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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

BRAC Spurred Wichita Falls to Diversify Its Economy

  • February 4, 2014
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Evidence of Wichita Falls’ effort to diversify its economy in the wake of the 2005 BRAC round can be seen throughout the city, with a number of projects focused on beautifying its downtown and enhancing its infrastructure. After Sheppard Air Force Base lost a key mission in the last base closure round, including 400 instructors and 7,000 students annually, the city crafted a plan for expanding its economic base by 2020 …

Legislation Calls for Commission to Study Army Force Structure

  • February 4, 2014
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Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) has introduced a 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. The commission, which would be similar to the one that just released a report recommending changes to the Air Force, would help address the growing dispute between the active-duty Army, and the National Guard and Reserve …

Local Officials Oppose Panel’s Recommendation to Eliminate Air Force Reserve Command

  • February 4, 2014
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Despite calling for a greater emphasis on the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force’s final report recommends the service disestablish Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), a proposal criticized by lawmakers and leaders in Middle Georgia, where the command is headquartered at Robins Air Force Base. “When we want to rely even more heavily on our reserve forces in the future, why would you eliminate the structure that has helped us get to where we are today?” asked Robert McMahon, president and CEO of the 21st Century Partnership, the community-based group that promotes Robins …

Commission Calls for Air Force to Consider ‘Warm Basing’ Installations

  • February 3, 2014
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The Air Force should consider, with congressional authorization, closing or “warm basing” some installations, so that scarce budget dollars can be more efficiently allocated to readiness accounts, according to a congressionally created commission that focused on balancing the service’s force structure between its active and reserve components. “Warm basing may, in some cases, be a better, more cost-effective option than closing bases as it can save in conversion costs while also leaving infrastructure available for future contingencies,” according to the final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force …

Pentagon Narrows List of Eastern Missile Defense Sites

  • February 2, 2014
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Four locations in the eastern half of the United States, including Fort Drum, N.Y., will be the subject of two-year-long environmental impact statements to determine a potential site to host ground-based interceptors to protect the East Coast, the Defense Department announced Friday. The department’s effort to identify an East Coast missile defense site follows Congress’ direction to study at least three potential missile defense sites, including at least two on the East Coast …

President’s Minimum Wage Order Likely Limited in Scope

  • February 2, 2014
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Last week’s announcement by President Obama that he will sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour likely will affect a relatively small number of workers. The act increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 is only expected to cover about 200,000 federal contract workers overall, since most already make more than $10.10 …

Massachusetts Delegation Meets amid Shadow of BRAC

  • January 30, 2014
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Five members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation on Wednesday discussed state and local initiatives to enhance the efficiency of Massachusetts’ installations as part of an effort to preserve those assets in the run-up to a possible BRAC round. “There are cuts that will be coming in defense,” Rep. Richard Neal (D) told MassLive. “If the Pentagon has to figure out how to move money around in the budget we want to be preemptive …

Virginia Lawmakers Urge Air Force to Reconsider Moving Science Office to Ohio

  • January 30, 2014
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Three Virginia lawmakers are questioning the Air Force’s plans to relocate its Office of Scientific Research from its current site in Arlington, Va., to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. Sens. Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D), and Rep. Jim Moran (D) argue that the office’s existing location — close to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation — is too valuable to abandon …

Air Force Panel Recommends Greater Reliance on Reserve Components

  • January 30, 2014
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The Air Force should shift some personnel from its active-duty force to the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve as a way to deal with fiscal pressures, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force recommended Thursday. “Transitioning missions from the Active Component to the Reserve Components will allow the Air Force to perform these missions with less expensive part-time Reservists while reducing the Active Component end strength, thus saving money in the military personnel accounts that can be put to use in readiness, modernization, and recapitalization accounts,” according to the panel’s final report …

Army Closes Chemical Weapons Disposal Facility at Pine Bluff

  • January 29, 2014
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The Army formally closed the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in central Arkansas earlier this month following a three-year effort to decontaminate and dismantle the facility that destroyed about 12 percent of the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile. The systems contractor for the project, URS, removed its last workers from the site, located at Pine Bluff Arsenal, on Dec. 19. Twenty-four buildings associated with the disposal facility, which were not involved in the processing of chemical weapons, were left standing and were turned over to Pine Bluff Arsenal for reuse …

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