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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

NAS Whiting Field Secures Additional Land Buffer

  • February 18, 2014
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Naval Air Station Whiting Field recently secured a 490-acre buffer adjacent to the base, bringing the total protected area surrounding the installation located on the Florida Panhandle to about 3,500 acres. DOD and the state of Florida provided $1.2 million to secure the site. While the project achieves two important goals — protecting the installation from encroachment and supporting conservation — Santa Rosa County Commissioner Don Salter told WUWF that an additional buffer around the field will help protect it during a future BRAC round. Separately, Whiting Field has applied for a $5 million grant offered by the 2014 REPI Challenge, which is sponsored by DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program. If the installation wins, the funding would be matched by the state, allowing the Navy to purchase up to 10,000 acres north of the base.

Partnership Discussions Advance among Patrick AFB, Neighbors

  • February 18, 2014
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Brevard County is considering forming an executive steering committee to elevate informal discussions between Patrick Air Force Base and its neighbors on Florida’s Space Coast about ways to take advantage of a new DOD authority allowing installations to share base support services with the surrounding community. In addition to Brevard County, other participants include the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne and Satellite Beach. Cooperative agreements could cover police, fire and emergency response at Patrick, as well as expanded recreational and library services for base personnel and their families …

Ft. Lee, Community Largely Compatible, Study Concludes

  • February 17, 2014
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Despite enjoying a burst of growth following the last BRAC round, Fort Lee is not adversely affected by Petersburg, Va., and other surrounding communities, according to a recently completed joint land use study for the post. The study, which was led by the Crater Planning District Commission, found that Fort Lee and its neighbors have a compatible growth pattern, reported the Progress-Index. Several of the study’s recommendations called for the post’s surrounding communities to develop a formalized regional approach to coordinate land use planning with Fort Lee …

Army Looking at Excess Space at Installations

  • February 17, 2014
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The Army is taking an inventory of its facilities to assess how much excess infrastructure it maintains, ahead of a recommendation to the office of the secretary of defense (OSD) about the need for a new round of base closures. The Army maintains a lot of space and facilities that are not being utilized or are just partially utilized, Paul Cramer, deputy assistant secretary for installations, housing and partnerships, told the Army News Service. As a result, officials will recommend a new BRAC round be held in 2017, Cramer said …

Army Corps’ Role Would Change during New BRAC

  • February 14, 2014
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The next round of base closures likely will be much different than the last, and as a result, the Army Corps of Engineers will play a much different role, Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the agency’s commanding general, told reporters earlier this week. The Corps spent about $11 billion on new construction following BRAC 2005, but the next round will focus on disposing of properties and closing installations, Bostick said. “How do we reshape installations and make changes in the overall location of installations in order to maintain a force that is much smaller than we have today,” he said, reported Federal Times.

AUSA Head Denounces Legislation Calling for Army Commission

  • February 14, 2014
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A House bill that would form a commission to make recommendations about how the Army’s force structure should be allocated between the service’s active and reserve components is misguided, according to the head of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). “Such a commission is unnecessary, could damage Army readiness, and would impede the Army’s ability to implement spending reductions required by the 2011 Budget Control Act,” AUSA President Gordon Sullivan wrote in a Feb. 11 letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). H.R 3930, which already has 72 co-sponsors, would create a commission similar to the one that recently recommended shifting manpower from the Air Force’s active component into the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve …

Up(Capitol)hill Battle Remains for DOD to Secure New BRAC Authorization

  • February 13, 2014
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Little has changed in the battle between Congress and the Pentagon over whether lawmakers will authorize a new BRAC in the two years since the Obama administration first asked to hold additional rounds of base closure, with DOD still needing to overcome significant opposition in both chambers. If DOD wants lawmakers to approve a new round, the department will need to counter past arguments against it and, possibly, surmount an even higher hurdle — defend the momentum leading toward a much smaller military — according to discussions led by installation officials and Capitol Hill staff at this week’s 2014 Installation Innovation Forum …

Navy, Conservation Group Purchase Buffer for Bangor Sub Base

  • February 12, 2014
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The Navy, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, has completed agreements to prevent development on 1,420 acres of land adjacent to operating ranges used by Naval Submarine Base Bangor in northwest Washington. The trust purchased the tracts and sold them to Ecotrust Forest Management under an easement purchased by the Navy that restricts development, reported the Kitsap Sun. The properties will remain as working forest and be open to the public …

Active Army Shouldn’t Drop below 450,000 Troops, Odierno Says

  • February 12, 2014
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said Tuesday the service needs at least 450,000 active-duty soldiers to counter conflicts that are likely to arise in the future, a direct response to the possibility the force could be trimmed to an end strength as small as 420,000 to cope with deep spending cuts. During a panel discussion hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, Odierno said the Army’s minimum end strength should be 980,000 soldiers, including 335,000 in the National Guard and 195,000 in the Reserve, reported DoDBuzz. The active-duty force currently is scheduled to fall to 490,000 troops by the end of fiscal 2015 …

Services Push Ahead to Take Advantage of Shared Services Authority

  • February 11, 2014
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Representatives from the Air Force and Army at the 2014 Installation Innovation Forum on Tuesday described their efforts to implement the new statute allowing installations and communities to share base support services, while a senior Navy official indicated the service is encouraging its installations to explore ways to implement the authority. The Air Force is “excited about the opportunity it creates,” Kathleen Ferguson, principal deputy assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, said of the authority in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that allows installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with a local government to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions …

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