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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Pentagon Needs to Bolster Climate Change Planning Efforts, GAO Finds

  • July 1, 2014
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In the past several years, the Defense Department has identified the impacts of climate change, such as rising temperatures and sea levels, as potential threats to its infrastructure, prompting the department to begin assessing installations’ vulnerability to climate change and to incorporate the phenomenon into installation planning efforts. Due to a number of limitations in its planning efforts, though, DOD needs to better prepare for the impacts of climate change, according to a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) …

City, State to Protect Landing Field Used by NAS Oceana from Encroachment

  • June 29, 2014
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The Chesapeake (Va.) City Council last week approved a program to use city funds to protect Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, used by pilots based at nearby Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach to practice carrier landings, from encroachment. The initiative calls for Chesapeake to spend $1 million, an amount that would be matched by the commonwealth of Virginia, to either purchase land or the development rights around Fentress. The city already has spent about $4.3 million since 2008 purchasing hundreds of acres along the flight path from Fentress to Oceana …

N.C. House Passes Bill to Keep BRAC Deliberations Secret

  • June 29, 2014
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The North Carolina House last week approved legislation allowing state officials, including the state Military Affairs Commission, to withhold information from the public about deliberations conducted to protect the state’s military installations during a BRAC round. Meetings to discuss such matters could be closed under the bill, which received no advance notice before emerging in committee June 25, reported the Fayetteville Observer. It passed unanimously on the House floor that afternoon. It now heads to the state Senate for a vote …

Southeastern Arizona Officials Attempt to Head Off Prospective Cuts at Ft. Huachuca

  • June 29, 2014
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Prompted by earlier indications that the Army was contemplating eliminating almost 50 percent of the personnel at Fort Huachuca as part of a looming round of force reductions that could shrink the service to an active-duty end strength of 420,000, officials representing Sierra Vista, Ariz., and the surrounding region have been scrambling to stave off the cuts. “We’re trying to get ahead of whatever curve you can get ahead of with something like this, and we are working to try and diversify our economy,” said Mignonne Hollis, executive director of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation …

Army Expands Scope of Basing Analysis beyond Operational Forces

  • June 29, 2014
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The Army assessment released last week of the impacts associated with trimming its active-duty end strength to 420,000 evaluates nine installations without significant operational forces that were not included in the analysis it completed last year before determining how it would shrink the service to 490,000 personnel. The 2013 analysis primarily focused on deactivating brigade combat teams at 21 candidate posts, but with the need to consider eliminating an additional 70,000 troops, officials expanded the latest assessment to its “generating force,” according to the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) released Thursday by Army Environmental Command …

Moody AFB Most Likely to Host Afghan Training Mission, Officials Say

  • June 26, 2014
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The Air Force has selected Moody AFB, Ga., as its preferred stateside location to host a mission to train the Afghan Air Force to fly and maintain a fleet of A-29 aircraft. Officials tapped Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and Shaw AFB, S.C., as reasonable alternatives for the mission proposed to last from 2014 through 2018. The Air Force would purchase 20 A-29s — on behalf of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, using DOD’s Afghanistan Security Forces Fund appropriation — to train the Afghan Air Force …

Worst-Case Scenario Would Be Devastating for Colorado Springs

  • June 26, 2014
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Fort Carson, Colo., would lose up to two-thirds of its population of 24,000 soldiers by 2020 under a worst-case scenario evaluated as part of a required assessment of the impacts of eliminating 70,000 active-duty soldiers from the Army. A cut of that magnitude would result in $1 billion in lost wages, a loss of 21,000 jobs and a big blow to the housing market in the region …

Army Analysis Describes Range of Impacts following Next Round of Troop Cuts

  • June 26, 2014
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The Army Thursday released an assessment of the potential economic impacts at 30 installations required before it makes specific basing decisions. The assessment builds on last year’s programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) which paved the way for the service to reduce its active-duty end strength from 570,000 to 490,000 soldiers. The latest analysis, a supplemental PEA, evaluates the environmental and socioeconomic impact of slashing an additional 70,000 personnel from the active-duty force, a move triggered by the stringent spending caps mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act …

State Pitches in for Runway Extension Benefitting nearby Vance AFB

  • June 25, 2014
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The Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission last week approved a $204,750 grant to help pay for a runway extension at Enid Woodring Regional Airport, bringing the commission’s total contribution to the project to more than $730,000 over the past three years. The project is being led by the city of Enid and is intended to support Vance Air Force Base, which is about 8 miles from the airport. Lengthening the runway by 2,300 feet to 8,000 feet would allow T-38 aircraft from Vance to use the regional airport for regular operations, as well as to divert there due to strong crosswinds or threatening storms …

Will Unfunded Milcon Requirements Harm Readiness, Authorization Committee Asks

  • June 25, 2014
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The Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 military construction request is 40 percent lower than it was in FY 2014, prompting the Senate Armed Services Committee to ask the department to assess the risk to readiness it is accepting by deferring many of its construction requirements. The panel said it was worried about the likely impact of curtailing milcon spending on the number of facilities in poor to failing condition, according to its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. “The committee is concerned that milcon cuts will ultimately lead to lasting negative impacts to our military’s readiness and their ability to effectively respond to crisis abroad and at home …

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