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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

States Extends Effort to Purchase Homes next to Robins AFB

  • May 21, 2014
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A local effort to purchase homes outside of Robins Air Force Base is receiving a helping hand from the state to limit encroachment outside of the Middle Georgia base. To date the local effort, which includes contributions from three counties and is being led by the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority, has closed on 179 properties, with the number expected to rise to 200 by the end of the year. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which only received approval to buy properties in April, has received requests from 100 property owners. Total funding for the initiative, including contributions from Georgia and DOD is $29.8 million, reported macon.com. The local effort is focusing on properties closest to the airfield, with the state addressing other areas subject to aircraft noise.

Senate Panel Passes on Pentagon Proposal to Reduce Commissary Subsidies

  • May 21, 2014
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The Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee on Wednesday rejected some, but not all, of DOD’s proposed reforms to military benefits, as it marked up its portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The panel ignored the administration’s plan to slash subsidies for military grocery stores by $200 million in FY 2015, but included the proposal to limit housing allowances below the rate of inflation …

Smith Denied Opportunity to Offer BRAC Amendment

  • May 21, 2014
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The House Rules Committee on Tuesday failed to accept an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill from Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) that would have approved a new BRAC round as well as reformed the base closure process. Smith, the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, brought up the provision for discussion when the full committee marked up the annual policy measure earlier this month, but withdrew the amendment before receiving a vote with the intention of offering it during floor debate for the bill …

OEA Offering Support for Communities Dealing with Reductions in Defense Spending

  • May 20, 2014
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Communities responding to the cancellation of a defense contract or a major reduction in DOD spending that results in a significant economic impact can apply to the Office of Economic Adjustment for planning assistance, according to a May 20 Federal Register notice. To be eligible, state or local governments, or regional entities need to have experienced one of the following circumstances: a publicly announced planned major reduction in DOD spending; the closure or significantly reduced operation of a defense facility resulting from the merger, acquisition or consolidation of the operating contractor …

Subcommittee’s Recommendation Exceeds Request by $110M for BRAC Cleanup

  • May 20, 2014
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Funding to clean up installations closed in past BRAC rounds would receive $380 million under the draft fiscal 2015 spending bill approved Tuesday by the Senate Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. The recommendation exceeds DOD’s budget request by $110 million but still would represent a $71 million decline from current year funding. The spending bill approved last month by the House matched the administration’s request for $270 million for legacy BRAC sites …

Senate Panel Rebuffs Pentagon’s BRAC Request

  • May 20, 2014
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee on Tuesday rejected the Obama administration’s request to hold a round of base closures in 2017 as it marked up its portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. “The bill does not authorize a new BRAC round. Now is not the time to spend billions of upfront dollars on another BRAC round, especially as costs for the last one have dramatically exceeded expectations, and we’re still paying for the 2005 BRAC round,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), the panel’s ranking member …

N.C. Lawmaker Introduces Amendment to Protect Reserve Airlift Wing

  • May 19, 2014
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North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) on Monday introduced an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill to prevent the Air Force from deactivating the 440th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field. The proposal was included in the service’s FY 2015 budget request, which calls for retiring the 440th’s 12 C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft. “These cuts would be detrimental for the Fayetteville community — eradicating jobs and damaging the livelihood of many hard working men and women who serve Fort Bragg and Pope Airfield …

Massachusetts Governor Leads Effort to Support Mission Needs of State’s Installations

  • May 19, 2014
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With the formation of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has spearheaded one of the nation’s most comprehensive efforts to support a state’s military installations and their host communities, advancing initiatives in workforce training, transportation, environment and energy, and housing. Through a robust partnership with the military, the state’s congressional delegation and all levels of state government, the task force has worked to strengthen the commonwealth’s six bases by enhancing their missions and facilities, and exploring opportunities to bring in new missions …

Clean Energy Trumps Pax River Support as Governor Vetoes Bill Blocking Wind Farms

  • May 18, 2014
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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Friday vetoed a bill that would have blocked a proposed wind farm on the state’s Eastern Shore, ignoring the concerns of southern Maryland officials who believe the project could interfere with a radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The measure would have delayed the construction of large turbines within 56 miles of Pax River — an area that would cover the distance from the air station on the Chesapeake Bay’s western shore to the Great Bay project site across the bay. The decision by O’Malley, a strong proponent of clean energy development contemplating a run for the White House, was praised by environmentalists …

Colorado Adds Military Promotion to Economic Development Mission

  • May 15, 2014
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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed two bills Wednesday intended to better position the state’s military installations in a future base closure round. House Bill 1351 adds the mission of supporting and promoting the military, primarily through lobbying the federal government, to the role of the Colorado Office of Economic Development. About $120,000 was included in the state budget for a new staff position which could be used to carry out the new function …

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