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Amendment Would Require OEA Report on Support for Army Communities

  • June 16, 2015
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The Office of Economic Adjustment would be required to submit a report to Congress on funding that could be made available to communities affected by the Army’s latest restructuring, under an amendment added to the fiscal 2016 defense spending bill last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Army shortly is expected to announce how it will realign its forces to shrink its end strength by up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. Officials announced a similar restructuring in June 2013. At the time, the Army said it would deactivate 10 brigade combat teams to eliminate 80,000 personnel and cut its end strength to 490,000. This latest reduction could trim active-duty forces to 420,000 …

South Georgia Support Group Fights to Retain Moody AFB

  • June 16, 2015
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The South Georgia Military Affairs Council met last week to continue its ongoing effort to support Moody Air Force Base and protect it from a future BRAC round. “The SGMAC does a lot of detail things, such as working with local governments to protect Moody AFB from encroachment, to interface with local school systems to enhance a friendly military-dependent environment and many other details,” said the group’s Nick Lacey. The council, which was formed three years ago, includes representatives from the chambers of commerce of four counties — Lowndes, Berrien, Cook and Lanier, reported the Valdosta Daily Times. The group made its annual visit to Washington D.C., from April 29-May 1 to reinforce the community’s support for Moody …

Biloxi Looks to Raise Millions for New Gate at Keesler AFB

  • June 14, 2015
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The mayor of Biloxi, Miss., has launched an initiative to finance a new gate at Keesler Air Force Base, an attempt to boost community development as well as shield the installation from a future BRAC round. A new entrance on Division Street would improve access to Keesler, and provide a more secure and attractive gateway, Mayor FoFo Gilich told WLOX. A recent meeting of the committee Gilich formed to advance the initiative was attended by 22 individuals, including state lawmakers and officials. “So we’ve covered all the grounds that we think identify what are the obstacles and each person was truly excited about this thing coming back alive …

Fayetteville Leaders Tout Strong Community Bonds at Army Commission Hearing

  • June 12, 2015
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The National Commission on the Future of the Army’s public hearing in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, was not intended to scrutinize Fort Bragg’s missions or its military value, but local officials who testified focused on the high degree of support the surrounding communities provide the post.
“We here in Fayetteville get the Army,” Fayetteville City Manager Ted Vorhees told the commissioners. The commission’s task is to assess “the right mix between the active army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve to meet the nation’s requirements,” said retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, chairman of the eight-member panel …

Army Commission Not Focused on Belt-Tightening, Chairman Says

  • June 11, 2015
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The priority of a commission created by Congress to assess the size and force mixture of the Army is not to identify options to run the Army more efficiently, the chairman of the eight-member body said this week. “Are there budget challenges? Yes,” retired Army Gen. Carter Ham told the Fayetteville Observer. “But that’s not why we’re here. We’re not a budget commission,” he said. “People think this is a BRAC initiative,” Ham said as the National Commission on the Future of the Army prepared to hold a public meeting in Fayetteville on Wednesday. “That’s not at all what we are. We’re not here to question the essential missions of Fort Bragg, North Carolina …

Two Army Communities Suffer Population Loss, Report Shows

  • June 11, 2015
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Two cities with large Army posts have landed on a U.S. Census Bureau list of shrinking cities, with Columbus, Ga., home of Fort Benning, reaching the top of the ranking. The population of Columbus dropped 1.5 percent from July 2013 to July 2014, reported Yahoo.com, which linked the decline to a lower-than-expected surge at Benning from the last round of base closures. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson disputed the report, however, calling it “completely irresponsible …

Connecticut Sub Base to Host New Command

  • June 11, 2015
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A new command to train Navy forces in advanced tactics, techniques and procedures for anti-submarine warfare will be formed over the summer at Naval Submarine Base New London, the Navy announced this week. The Undersea Warfighting Development Center will be led by a one-star admiral and bring 52 jobs to the base in Groton, Conn., including 33 military personnel and 19 civilians. The announcement represents the “natural progression” of the significant federal investments made at the base over the past eight years, Rep. Joe Courtney (D) told the Day. The new command, which will have detachments in San Diego and Norfolk, Va., should help protect the submarine base in a future round of base closures. “BRAC is a wild card process,” Courtney said. “You never want to take anything for granted, but in terms of making the case for Groton’s long-term value, it doesn’t get much better than this.”

New Leader Takes Helm of Air Force Materiel Command

  • June 11, 2015
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Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski assumed the top position of the major command responsible for installation support and the technology, acquisition, test and sustainment of the Air Force’s current and future weapon systems during a ceremony this week at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Pawlikowski took the reins of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) from Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, marking the first time a female four-star general is replaced by another female four-star general at a major command. “The fact that we’re changing command from one woman to another is interesting, and it’s historic,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, who presided over the ceremony. “But it’s not as cool to me as the fact that we’re changing from one phenomenal leader to another …

Texas Communities to Pursue Higher Level of Funding to Support Installations

  • June 10, 2015
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After securing $30 million in defense economic adjustment assistance in Texas’ budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium to help support local installations, defense communities in the state are going to continue their campaign for $150 million to fend off a looming BRAC round. The lobbyist for Texas Mayors of Military Communities intends to meet with lawmakers from districts without bases to explain the significance of the state’s military presence, reports the El Paso Times. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had initially proposed allocating $30 million to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission in the new budget, but lawmakers almost ignored the request …

Academic Standards Can Help Support the Military, Report Says

  • June 9, 2015
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Academic standards adopted by Florida for its public schools, along with associated assessment tests, could help the state retains its military installations in a future BRAC round, according to the latest report from a nonprofit promoting smart investments in America’s children. The study from Mission: Readiness, a nonpartisan organization of over 500 retired senior military leaders, points to the Army’s recent effort to evaluate the achievement at public schools in communities neighboring its installations. “Rigorous standards and assessments can help schools serve military families and improve at a faster pace. This is especially important in light of recent studies showing that public schools near some military installations are lower on some measures of performance, including high school graduation rates, than other schools in the state …

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