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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Challenges Hinder Success of Joint Basing Implementation, GAO Finds

  • September 22, 2014
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DOD’s 12 joint bases have been fully operational since 2010, yet joint base officials reported variations in the degree to which they have consolidated 42 common installation support functions, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. None of the joint bases reported they had consolidated all support functions. Still, the 12 locations in aggregate had partially consolidated about 80 percent of the functional areas joint base commanders are responsible for, with the level of consolidation varying from 52 percent of the functions at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to 90 percent or more at three joint bases, the agency found …

Comments to Downsizing Analysis Surge Past 100,000, Army Says

  • September 22, 2014
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Defense communities have submitted more than 108,000 comments to Army Environmental Command in response to the service’s assessment of the environmental and economic impacts expected from shrinking its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops by 2020. By the time officials finish counting all of the comments sent in response to the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA), the total likely will surpass 110,000 comments, spokeswoman Cathy Kropp told Defense Communities 360. Of the 108,411 comments the command has processed, 105,119 were either form letters or petition signatures …

Joint Basing Savings Remain Unclear, GAO Finds

  • September 21, 2014
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DOD’s joint basing initiative — a recommendation proposed by the department to the 2005 BRAC Commission to consolidate installation support functions at 26 locations sharing a boundary or located in close proximity to form 12 joint bases — was intended to generate cost savings through economies of scale, and by optimizing service contracts and paring unnecessary management personnel. To date, though, DOD has not demonstrated that the initiative has fulfilled its goals of reducing duplication of efforts and producing efficiencies, concludes a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Officials at the 12 joint bases, through responses to survey questions and during interviews, did not report “significant achievements in reaching these goals,” the congressional watchdog agency found …

New Bridge under Way to Improve Security at W.Va. Guard Base

  • September 18, 2014
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Workers have begun constructing a new bridge and road to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va., that local official believe will help secure the future of the Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing. The bridge over the Elk River will provide a new access route to the base, allowing closure of the current public road serving the facility. The existing route passes right by the Guard base and poses a security risk, a factor local officials believe could jeopardize the installation in a future BRAC round. Former Sen. Robert Byrd (D) had secured federal funding for the bridge, but the money was redirected after Byrd died. Following lengthy discussions between the state government and the National Guard, officials decided to split the project’s cost between state taxpayers, the National Guard, Yeager Airport and the Kanawha County Commission, reported the West Virginia Gazette. Construction of the bridge is expected to be finished in the fall of 2015.

Air Force Unveils Plan to Accelerate Kirtland Cleanup

  • September 18, 2014
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The Air Force announced plans Wednesday to begin drilling cleanup wells to stop a fuel plume from Kirtland Air Force Base before it can reach municipal drinking water wells in southeast Albuquerque. In a meeting with Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and other stakeholder groups, Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and infrastructure, said extraction wells would begin pulling contaminants from the groundwater by June 2015 …

Panel Points to Funding, Water Supply, Security as Key Installation Challenges

  • September 18, 2014
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With declining budgets for sustainment and construction, and facilities continuing to deteriorate, installation officials throughout DOD are facing “doom and gloom,” John Conger, the department’s acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, said during the opening session at this week’s ADC 2014 Defense Policy Forum. As officials face greater risks regarding the condition of their infrastructure, though, they will be forced to consider innovative ideas to operate their bases more efficiently that they wouldn’t have considered otherwise. “People are going to be more willing to try new things,” Conger said …

Northeastern Maryland Communities Embark on Land Use Study for Proving Ground

  • September 17, 2014
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Residents, business leaders and local officials from communities surrounding Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., gathered at two public workshops this week to learn about the joint land use study being launched to ensure land uses around the installation remain compatible with its existing and future missions. The study is expected to focus on a variety of issues that could result in conflicts — including noise, safety zones, light and glare, vertical obstructions, roadway capacity and air quality, according to the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, which is coordinating the effort …

Navy’s Number Two Installations Official Stepping Down

  • September 17, 2014
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Roger Natsuhara, who has served as both the Navy’s top energy and installations official in an interim capacity as well as the top deputy, is stepping down this week after serving five years with the department’s office of the assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. Natsuhara is moving to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he will become vice president for design and construction, according to a Navy spokesperson. Since he was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary in August 2009, Natsuhara has been at the helm of several major initiatives …

Governor Plugs Importance of North Carolina’s Installations

  • September 16, 2014
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At a meeting of the state’s Military Affairs Commission Tuesday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) highlighted the strategic value of the state’s military installations, while pointing out the need to continue supporting the bases on the local level. McCrory said he had been told by the commander of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point that community support for the base was strong, a statement he had heard throughout the installations he has visited. “I hear that at every one of our bases and I think that is so important for all of us …

Air Force Announces Criteria for Selecting Installation Support Center Headquarters

  • September 15, 2014
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The Air Force on Monday released the criteria it will use to select candidate locations for the headquarters for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the newly created organization that will consolidate installation management functions currently being performed at every major command. Officials will evaluate 10 installations as potential candidates against the approved criteria and plan to identify candidates for the headquarters in the fall of 2014, according to a press release. The 10 installations include Barksdale AFB, La.; Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Joint Base Andrews, Md.; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Peterson AFB, Colo.; Scott AFB, Ill.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio …

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