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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

OEA Grant to Fund Study of Georgia’s Aerospace, Defense Sectors

  • March 29, 2015
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The Georgia Department of Economic Development is launching a study of the state’s aerospace and defense industries and how they might cope with potential spending cuts. The study, funded by a $700,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, was announced earlier this month. “The results of the study will be critical in developing and expanding new market opportunities for Georgia businesses and our workforce,” Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr said in a release. “Our expectation is that this economic model tool will provide an accurate diagram of the supply chain for Georgia’s aerospace, defense and manufacturing sectors …

McCain Chides James for Claiming Savings from New Installation Support Agency

  • March 26, 2015
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Air Force moves that Secretary Deborah Lee James recently claimed met a Pentagon goal of reducing its headquarters staff by 20 percent did not produce any actual savings because the personnel were shifted elsewhere, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told James in a letter this week. “The conduct of the Air Force in response to this guidance seems to have produced no actual staff reductions and yielded no actual savings,” said McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee …

Federal, Local Investment Should Shield Ft. Bliss from Worst Cuts, Officials Say

  • March 26, 2015
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Fort Bliss faces a maximum loss of 16,000 personnel after the Army completes its second round of restructuring this decade by fiscal 2020 but at Wednesday’s listening session, El Paso officials expressed confidence the post would dodge dramatic cuts in personnel. The massive investment in the installation made by DOD and the El Paso community, along with its critical role in national security, leaves Fort Bliss well positioned as the Army decides how it will apportion personnel cuts as the service’s active-duty end strength drops from 490,000 to 420,000, said Rep. Beto O’Rourke. “Fort Bliss offers tremendous value to the U.S. Army …

Army Commission Takes Shape

  • March 26, 2015
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President Obama and leaders of the Armed Services committees last week named the eight members who will serve on a commission created by Congress to assess the size and force mixture of the Army after last year’s dispute over the service’s plan to swap aviation assets between the National Guard and the active component. The National Commission on the Future of the Army was mandated by the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. President Obama selected four individuals for the panel: Larry Ellis, president and CEO of VetConnexx, a retired general who commanded Army Forces Command from 2001 to 2004; Kathleen Hicks, director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former director for policy planning at the office of the undersecretary of defense for policy …

Military Value Leaves Ft. Hood in Good Company, Supporters Say

  • March 25, 2015
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Advocates for Fort Hood emphasized the quality of community resources in central Texas that support the installation and the resulting low cost of carrying out its missions during the post’s listening session on Tuesday. Community leaders who spoke at the public meeting highlighted the community’s most valuable assets — education opportunities, health care, transportation and access to Gulf of Mexico ports, affordable housing, sustainable water sources, and employment help and opportunities, reported the Killeen Daily Herald. “The best costs less,” said Bill Parry, executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance …

Air Force Explanation over Dismantling of Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Unsatisfactory, Tillis Says

  • March 25, 2015
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Questions regarding Air Force moves to deactivate Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing even before it issues a congressionally mandated report justifying the action remain unanswered even after a long-awaited meeting with Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said Wednesday. “The Air Force continues to state that removing airmen from the 440th does not constitute an attempt to shutter the air wing, despite the fact that C-130s cannot be flown without pilots and maintainers,” Tillis said following the meeting with James and Rep. Renee Ellmers. “Additionally, the secretary of the Air Force has not yet provided the metrics and policy rationale underlying the Air Force’s decision regarding Pope Airfield …

Supply Issues Delay First Tanker Flights

  • March 25, 2015
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Supply chain struggles for Boeing Co. have delayed the Air Force tanker replacement program. As part of its annual assessment of DOD weapon system acquisitions, the Government Accountability Office last week reported the boom for the first fully equipped KC-46A has been delayed by eight months because of design changes and late deliveries. That has led to a delay of at least three months to the first flight of a fully equipped tanker. Although the GAO report indicated that the first flight could come as early as April 2015, Bloomberg Business reported Boeing is now aiming to get the tanker in the air by June 30 …

FAA Approves Airspace Expansion over Northern Plains

  • March 24, 2015
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The FAA on Tuesday approved an Air Force plan to expand military training airspace over parts of four states in the northern Plains, a move that will support operations of B-1 bombers at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., and B-52 bombers at Minot AFB, N.D. The plan will more than triple the area of the Powder River Training Complex to 35,000 square miles located over portions of the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. “This has been a very long process, but I’m proud we’re finally completing this important expansion to provide our servicemen and women with the resources they need to be successful in a combat environment — all done while saving money,” said Sen. John Thune …

Ready and Resilient for the Challenges Ahead

  • March 23, 2015
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The stories of communities’ successes and the effect of their ongoing work are the heart of ADC and the focus of “Ready and Resilient: America’s Defense Communities” …

Community Event Recognizes Contribution of Dobbins ARB

  • March 19, 2015
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More than 1,000 residents of suburban Atlanta, along with local and military officials, showed up last week to celebrate Dobbins Air Reserve Base and its impact on Cobb County, and to thank its personnel for their service. The “Business after Hours” event also provided residents an opportunity to meet officials at the 1,640-acre installation, located 20 miles northwest of Atlanta. The Cobb Chamber of Commerce worked with Dobbins, Clay National Guard Center in Marietta and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to hold the event, reported the Marietta Daily Journal. The installation employs between 500 and 600 people, but at times hosts a population approaching 3,000 workers. Lockheed shares a runway with the base …

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