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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

No Draft Required: States Increasingly Volunteer to Support Military Installations, ADC Report Reveals

  • December 19, 2014
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State support for military installations has grown steadily over the past two decades, marked by a sharp increase in the number of states forming organizations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their bases, along with an expansion in the amount and kinds of support invested, according to a new report from the Association of Defense Communities. Only a few states had military affairs organizations prior to 1990, but now 34 states have such organizations. Much of the growth has occurred since the 2005 round of base closures, with the looming threat to military installations resulting from stringent spending caps on the Pentagon’s budget and significant excess capacity in DOD’s infrastructure accounting for the heightened awareness on the state level of the importance of defense facilities …

Agencies Would Need to Consider Climate Impacts of Projects, under White House Plan

  • December 18, 2014
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Federal agencies would need to evaluate a project’s impact on climate change as part of environmental assessments conducted for construction plans and other significant actions, under a draft plan released Thursday by the White House. Agencies would follow the new rules when they review projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires studies of the impacts of planned construction, energy development, major force structure changes and basing decisions requiring federal approval …

To Avoid BRAC Fate, Purchase Leased Buildings, Orlando Officials Say

  • December 18, 2014
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To ensure Orlando does not lose its defense simulation cluster, state funds should be used to purchase the buildings where those organizations are now leasing space, industry officials told a regional economic development group this week. Thomas Baptiste, CEO of the National Center for Simulation, told the Central Florida Partnership that he fears DOD could end its leases in Orlando and move to other federal or military sites that have spare capacity. “The risk is that the Team Orlando workforce has outgrown the infrastructure …

Officials Look to Limit Incompatible Land Uses outside Montana National Guard Facility

  • December 18, 2014
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An effort to protect an Army National Guard training facility in Helena, Mont., from encroachment has identified a variety of issues in which potential conflicts with the surrounding community could be reduced. The recommended solutions are part of the draft report from a $160,000, two-year joint land use study (JLUS) for Fort Harrison. Issues the community should address include roadway conditions and capacity, air quality, and light and glare, reported the Independent Record. Another issue considered in the report is the use of land use regulations to limit the height of buildings and structures, a critical concern for helicopter operations at the installation …

State Commits $5.9M to Energy Upgrades at Massachusetts Installations

  • December 18, 2014
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Massachusetts will allocate $5.9 million to six installations to increase energy efficiency and shave operating costs in conjunction with the release of a strategic plan for reducing energy consumption, expanding the use of renewables and improving energy security at the bases, Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday. Project recommendations in the state’s “Clean Energy Assessment & Strategic Plan” include a new power plant at Hanscom Air Force Base, a new solar field outside Westover Air Reserve Base, energy conservation and efficiency measures at Joint Base Cape Cod, and building management system control upgrades and electric charging stations at all installations …

Dayton Groups Seek Federal Funds to Diversify Economy

  • December 18, 2014
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With Wright-Patterson Air Force Base bracing for the possibility of downsizing as the Pentagon struggles to meet stringent spending caps, local officials in the Miami Valley region of Ohio plan to apply to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for a diversification planning grant ranging from $4 million to $6 million. The Dayton Development Coalition, Montgomery County and Wright State University want to use the grant to help diversify the region’s economy ahead of looming federal budget cuts and a prospective BRAC round. Wright-Patt supports 27,500 workers directly and thousands of contractor positions, reported the Dayton Business Journal. The development coalition has been trying to protect jobs at the installation. Tenant organizations at Wright-Patt support many local research companies and organizations, including the University of Dayton Research Institute.

Ft. Leonard Wood Switches to UV Water Purification

  • December 18, 2014
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By early next year, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., will become the first DOD installation within the continental United States to use an ultraviolet light treatment system to purify drinking water. The system is expected to be fully operational early next year, reported the Guidon newspaper. The installation’s directorate of public works (DPW) and Army Corps of Engineers installed the UV light disinfection system, constructed a separate facility for the chemical-feed system, and replaced failing pumps with high-circulations pumps. The $11.2 million total investment will ensure personnel at Fort Leonard Wood have clean and safe water that meets new Environmental Protection Agency standards. Most U.S. water systems are required to meet new EPA standards that require better control of germs that are resistant to common disinfection methods, such as chlorine. “Rather than add more chemicals to our drinking water, Fort Leonard Wood chose a non-chemical method,” Bobby Rakes Jr., DPW director, told the paper.

Authorization Bill Loosens Restrictions on Guam Buildup Spending

  • December 16, 2014
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A freeze on spending construction funds from the Pentagon and the government of Japan on projects in Guam needed to accommodate an influx of Marines would be lifted under the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. In recent years, leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee had barred the United States from spending money needed to prepare Guam for the realignment of about 5,000 Marines from Okinawa due to concerns over the lack of a DOD implementation plan for the buildup. Japan so far has contributed $1 billion out of the $3 billion it pledged to support the move …

Air Force Not Planning Involuntary Force Reductions in FY’15, James Says

  • December 16, 2014
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The Air Force will not go ahead with involuntary force reductions planned for fiscal 2015, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Tuesday during an online forum. “[Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and I] are in agreement that enough is enough,” James said as she neared her first anniversary at her post. “We have reduced far enough. We will not go lower, and we will fight to hold on to the numbers now that we have.” In 2014, the Air Force selected more than 13,000 airmen for voluntary separation and more than 6,000 to leave involuntarily …

DOD Needs to Assess Threat from Foreign Governments to Training Ranges, GAO Finds

  • December 16, 2014
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For many years, the Defense Department has been concerned about the challenges posed by urban development, endangered species habitat and other external influences that could interfere with the use of its installations and training ranges. More recently, defense officials have reported concerns with security encroachment by foreign entities that acquire assets near test and training ranges that provide an opportunity for surveillance of DOD activities. To date, however, DOD has not conducted a risk assessment to determine the degree to which “foreign encroachment” poses a threat its ranges, nor issued guidance directing the services to conduct such assessments, concludes the Government Accountability Office in a new report …

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