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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Effort to Overturn National Guard Cuts Runs into Resistance on Capitol Hill

  • April 28, 2014
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Congress has historically been a reliable advocate for the interests of the National Guard, but in the latest dispute over the Army’s plan to trim the size of the Army National Guard and replace its fleet of Apache attack helicopters, many members on Capitol Hill are pushing back against the arguments of state National Guard leaders. A common refrain from lawmakers is that the cuts in the Army’s end strength forced by the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps are sufficiently deep that the Guard needs to bear some of the burden of the budget cuts …

Services Adopt Uniform Standards for Installation Signage

  • April 27, 2014
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The military services recently adopted a uniform set of standards for installation signage, the culmination of a three-year effort by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), the Army Corps of Engineers and Naval Facilities Engineering Command. The new design criteria are expected to have multiple benefits, including making the transition between installations easier for service members when they move or travel …

Ventura County Leaders Face Possibility of New BRAC Round

  • April 27, 2014
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Elected officials, business representatives and military leaders from Ventura County, Calif., discussed the economic importance of Naval Base Ventura County, potential reuse opportunities if the installation were closed and the need to advocate for the base during a public forum held Friday. The base — formed by the merger of Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island in Southern California — is critical to the local economy as it employs 17,000 people, reported the Pacific Coast Business Times. And while Navy property at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme could find productive uses for civilian purposes, county residents likely would oppose developing the sites …

Local Officials Request State Funds to Defend Ft. Indiantown Gap

  • April 24, 2014
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With a potential BRAC round on the horizon, the commissioners for Lebanon County, Pa., are applying for state funds to organize efforts to advocate for Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training center located in southeastern Pennsylvania. The county is hoping to secure a $25,000 grant from the state Military Community Protection Commission to prepare arguments for preserving the installation in the event it is targeted for closure, reported the Lebanon Daily News. “I think one of things they are looking for us to do is form a local defense group and sort of set a direction on how we are going to approach this,” Kris Troup, county planning director, told the paper. The group likely would include county commissioners, business and community leaders, and former high-ranking members of the military, Troup said.

Mikulski Supports Army Force Structure Commission

  • April 24, 2014
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Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, this week said she supports a plan to establish an independent commission to study the appropriate balance between the Army’s active and reserve components. Support for the proposal already is growing as a bill introduced in the House to create a blue-ribbon panel has 167 bipartisan cosponsors, reported CQ. Mikulski made the announcement on Wednesday after visiting Maryland’s adjutant general and leaders of the state’s National Guard …

Many Officers Will Be Forced Out, Army Concedes

  • April 24, 2014
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The Army on Wednesday acknowledged that a majority of the 3,000 officers whose positions need to be eliminated by the end of fiscal 2015 will be forced out, clarifying an earlier assertion denying the officers would be subject to involuntary separation. Officials will need to let go at least 2,000 officers as part of an effort to shrink the service’s end strength from 522,000 soldiers to 490,000 by October 2015, reported Government Executive in a correction to a recent story …

Army Estimates Installations’ Excess Capacity at 18 Percent

  • April 24, 2014
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Preliminary results of a facility capacity analysis by Army officials indicate the service’s excess capacity ranges between 12 and 28 percent in the United States, depending on facility category, with an overall average of 18 percent. Excess capacity totals over 167 million square feet of facilities across all installations, potentially costing the Army over $500 million a year in unnecessary operations and maintenance, based on a cost of $3 per square foot to maintain underutilized facilities …

Kansas, Oklahoma Bases Receive Final OK for Refueling Tankers

  • April 23, 2014
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The Air Force on Wednesday formally affirmed the selection of Altus Air Force Base, Okla., as the KC-46A’s formal training unit, and McConnell AFB, Kan., as the first active duty-led main operating base. The announcement follows the recent completion of the environmental analysis required for the basing decisions. Officials selected Altus and McConnell as preferred alternatives last May …

Focusing on Younger Generation’s Needs Will Bolster Huntsville’s Prospects to Gain Missions

  • April 23, 2014
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Attracting new missions to Redstone Arsenal doesn’t require Congress to authorize a new round of base closures, but it does require the Huntsville, Ala., metro area to “attract those that have a choice” where they want to live and work, Col. Bill Marks, the garrison commander, told the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County this week. He noted that the arsenal picked up a new activity through re-stationing a few years ago when Army Contacting Command moved from northern Virginia to be closer to its parent command …

Ft. Hood Honored for Waste Diversion, Net Zero Energy Initiatives

  • April 22, 2014
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Fort Hood has won the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for environmental quality, a recognition of its efforts to reduce its environmental impact and strengthen environmental initiatives. Fort Hood, located in central Texas, was a leader in environmental quality innovation and proactive community interaction, partnerships and training, according to a press release. The post’s accomplishments include: increasing the solid waste diversion rate and introducing a single stream recycling program, increasing recycling by 27 percent in 2013 …

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