the Army’s latest effort to eliminate up to 70,000 additional troops by 2020. The supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released by the Army last month evaluated a maximum reduction at Leavenworth of 1,789 soldiers and 735 civilians. “The significance is huge,” said John Armbrust, the council’s executive director …

DOD Awards STEM Grant to School District Supporting Missouri Post

  • July 21, 2014
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Waynesville R-VI School District recently received a $300,000 grant from the DOD Educational Activity (DODEA) to help it implement a program encouraging students at the school system neighboring Fort Leonard Wood to take college-level math and science courses. The grant will help support an additional five advanced placement (AP) courses in the school district located in central Missouri. DODEA partnered with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) college readiness program …

New Jersey Adopts Comprehensive Approach to BRAC

  • July 21, 2014
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The state of New Jersey has launched a wide-ranging effort to stave off closures of its major installations in a future BRAC round, with state and elected officials joining with other stakeholders to preserve Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the Picatinny Arsenal. Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie approved $200,000 in the state budget for the Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, headed by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. “We have to be amazingly proactive in . . . growing the missions at our bases …

Central Kentucky Officials Seek Community Support to Fend off Cuts at Ft. Knox

  • July 21, 2014
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Local and state officials in Kentucky’s Heartland are urging residents in communities neighboring Fort Knox to write the Army in support of the post as the service considers where to eliminate personnel as it further shrinks its active-duty end strength. “We need the public’s help in making our case,” said Brad Richardson, president and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the group One Knox. The supplemental programmatic environmental assessment released by the Army last month evaluated a maximum reduction at Fort Knox of 5,954 soldiers and 1,651 civilians …

State-Funded Boiler Trims Energy Use at Groton Sub Base

  • July 20, 2014
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Connecticut officials visited Naval Submarine Base New London on Thursday to mark the Navy’s first use of a $3 million natural gas and ultra-low sulfur diesel boiler the state paid for several years ago. The steam and hot water boiler and a second one the Navy recently purchased are 40 percent more efficient than the boilers they replaced, reported the Day. “It’s great; we advanced the base from 1960s technology to current technology, so that is just a tremendous leap forward in efficiency,” said Bob Ross, executive director of the state’s Office of Military Affairs …

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