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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Logistics Agency to ‘Right-Size’ Its Infrastructure

  • June 12, 2014
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By the end fiscal year 2019, the Defense Logistics Agency will have less people, inventory and infrastructure, Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek, the agency’s director, told reporters Thursday. The downsizing comes as the military continues to draw down from overseas operations, reports American Forces Press Service. As the agency curtails its inventory, it will require a smaller amount of infrastructure to manage it …

Commercial Development Next Phase for Federal City Project

  • June 12, 2014
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Progress on the second phase of redevelopment at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans is expected to get back on track following resolution of the years-long conflict over management of the Federal City project. In the first phase of development at the project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, a public-private partnership built the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North. A child care center and the first stage of a new YMCA also were completed. The second phase calls for new retail space, including a grocery, and expansion of the YMCA. “We’ve been on pause for three years. This is a re-birth,” Kathy Lynn, executive director of the Algiers Development District, told the Times-Picayune. “We plan to make this a place to live, work and play.”

Senate Panel Requests Details on Army Process for Making End Strength Reductions

  • June 10, 2014
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With the Army undergoing an effort to determine which installations will lose brigade combat teams (BCTs) as it plans to trim its active-duty end strength below 490,000, the Senate Armed Services Committee is directing the service to describe the decision-making processes and analytical methodologies it will employ. The Army has said it will need to eliminate an additional 40,000 troops to reach an end strength of 450,000 by fiscal 2017 to meet Budget Control Act spending caps …

Internal Opposition Holds up Air Force Plan to Centralize Installation Management

  • June 10, 2014
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A proposal to establish a single Air Force organization to provide installation support has been delayed for a second time as the service’s top generals have criticized multiple aspects of the plan. At a meeting Friday, the officers objected that several components of the plan were unclear, including how funding would be merged and where decision-making authority would reside, reported the Washington Times …

Panel Rejects Amendment to Preserve A-10 Fleet

  • June 10, 2014
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The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted down an amendment to reallocate Air Force funds to keep the A-10 close air support aircraft flying next year, making it the first congressional panel to support the Air Force’s plan to retire the fleet. The committee rejected the amendment from Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) by a 23-13 vote before approving the underlying fiscal 2015 defense spending measure by voice vote. Last month, versions of the FY 2015 defense authorization bill approved by the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee both called for funding to keep the A-10 “Warthog” in the air …

Eastern North Carolina Positioned to Weather Drawdown

  • June 9, 2014
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The pace of active-duty separations from North Carolina installations is projected to increase from 40,000 annually in the five years that ended in 2012 to more than 75,000 in the next five years, but officials on the state’s coast are confident the region’s economic health will continue to thrive. “I am certainly not saying we will not see an impact … but the community can endure this if done over a three- to four-year period,” said Richard Woodruff, city manager for Jacksonville …

Proposal to Open Exchanges Online to Most Veterans Would Preserve Program Benefits

  • June 9, 2014
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The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) has proposed providing online access to all honorably discharged veterans as a way to extend the exchanges’ discounts to millions of deserving veterans while shoring up the program’s revenue stream amid downsizing and budget cuts. The plan, submitted last month by AAFES CEO Thomas Shull to the Pentagon, would help the exchange system sustain profits needed to support morale, welfare and recreation activities at a time when fewer personnel and families are living on installations …

Congress Likely to Resist Attempts to Close Bases outside of BRAC, House Staffer Says

  • June 9, 2014
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Congress most likely would oppose an attempt by the Pentagon to use its authority to close an installation outside of a BRAC round, a staff member for the House Armed Services Committee said last week at the Defense Communities National Summit. If the department tried to use section 2687, there would be “pushback” from lawmakers, Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of HASC, told attendees. Congress has “blunt weapons” to employ and likely would lower the workforce thresholds in the statute …

Five Installations Recognized for Outstanding Support of DOD Missions

  • June 8, 2014
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The Pentagon on Friday announced the 2014 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence: U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.; Naval Station Norfolk, Va.; Altus Air Force Base, Okla.; and Defense Supply Center Richmond, Va. The award recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain the nation’s military installations, according to a press release. “Installation excellence enables better mission performance and enhances the quality of life for service members and their families. Each winning installation succeeded in providing excellent working, housing and recreational conditions,” it said.

Air Force Continues to Explore New Ways to Provide Installation Support

  • June 8, 2014
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The Air Force is considering alternatives ways to manage its installations as officials craft a plan that likely would move the service toward a more centralized approach. Speaking Friday at the Defense Communities National Summit, Brig. Gen. Timothy Green, the Air Force’s director of civil engineers and deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations and mission support, acknowledged that his predecessor, now a two-star general assigned as a special assistant to the commander of Air Force Materiel Command, is leading the initiative. “She’s been asked to look at the art of the possible,” Green said …

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