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Security Emerging as Critical Issue in Defining ‘Base of the Future’

  • August 14, 2014
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Next month’s Defense Policy Forum is expected to broach a number of pressing issues that will influence changes in how DoD manages its installations in the coming decades, including access, utilization of excess capacity and community-military partnering. One issue that will drive the look of the “Base of the Future” is security. DoD will need to find more flexible models for access so that installations housing intelligence and cyber missions aren’t required to have the same security posture as a facility focused on training new recruits, said Lucian Niemeyer, a former staff member for the Senate Armed Services Committee who will be speaking at the Sept. 15 event in downtown Washington …

El Paso Leaders Paint Dire Economic Picture under Potential Army Troop Cuts

  • August 14, 2014
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The potential loss of 16,000 soldiers and civilians at Fort Bliss as the Army contemplate a second round of personnel cuts would have a devastating impact on El Paso’s economy, a group of local leaders testified Wednesday during a hearing of the Texas House Committee on Defense and Veterans Affairs. The worst case scenario the Army is considering for Bliss could lead to a near 40 percent vacancy in apartment rentals, far worse than what occurred when the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment relocated to Fort Carson in the mid-1990s, testified Rick Soto, executive director of the El Paso Apartment Association. “The numbers are pretty staggering, and would create a domino effect,” said Soto, who estimated a loss of half a billion dollars to the local economy …

Focus on Environmental Stewardship Sustains Air Force Installations over the Long-Term

  • August 12, 2014
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Cleaning up contaminated sites and protecting the habitat of threatened and endangered species isn’t just good for the environment, it’s the only way to ensure installations can continue operating for decades to come, according to the Air Force’s installations chief. “The Air Force must have land, air, water and built infrastructure to train and operate today and into the future,” said Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics. “Work we’re doing now in stewardship and remediation, combined with other aspects of installation sustainability, prepare us for emerging ‘over the horizon’ operations that will lead America’s Air Force into the second half of the century …

Cleanup, Monitoring Efforts Continue to Protect Albuquerque from Kirtland Fuel Spill

  • August 12, 2014
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Remediation and monitoring efforts continue on separate tracks to ensure an underground fuel leak at Kirtland Air Force Base does not contaminate the drinking water supply of Albuquerque, N.M. Last week, U.S. Geological Survey scientists began drilling sentinel wells at three locations in in Albuquerque to provide early alerts for groundwater contamination. The wells will provide early warning as the jet fuel plume moves northeastward, and would provide the local water authority and Air Force officials lead time to implement plans to protect nearby drinking water supply wells …

Lt. Governor Talks BRAC with Reserve Airlift Wing Commanders

  • August 11, 2014
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Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and commanders of the Air Force Reserve’s 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base discussed the unit’s strengths and the threat posed by a looming BRAC round during a visit last week.
“The strategy is here’s your strength and weaknesses. Let’s get these tended to before BRAC is called by the Congress,” said Ivey, who chairs the state’s Military Stability Commission and has helped put together the state’s strategic plan to strengthen and secure its military installations, reported WSFA. “When that call comes, the strategy has to be to effectively communicate with our congressional team, the Department of Defense, with the same consistent message that Alabama is prepared and we can well handle some more additions to our military bases and their missions,” she said. Ivey added that officials can’t rest on their laurels. “We have to be fully prepared,” she said.

Asset Management Helps AFCEC Prioritize Funding Requirements

  • August 11, 2014
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The Air Force’s reliance on a strategic approach to asset management is helping the service plan construction and related requirements two years in advance and, as a result, providing contractors interested in bidding on work extra time to get ready. Officials believe use of its new model will translate into smoother contract execution and higher quality work at a lower cost, reports Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs. The center’s two-year integrated priorities list (IPL) is helping officials prioritize funding of sustainment, restoration, modernization, environmental and demolition projects across the Air Force. The first IPL released in June forecasts funding requirements for fiscal 2015 and 2016 …

Groundbreaking Marks Effort to Ready Altus AFB for KC-46A Training Mission

  • August 10, 2014
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Officials last week broke ground on the first of multiple construction projects at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., needed to prepare for the arrival of the service’s next generation refueling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus. The new construction is estimated at $56 million and will include a flight training center, a fuselage training facility, new aircraft hangars and renovations for a combined squadron operations and aircraft maintenance unit facility, reported 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs. In April the Air Force announced that Altus, located in southwestern Oklahoma, would be the formal training unit for the new tanker …

Robins AFB Poised for Long-Term Sustainment, Officials Say

  • August 7, 2014
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Supporters of Robins Air Force Base in Middle Georgia should prepare for another BRAC round, but as long as the facility remains productive, it likely would be spared during a new base closure exercise, according to former Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall (D). “Robins, if it’s properly prepared, will do quite well as you look at the different alternatives around the United States for saving money,” Marshall said Thursday, reported WMGT. Key to the base’s preparation is keeping up with the latest technology. “Robins is already the center of excellence for electronic warfare. No reason why it can’t be the center of excellence for a whole lot of other IT, technology-driven needs,” he said. Charles Stenner, president and CEO of 21st Century Partnership, echoed Marshall’s point. “Robins Air Force Base is postured and certainly capable of accepting all of those types of missions,” Stenner said.

Connecticut Commissioner Impressed by Sub Base’s Outreach to STEM Teachers

  • August 7, 2014
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A two-week fellowship program hosted by the Naval Submarine Base New London’s Submarine Force Library and Museum is providing an opportunity for six teachers from southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island to learn how the history and technology inherent in the Navy’s submarine force can bring alive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. This is the second year of the program, which helps the teachers use exhibits at the museum and the Historic Ship Nautilus, along with submarine operations at the base, to develop new lesson plans …

Air Force Selects Eielson AFB as Prospective Host of Two F-35A Squadrons

  • August 7, 2014
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The Air Force on Thursday selected Eielson Air Force Base as its preferred alternative to host the first F-35A Lightning II squadrons in the Pacific region, bolstering the Fairbanks-area installation’s long-term prospects. In applauding the announcement, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) highlighted the turnaround it represents from the Air Force’s February 2012 proposal to relocate Eielson’s F-16 squadron to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. “Today’s decision shows how far we’ve come since the F-16 fight and demonstrates that Pentagon leadership truly recognizes Eielson’s strategic importance …

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