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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Pentagon Will Request a New BRAC Round in FY’16 Budget, Hagel Indicates

  • November 17, 2014
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During multiple stops this weekend, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored the need for a new BRAC round as one way for the Defense Department to mitigate the fiscal constraints imposed by the Budget Control Act spending caps. “Despite numerous efforts and almost 10 years since the last round, DOD has been unable to secure another round of base realignment and closure. Today, DOD has 24 percent excess capacity in our basing and facilities — excess capacity that is costing us billions of dollars every year, money that could otherwise be invested in maintaining our military’s edge. We need Congress to help end this excess spending …

Workforce Group Inks Partnership with Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • November 17, 2014
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The Susquehanna Workforce Network last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Aberdeen Proving Ground intended to support personnel entering the civilian job market as well as people seeking employment at the northeastern Maryland installation. Both parties have worked in partnership for years, but a formal agreement was needed to comply with Army regulations, reported the Cecil Whig. “It truly is a win-win, because as an office of one, Susquehanna Workforce Network brings a lot of resources,” said Marilyn Howard, the employment manager for the Army Community Service’s Family Support Center. “They benefit by getting increased communication of what is going on at the installation …

Army to Schedule Listening Sessions for Second Round of Troop Cuts

  • November 16, 2014
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The Army’s plan to shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020 will not require it to conduct an environmental impact statement, officials announced last week after concluding the realignment will not result in significant environmental impacts. The Army’s decision to issue a final “Finding of No Significant Impact” had been expected and means officials can begin to hold local community listening sessions to receive public input that will be considered when making force structure decisions. Officials also will rely on the analysis of environmental and socioeconomic impacts performed for the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment released in June to identify specific units and organizations that will be reduced in the upcoming years …

Lawmakers Shoot Down Air Force Compromise over A-10 Retirements

  • November 13, 2014
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Congressional advocates of the A-10 Warthog likely will reject an Air Force compromise to retire only 72 of the close air support aircraft, based on comments made Thursday at a media event rallying support for the aircraft. “I’ll give them this, they’re persistent,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said of the Air Force’s offer to retire only part of its A-10 Warthog fleet. “And even when they have heard directly from both bodies, they have continued to push this retirement, despite the fact that we are going to have a gap in capability at a time when the world has become even more dangerous for those who serve us on the ground …

Corpus Christi Advances $5M in Projects to Benefit Military

  • November 13, 2014
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The Corpus Christi (Texas) City Council on Tuesday moved to approve $5 million in projects intended to benefit local installations. The investments are intended to bolster Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot ahead of further Pentagon spending cuts, reported the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “Corpus Christi is deeply committed financially to the long-term health and welfare of our military’s operations here,” City Councilman Mark Scott said during the meeting. With cuts looming, “we continue to show Washington our ongoing commitment to their presence …

Air Force Offers Compromise over A-10 Fleet Retirement

  • November 12, 2014
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Air Force leaders have broached the possibility of retiring only 72 A-10 close air support aircraft during fiscal 2015 in response to Congress’ rejection of its proposal to retire its entire fleet of Warthogs. During briefings on Capitol Hill, Air Force officials said they urgently need this limited retirement so they can shift maintenance crews from A-10 units to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Unless the service is allowed to retire three active-duty squadrons, it may not be able to meet the planned Aug. 1, 2016, operational date for the F-35A …

Tucson Residents Salute Davis-Monthan AFB

  • November 12, 2014
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Hundreds of supporters of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base celebrated the base’s history and its importance to the Tucson region during an event held Monday to raise funds for the installation’s local support group. “They can’t advocate for themselves through the Air Force or on Capitol Hill,” said Brian Harpel, president of DM50. “So it’s up to the community to do that for them.” The event, which was held at the Pima Air and Space Museum, also provided Tucson an opportunity to thank Davis-Monthan for its economic contribution. The installation’s annual economic impact recently was estimated at $1.5 billion …

Obama Required to Explain Order Blocking Chinese Investment in Wind Farms, Judge Rules

  • November 10, 2014
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The Obama administration needs to explain why it moved in September 2012 to prohibit a Chinese company from acquiring four wind farms located near a Navy training facility in north central Oregon, a federal judge ruled last week. The order by a U.S. judge for the District of Columbia also requires the president to justify withholding any information from Chinese-owned Ralls Corp. on grounds of executive privilege. It does not, however, require the federal government to disclose classified information. Judge Amy Jackson’s order followed a ruling in July by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Obama had violated the company’s constitutional due process rights when he blocked the firm’s purchase of the wind farms …

New River Crossing to Jump Start Development outside Offutt AFB

  • November 10, 2014
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A ballot measure approved last week by residents of Bellevue, Neb., gives the city a new tool to promote economic development which could benefit neighboring Offutt Air Force Base. The measure allows Bellevue to spend up to $750,000 annually on activities such as building infrastructure, purchasing land, issuing loans and awarding grants, reported the World-Herald News Service. The initiative, led by the local chamber of commerce, is intended to stimulate development along Highway 34 which runs south of Offutt. A new bridge over the Missouri River connecting Nebraska and Iowa along Highway 34 opened last month. Communities on the Iowa side of the river also are trying to attract development triggered by the new river crossing. Many employees at Offutt live in southwest Iowa communities, so development on either side of the river would benefit the installation.

Team Protecting Georgia Bombing Range Tapped for Inaugural Nancy Natoli Élan Award

  • November 9, 2014
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The team of military, state and nonprofit organizations responsible for protecting a bombing range in southeastern Georgia from encroachment has been awarded the inaugural Nancy Natoli Élan Award for Innovation in Land Conservation by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. The Townsend Bombing Range Encroachment Partnering Team — Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast — has helped conserve more than 30,000 acres used for training by Marine Air Corps Station Beaufort, S.C., as well as Navy, Air Force and Army units from more than a dozen installations …

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