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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

State Commission Would Address Drop in Defense Spending, under Maryland Bill

  • February 26, 2014
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Maryland would establish a commission to consider ways to adapt to a reduction in spending by the Pentagon, under legislation introduced in both chambers of the General Assembly. The commission would conduct at least three public hearings and report recommendations to the governor and the legislature by June 1, 2015, reported the Gazette. Multiple organizations supported the bill — filed by state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. (D) and co-sponsored by 15 other senators — during a hearing held by the Senate Finance Committee last week. “As the wars abroad wind down and defense downsizing begins in earnest, we want to ensure that Maryland workers and communities are protected,” Jean Athey — steering committee chair for a coalition of political, religious, labor and other groups called Fund Our Communities — told lawmakers. “To do that, the state of Maryland needs to begin planning now,” Athey said.

Governors Fight Proposed Cuts to Army National Guard

  • February 25, 2014
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Despite recommending a smaller proportional cut on personnel in the Amy National Guard than on the active Army in its five-year budget, the Obama administration is taking flak from the nation’s governors for targeting soldiers and aircraft in the Guard. There’s “unanimity” against cuts among state executives gathered in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association’s winter meeting, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) told reporters Monday …

Partnership Ideas for Wright-Patterson Cover Wide Array of Services

  • February 25, 2014
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At a workshop last week, local leaders discussed a variety of services that could be shared between Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its neighbors in and around Dayton, Ohio, including maintenance of streets and equipment, recreation and provision of water and sewer. At the outset of the workshop, Col. Cassie Barlow, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, highlighted one critical need for the base — child development centers. “We consistently have a waiting list of more than 100 kids. This is a huge need for us …

Hagel Vows to Trim Defense Infrastructure

  • February 25, 2014
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As expected, the Obama administration will ask Congress to authorize a new round of base closures in 2017 as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request, marking the third year in a row DOD will ask permission to pare down its excess infrastructure. “We cannot fully achieve our goals for overhead reductions without cutting unnecessary and costly infrastructure,” Hagel told reporters on Monday. Mindful of DOD’s recent track record with such requests, Hagel pointed out that the department “has already been reducing infrastructure where we can …

FY ’15 Budget Reveals Scope of Cuts Needed to Address Spending Caps

  • February 25, 2014
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The Army’s active-duty end strength would be reduced to between 440,000 and 450,000 under the five-year budget proposal unveiled Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The long-term budget included with the fiscal 2015 budget request, the department’s first to fully reflect the transition DOD is making after 13 years of war, adheres to the spending caps in place next year but exceeds the Budget Control Act caps for the following four years by $115 billion. As a result, the Army would be forced to draw down to an end strength of 420,000 if sequester cuts are not reversed in FY 2016 …

Wright-Patterson Invites Community to Consider New Ways to Partner

  • February 23, 2014
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hosted leaders from public agencies, organizations and businesses last week to generate ideas for taking advantage of DOD’s new authority to share base support services. The Feb. 20 workshop was one of the early steps in a six-to-eight-month process the Air Force is carrying out to find ways the Dayton, Ohio, installation can collaborate with local municipalities to leverage each other’s resources in an effort to save money …

‘Shadow BRAC’ is the Immediate Threat to Bases, Washington Insider Says

  • February 23, 2014
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While the next BRAC round could come as early as 2017, the immediate threat to defense communities are smaller cuts and realignments that don’t require a formal base closure round to go forward, the president of a Washington public affairs firm said last week during a meeting of the local support group for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. “The more scary thing to me is what I have been calling the shadow BRAC,” Barry Rhoads, president of Cassidy and Associates, told Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow. “We’re undergoing shadow BRACs as we speak. That’s actually no notification of Congress …

HASC Ranking Member Stands up for BRAC

  • February 23, 2014
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The Pentagon could be forced to realign unneeded installations outside of the normal BRAC process if Congress continues to bar it from conducting a new round of base closures, according to written comments the office of Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) submitted to Breaking Defense last week. “Mr. Smith thinks that given the changing size and shape of our military force, the Department of Defense needs to be able to adjust its infrastructure to accommodate and reflect the shape of the force,” according to Smith’s office. “It is his hope that Congress acts and these changes are made through the normal BRAC process …

State Grant to Protect Central Florida Bombing Range from Encroachment

  • February 21, 2014
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Polk County will use a $200,000 state grant to buffer Avon Park Air Force Range in central Florida from future development. The county will use the grant, awarded through Enterprise Florida, to provide a local match for $800,000 it received from DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program, reported the Ledger. The funds will be used to acquire a portion of two tracts totaling 4,480 acres located a mile north of the bombing range, or to purchase a conservation easement …

Ceremony Highlights Cooperation between Local Officials, Coast Guard to Build Museum

  • February 20, 2014
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City and state officials signed a memorandum of agreement Wednesday with the commandant of the Coast Guard outlining the responsibilities of each party in building an $80 million National Coast Guard Museum in downtown New London, Conn., marking a key step in moving the project forward. Under the agreement, New London will donate land along the Thames River to the Coast Guard for the museum, as well as spend $20 million for a pedestrian bridge leading to the museum and provide land for a new ferry terminal …

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