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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Approval of Joint Use Runway at Hill AFB Expected to Boost Economic Development

  • September 9, 2014
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Officials in Layton, Utah, believe a newly approved 90-acre project area with access to the runway at Hill Air Force Base will attract development to a business park being created under an enhanced use lease. The project area available for shared use is located on the east side of the runway. It was approved Tuesday by the state Military Installation Development Authority, reported the Standard-Examiner. Last year, the city and the Air Force entered into a partnership to market the parcel to industry …

Communities Flood Army with Response to Restructuring Analysis

  • September 9, 2014
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Army Environmental Command has received more than 93,000 comments so far from defense communities to its assessment of the environmental and economic impacts from shrinking the service’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 420,000 by 2020. Officials still are counting public comments that were postmarked or emailed prior to the Aug. 25 deadline for responding to the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment, which looked at the impacts of personnel cuts ranging from to 2,500 to 16,000 at 30 installations …

Thornberry Firmly against Holding a BRAC Round Soon

  • September 8, 2014
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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), considered the frontrunner to replace Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) in the next Congress as chair of the Armed Services Committee, told supporters of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., last week that he opposes conducting a new round of base closures in the near future. “I don’t think you are going to see a BRAC anytime soon. We haven’t paid for the last one …

Local Officials Support Encroachment Study for NAS Meridian

  • September 4, 2014
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The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors this week approved a resolution favoring the county’s participation in a joint land use study to ensure growth surrounding Naval Air Station Meridian remains compatible with the pilot training mission at the base in east central Mississippi. The installation’s primary concerns are noise from jets taking off and landing and the safety of residences located close to its runways, according to Jim Copeland, the installation’s community plans and liaison officer …

State Awards $4M to Hampton Roads Communities to Fight Encroachment

  • September 4, 2014
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Three cities in southeastern Virginia will share $4.1 million in state funds to prevent development from interfering with operations at Naval Air Station Oceana, Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Navy Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress. The grants were made through the state’s federal action contingency trust (FACT) fund, which was established by the General Assembly to counter federal actions that adversely affect the state. Earlier this year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) refined the program’s criteria to include communities that have been harmed by encroachment at military installations …

Pennsylvania Governor Fights Army Plan to Eliminate National Guard Unit

  • September 4, 2014
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) has made it clear he will oppose a contingency plan by the Army to shut down a unit of the National Guard. The plan to eliminate the 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team is not in the current budget; it would not go into effect unless the Army is forced to adhere to the Budget Control Act spending caps in fiscal 2016, reported the Times-Leader. But it’s still a concern, Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, the state’s adjutant general, told the paper. In a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh, Corbett said he opposes the unit’s elimination and urged officials to cancel the “ill-advised reduction.” With that letter, the closure threat should have subsided, Craig said. “The governor knows elimination of any unit has to have his consent. That’s the law. U.S. Code Titles 10 and 32 spell that out,” he said.

State Funds Fuel School Construction in Huntsville

  • September 3, 2014
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Madison County, Ala., has been taking advantage of its share of state bond funds intended to help school districts affected by BRAC growth at Redstone Arsenal. Last month, the county school system completed the $2.3 million purchase of a parcel planned to house a new high school and celebrated the opening of a new intermediate school, reported the Redstone Rocket. The school’s opening allowed officials to lessen overcrowding at an elementary school and reduce the number of grades handled at two other schools …

Governor Resurrects Group to Protect Washington Bases

  • September 3, 2014
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Wednesday renewed a coalition of groups to help shield the state’s installations from further downsizing stemming from Pentagon budget cuts. The Washington Military Alliance — which will have members from economic development offices, chambers of commerce and the military — will help protect defense jobs, contracts and infrastructure in the state. The group will meet quarterly and will serve as a policy adviser to state officials, reported the Spokesman-Review. “It’s really all about protecting the military assets we have,” said Rich Hadley, who was named to lead the alliance …

James Makes Air Force Community Partnership Program Official Policy

  • September 1, 2014
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The Air Force has embraced DOD’s new authority allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with host communities since it become law in January 2013, and now the service’s Community Partnership Program has become official with Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James’ signing of a new policy directive. The service has been applying the new section 331 authority — which allows installations to enter into agreements with local governments to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions — at dozens of locations in an effort to trim base operating costs. The new statute, along with the July 24 guidance signed by James, provides the Air Force broad authority to implement installation-community partnerships, said Steven Zander, director of the Community Partnership Program …

Prospect of Further Army Downsizing Generates Massive Public Response

  • September 1, 2014
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Army Environmental Command (AEC) has received tens of thousands of public comments to the service’s assessment of the environmental and economic impacts from shrinking its active-duty end strength to 420,000 troops by 2020, far surpassing the response last year to the analysis prepared for a previous round of cuts. As of last Wednesday, the command had received more than 40,000 public comments from supporters of the 30 installations included in the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA), with additional deliveries yet to be counted. The deadline for submitting comments was Aug. 25 …

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