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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Local, State Officials Move ahead with Plans to Purchase Properties outside Robins AFB

  • December 2, 2014
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The state of Georgia is targeting mobile home parks in attempt to lower residential density as it ramps up its effort to purchase properties surrounding the airfield at Robins Air Force Base. The state effort, which is focused on northern Houston County, follows a similar initiative in southern Bibb County to purchase properties near Robins affected by aircraft noise, reports the Telegraph. The state, Bibb, Houston and Peach counties, and DOD are spending a total of $29.8 million to limit encroachment around the base in Middle Georgia …

New Access Policy at Ft. Belvoir Weeds Out Significant Chunk of Visitors

  • December 1, 2014
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The new access policy adopted at Fort Belvoir has helped boost security at the northern Virginia post by allowing security personnel to identify a significant number of visitors with criminal records. Twenty percent of visitors have criminal records and 4 percent have a felony conviction or other issue barring them from the installation, reported the Belvoir Eagle. “By screening people before they come on the installation, it’s enabling us to weed out some of the bad guys, some of the folks who do not need to be on the installation …

BLM Assessment Keeps Southwestern Transmission Line on Track

  • December 1, 2014
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The Bureau of Land Management last week found no significant environmental impact from burying a five-mile section of a proposed high-voltage transmission line that traverses the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., bringing the 515-mile project one step close to gaining final approval. The proposal to bury a section of the transmission line was part of a compromise reached in May between the Defense Department and BLM to settle a dispute between the developer of the SunZia project and supporters of White Sands over the line’s potential to impact testing and evaluation activities at the missile range. If no significant concerns are raised during the 30-day public comment period, BLM could move forward with a record of decision in January …

David Larson, Longtime OEA Deputy, Retires

  • November 30, 2014
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David Larson, who oversaw thousands of funding awards to communities affected by closure, realignment and mission growth as the deputy director for programs for DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), retired from the Defense Department last month after serving at the agency for 23 years. Larson oversaw almost $3 billion in awards to local and state governments, helping defense communities to both prepare for and cope with BRAC actions, and to protect neighboring installations from incompatible growth. He managed support for the Defense Economic Adjustment Program and the Economic Adjustment Committee, a 22-agency effort to support communities responding to defense program changes …

State Invests $2.5M to Upgrade Access Road to JB Cape Cod

  • November 30, 2014
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The commonwealth of Massachusetts is spending $2.5 million to repair and repave a primary roadway serving Joint Base Cape Cod, state officials announced last week. The repairs to Connery Avenue will cover sections of roadway both off and on the installation, which houses elements of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and the Air Force, along with nearly 30 other tenants. In addition to serving the 22,000-acre installation, the road provides critical access to the local fire and sheriff’s departments and the Massachusetts National Cemetery …

Local, State Initiatives Advance to Shield Letterkenny Army Depot from Cuts

  • November 24, 2014
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Officials in south central Pennsylvania are moving ahead with multiple initiatives to strengthen Letterkenny Army Depot and the region in the event of a future BRAC. At this point, though, L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., is confident Letterkenny’s immediate future is secure. “Right now Letterkenny is very stable with everything going on in the world,” Ross, who also serves as chairman of Team Letterkenny, told the Franklin County Council of Governments last week …

Army Realignment Should Be Conducted under BRAC, Community Leaders Say

  • November 23, 2014
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The decision-making process the Army is using to shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 by fiscal 2020 lacks transparency, say leaders in two Army communities that stand to lose thousands of troops as officials decide what installations will lose up to 70,000 soldiers. Instead, the Army’s force structure realignments should be made through a formal BRAC round, they say. “No one is comfortable with the process of this whole drawdown and the way it’s being managed. The citizens at large, Congress, the Army — nobody’s happy with this process. … The meat-cleaver approach that is being taken to defense spending is unconscionable,” said John Crutchfield, president and CEO of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce …

Aviation Restructuring Prompts Loss of Ft. Campbell Brigade

  • November 23, 2014
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Fort Campbell, Ky., will lose a 2,400-soldier combat aviation brigade by next October as part of an Army aviation restructuring initiative, officials announced last week. The decision to eliminate the post’s 159th Combat Aviation Brigade also will mean the departure of 3,800 family members and result in cascading economic impacts in the surrounding community. “The loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell will have a wide-ranging effect both on and off the installation on many levels …

Air Force to Identify Candidate Reserve Bases to Host New Tankers

  • November 23, 2014
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The Air Force has released the basing criteria it will use to select candidates for the first Reserve-led KC-46A main operating base. Officials plan to announce candidate installations in the spring of 2015, select the preferred and reasonable alternatives and begin the environmental impact analysis process in the fall of 2015, and announce a final decision in calendar year 2016, according to a press release. The Air Force will evaluate all Reserve-led global mobility wings with a runway of at least 7,000 feet against the criteria …

Four Bases to Vie for Air Force’s New Installation Support Center

  • November 20, 2014
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The Air Force this week announced four installations — Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, Scott AFB, Ill., and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio — as candidate locations to host the headquarters for the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. The Air Force plans to announce preferred and reasonable alternatives and continue the environmental impact analysis process through early 2015. Officials from Air Force Materiel Command will begin to conduct site surveys of each candidate base to assess a range of operational and facility requirements …

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