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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Cannon AFB Adds 600-Acre Parcel Courtesy of State

  • December 14, 2014
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The state of New Mexico recently purchased 600 acres adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base and donated it to the Air Force, the community support group for the installation said last week. The transaction stems from the effort spearheaded by the Clovis Committee of 50 to save the base located in eastern New Mexico from closure during the 2005 BRAC round. The group had argued that Cannon’s key assets included a lack of encroachment and the availability of land for future growth. At the urging of local officials, then-Gov. Bill Richardson approved a $5 million grant to purchase land and water rights to benefit the installation …

State Commits $2.9M to Upgrade Innovation Center at Hanscom AFB

  • December 11, 2014
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The commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Air Force this week celebrated the re-branding of a facility at Hanscom AFB that both parties hope will foster leading-edge advances in defense applications, cyber defense, IT and public safety. The Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center, formerly known as the CEIF — Command, Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise Integration Facility — will expand its role to include industry, technical consortia, federally funded research and development centers, and academia, as well as federal, state and municipal public safety officials …

Defense Panels Request Update on Security Reviews

  • December 10, 2014
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The Defense Department will need to update the congressional defense committees on the actions it has taken following recent reviews of physical security standards at DOD facilities, under the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The reviews of security standards were conducted in response to the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in September 2013 and at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009. The report is due April 30 and should include: a summary of the recommendations that came out of the recent security standards reviews; a description of the actions taken to address each recommendation …

BRAC Tops the Alternative, McHugh Says

  • December 10, 2014
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A new round of base closures would be the least painful way for the military to cope with the spending cuts forced by the 2011 Budget Control Act, Army Secretary John McHugh said during a ceremony this week at Fort Drum honoring the 10th Mountain Division. One alternative to BRAC that would generate savings for the Army would be to continue downsizing actions at installations across the country, as was the case earlier this year when the post experienced the loss of a brigade and about 1,500 soldiers …

State Approves Projects Benefitting Corpus Christi Installations

  • December 8, 2014
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Two state agencies last week approved $4.5 million in projects intended to bolster Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot, including an effort to protect the air station’s flight training mission from encroachment. The projects are intended to increase the military value of the two installations in advance of DOD budget cuts. Mark Scott, a member of the Corpus Christi City Council and South Texas Military Facilities Task Force, said the initiative is a concrete illustration of the community’s support for the installations. “What it tells the military is that we have tangible assets in the game, that we are financially committed to their long-term presence …

Changes in Defense Bill Should Spur Community-Installation Partnerships

  • December 5, 2014
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Language in the compromise version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill should overcome military services’ concerns about taking advantage of the authority first enacted two years ago allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host communities to share support services for most municipal functions. Since section 331 was enacted as part of the FY 2013 defense authorization bill, the services had expressed concerns that the new authority conflicts with existing acquisition rules and regulations. The new language transfers section 331 from a chapter of the U.S. Code that deals with procurement to a chapter focused on real estate …

BRAC Offers Growth Opportunity for Ft. Rucker, Local Advocacy Group Says

  • December 4, 2014
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The quality of life and other economic factors in southeastern Alabama make Fort Rucker a prime candidate for mission growth in a future base closure round, according to a leader of the installation’s local support group. Rodney Wolfe, chairman of Friends of Fort Rucker, cited the low cost of living, outstanding schools and highly trained workforce in Alabama’s Wiregrass region as examples of community assets that play a role in base closure decisions made by the Pentagon. “With the proper planning and preparation that is in place, BRAC could bring about the opportunity for growth at Fort Rucker …

Great Falls, Malmstrom AFB Consider Water Testing Collaboration

  • December 3, 2014
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Leaders from Great Falls, Mont., and neighboring Malmstrom AFB met this week to discuss shared services partnerships that could improve efficiency for both entities, including joint water testing. The meeting was a follow-up to an initial discussion in March that was held as part of the Air Force Community Partnership Program. Malmstrom is at the end of the city’s water supply line, but the two are operated as separate systems, reported the Great Falls Tribune. The two groups have identified redundant steps that could be eliminated, and now are crafting an agreement to combine the systems so they could be treated as a joint entity under state and federal regulations …

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 …

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