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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Governor Plugs Importance of North Carolina’s Installations

  • September 16, 2014
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At a meeting of the state’s Military Affairs Commission Tuesday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) highlighted the strategic value of the state’s military installations, while pointing out the need to continue supporting the bases on the local level. McCrory said he had been told by the commander of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point that community support for the base was strong, a statement he had heard throughout the installations he has visited. “I hear that at every one of our bases and I think that is so important for all of us …

Air Force Announces Criteria for Selecting Installation Support Center Headquarters

  • September 15, 2014
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The Air Force on Monday released the criteria it will use to select candidate locations for the headquarters for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the newly created organization that will consolidate installation management functions currently being performed at every major command. Officials will evaluate 10 installations as potential candidates against the approved criteria and plan to identify candidates for the headquarters in the fall of 2014, according to a press release. The 10 installations include Barksdale AFB, La.; Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Joint Base Andrews, Md.; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Peterson AFB, Colo.; Scott AFB, Ill.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio …

Installations to Increasingly Rely on Communities for Services, Top Officials Say

  • September 15, 2014
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Communities will play an increasingly important role in providing on-base support as the military services attempt to cope with declining budgets for installation support in the next decade, a panel of DOD’s top installations officials said Monday at the ADC 2014 Defense Policy Forum. The Pentagon’s new authority for installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with state and local governments to share base support services — enacted in January 2013 as part of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill — will provide a tremendous boon to the military, Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of the House Armed Services Committee, told the event’s 120 participants. “We are on the precipice of a significant change in terms of installation support …

DOT TIGER Grant to Improve Access to Ft. Carson

  • September 14, 2014
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A $1.2 million federal grant will help upgrade a recently opened gravel road to Fort Carson needed to accommodate extra traffic generated by a new helicopter brigade. The funds, awarded through the Department of Transportation’s transportation investment generating economic recovery (TIGER) grant program, will pay for pre-construction activities required to pave and straighten the route to the post’s Gate 19, located near Fountain, Colo. …

Stakes are High for Hospitality Industry over Next Round of Army Cuts

  • September 14, 2014
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Fifty weeks out of the year thousands of family members travel to Fort Jackson to celebrate the graduation of a close relative from basic training, accounting for $45 million a year in direct spending in the Midlands region of South Carolina. For the dozens of hotels and restaurants near the post in Columbia, the Army’s next round of personnel cuts — slated to shrink its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops — offer the prospect of a significant reduction in economic activity as Fort Jackson faces losing almost half of its personnel …

Federal City Project Names New Master Developer

  • September 14, 2014
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The Federal City project on Friday selected a new team to spearhead redevelopment at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans, a step local officials believe will jump start reuse efforts at the project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Vista Louisiana LLC — composed of Manning Architects in New Orleans, Vista Trust, real estate manager Larry Starkman of Illinois and DeVere Construction in Michigan — would be responsible only for the 114 acres outside the 29-acre Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans …

Air Base Can Learn from Losing Competition for KC-46, Support Group Official Says

  • September 11, 2014
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Although the Air Force did not select Robins Air Force Base as one of the first installations to host the new KC-46A tanker, Middle Georgia can learn from that decision, according to the new head of the base’s local support group. “Because there will be other decisions to be made, what can we do to make sure, we first of all understand the process, and second, how do we cultivate the right atmosphere or fix what might need to be fixed, to ensure we have the right numbers,” said Charles Stenner, CEO of the 21st Century Partnership …

Military Remains Economic Engine for San Antonio despite Cutbacks

  • September 11, 2014
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Despite a shrinking military — and the loss of two Air Force bases since 2001 — DOD’s presence in San Antonio has continued to grow through new military health care, training and cybersecurity missions. Earlier this summer, a Joint Base San Antonio briefing said the three installations that make it up — Lackland and Randolph Air Force bases, and Fort Sam Houston — had an $8.1 billion payroll and are responsible for 292,456 direct and indirect jobs, reported the San Antonio Express-News. A 2011 study by the city found that almost 190,000 people were employed as a result of the joint base, generating a $27.7 billion annual economic impact. Following BRAC 2005, DOD spent $3.3 billion on construction at Joint Base San Antonio. The region’s veteran population also has a significant footprint. The 55,000 military retirees in Bexar County, which includes the city of San Antonio, produce a $2.2 billion annual economic impact, according to the story.

Ft. Drum Supporters Optimistic amid Army Downsizing

  • September 10, 2014
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The prospect of devastating cuts in personnel at Fort Drum, N.Y., is troubling as the Army considers shrinking its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops, but community leaders are confident the strengths of the post and the 10th Mountain Division, along with the support of the North Country region, will allow it to sidestep the deepest reductions. Fort Drum has multiple assets that will remain valuable to the Army even following significant cuts, said Carl McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization …

$10M TIGER Grant to Reduce Congestion outside Ft. Meade

  • September 9, 2014
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The Maryland Department of Transportation will receive $10 million in federal funding to reduce congestion on one of the primary roads providing access to Fort Meade, the state’s two senators announced Tuesday. The funds, awarded through the Department of Transportation’s transportation investment generating economic recovery (TIGER) grant program, would upgrade Route 175 from an undivided two-lane road to a divided six-lane road, with a trail, sidewalks and on-road bike facilities. The stretch of road serves a major entrance gate to the post, which has expanded since the last BRAC round to support a residential and employee population of about 56,000 …

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