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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Heightened Security Could Exacerbate Traffic Woes outside Bases, Panel Says

  • May 25, 2015
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Constraints on military construction funding are hampering the ability of DOD to address traffic congestion on the roads leading to a number of U.S. installations, including those that have experienced significant population growth due to BRAC, according to the Senate Military Construction and Veteran Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. The constraints are limiting the ability of DOD to fund urgent defense access roads and entry control point projects at installations coping with growth due to BRAC as well as those serving as host commands for a wide variety of military services and agencies, the panel says in its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill …

Connecticut Sub Base Not Threatened by BRAC, Commander Says

  • May 25, 2015
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Naval Submarine Base New London is well positioned to weather the next BRAC round, the base commander said Thursday at a meeting sponsored by the Groton Business Association. “I think we have a compelling case for staying open,” said Capt. Carl Lahti. While the Army and Air Force are clamoring for the authority to close bases, senior Navy officials, including Secretary Ray Mabus, have said the department has the right amount of shore infrastructure for the current level of naval strength. Lahti said he believes certain base functions could be moved around but the Navy is not expecting any base closures during the next BRAC …

Texas Legislature Expected to Provide $30M for Installations

  • May 21, 2015
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Texas lawmakers are expected to include $30 million in the state’s next two-year budget to support military installations, reports the El Paso Times. The state’s compromise budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium now includes $30 million for defense economic adjustment assistance grants to help communities support local installations, but the plan still needs to be adopted by a House-Senate conference committee, Reps. Marisa Márquez (D) and Joe Pickett (D) told the paper. The move comes as the prospect of a new BRAC round looms. The budget request submitted by DOD in February requested permission to hold a BRAC in 2017, the fourth straight year the Obama administration has asked for approval for additional base closures …

House Votes to Authorize $25M in Defense Bill for Transportation Upgrades at Growth Bases

  • May 21, 2015
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Defense communities still coping with mission growth stemming from the 2005 round of base closures could apply for a total of $25 million for transportation infrastructure improvements, as the result of an amendment added on the House floor last week to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The provision, sponsored by Reps. Denny Heck (Wash.) and Don Beyer (Va.), would authorize the funds to be allocated to the Office of Economic Adjustment, which would award grants through a competitive process. The amendment states that the money should be used for transportation upgrades “associated with congestion mitigation in urban areas” related to the last BRAC round …

Rise in Land Use Conflicts Worries Randolph AFB Officials

  • May 21, 2015
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Planned development around Randolph Air Force Base, located on San Antonio’s Northeast Side, poses a threat to the training missions conducted at one of the service’s busiest airfields, base officials told Bexar County lawmakers this week. While safety is the Air Force’s overriding concern in trying to minimize land use conflicts with surrounding housing developments, aircraft noise and bird strikes are significant issues as well. Pilot training “is inherently dangerous. Even though we have an extremely safe record, incidents do occur,” said Lt. Col. Robin Baldwin, the encroachment public outreach officer at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph …

Host Communities Renew Partnering Efforts with Scott AFB

  • May 21, 2015
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The village of Shiloh, Ill., has renewed its agreement to work with Scott Air Force Base and other neighboring communities to identify opportunities to save money or enhance mission effectiveness at the installation located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The memorandum of understanding formalizes Shiloh’s participation in the Air Force Community Partnership Program, the service’s effort to take advantage of the new authority allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host community to share base support services. “I think all of you are aware that we’ve been attending meetings with other communities, as well as with Scott Air Force Base, in partnering to figure out ways that the village and other cities around the base can partner together to perhaps save them money and us [as well] in the process,” said Mayor Jim Vernier …

President Highlights National Security Risks Posed by Climate Change

  • May 21, 2015
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President Obama on Wednesday underscored the dangers of rising sea levels and other impacts of extreme weather posed by climate change during a commencement speech to the graduating class of cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. “Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and make no mistake: It will impact how our military defends our country,” the president said. “We need to act, and we need to act now …

Air Force Introduces Programs to Increase End Strength

  • May 20, 2015
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The Air Force is reversing course and introducing several force management programs to increase its active-duty end strength following several years of personnel reductions. The course correction was prompted by a host of new missions, including the air campaign against the Islamic State and the effort to support NATO allies anxious over Russian aggression in Ukraine. The size of the Air Force began to shrink in fiscal 2014, when its end strength stood at 330,700 airmen. Now it has 312,980 service members, reported Air Force Times. The service’s FY 2016 budget calls for its end strength to rise 1.3 percent to 317,000 …

Florida County Considers Acquiring Airport Property from Eglin AFB

  • May 20, 2015
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In a bid to save money and help shield Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., during a future round of base closures, Okaloosa County officials are considering purchasing the property of the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport that it now leases from the installation. County commissioners on Tuesday voted to ask county airport officials to research the issue, reported Northwest Florida Daily News. The county currently leases the 131-acre airport property for about $400,000 a year. The airport had been called Northwest Florida Regional Airport until its name was changed earlier this year …

Budget Proposal includes Limited Funds for North Carolina Bases

  • May 20, 2015
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North Carolina defense communities would receive $345,100 to get ready for a future BRAC round under the new biennial budget moving through the state House. The budget — which covers the period from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017 — also would create a new Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, as Gov. Pat McCrory (R) called for in his State of the State address in February, reported the Fayetteville Observer. The budget was approved by the House Finance Committee on Monday and may receive a floor vote before the end of the week, before moving to the Senate …

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