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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Authorization Bill Loosens Restrictions on Guam Buildup Spending

  • December 16, 2014
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A freeze on spending construction funds from the Pentagon and the government of Japan on projects in Guam needed to accommodate an influx of Marines would be lifted under the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. In recent years, leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee had barred the United States from spending money needed to prepare Guam for the realignment of about 5,000 Marines from Okinawa due to concerns over the lack of a DOD implementation plan for the buildup. Japan so far has contributed $1 billion out of the $3 billion it pledged to support the move …

Air Force Not Planning Involuntary Force Reductions in FY’15, James Says

  • December 16, 2014
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The Air Force will not go ahead with involuntary force reductions planned for fiscal 2015, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Tuesday during an online forum. “[Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and I] are in agreement that enough is enough,” James said as she neared her first anniversary at her post. “We have reduced far enough. We will not go lower, and we will fight to hold on to the numbers now that we have.” In 2014, the Air Force selected more than 13,000 airmen for voluntary separation and more than 6,000 to leave involuntarily …

DOD Needs to Assess Threat from Foreign Governments to Training Ranges, GAO Finds

  • December 16, 2014
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For many years, the Defense Department has been concerned about the challenges posed by urban development, endangered species habitat and other external influences that could interfere with the use of its installations and training ranges. More recently, defense officials have reported concerns with security encroachment by foreign entities that acquire assets near test and training ranges that provide an opportunity for surveillance of DOD activities. To date, however, DOD has not conducted a risk assessment to determine the degree to which “foreign encroachment” poses a threat its ranges, nor issued guidance directing the services to conduct such assessments, concludes the Government Accountability Office in a new report …

Major Adjustments Not Needed for Industry as Air Force Centralizes Installation Support

  • December 16, 2014
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The Air Force’s move to centralize mission support functions under a new agency should not dramatically change how the service deals with industry, Col. Brian Duffy, vice commander of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC Provisional), told business representatives last week. “While some organizational changes may take place to align functions under AFIMSC, in general, the people and offices within the Air Force that small businesses work with today remain the ones you will work with in the future …

Ohio Guard Wing Earns Reprieve in Defense Bill

  • December 16, 2014
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Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, Ohio, received good news in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill as the result of language allowing the Air Force to fund avionics upgrades to the Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing. The wing’s eight C -130H Hercules transport aircraft need the enhanced communications gear — called Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast-Out (ADS-B) — to continue flying outside the U.S. mainland beyond 2020, reported the Mansfield News Journal. The provision allows the Air Force to tap alternative programs and funding to modernize the C-130H fleet but doesn’t require the service to go ahead …

Military Patient Volumes Drop at Georgia Hospital

  • December 15, 2014
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A federal law requiring military personnel and their dependents to obtain medical care from military facilities has resulted in a significant drop in patient care at a hospital frequented by service members stationed at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southeastern Georgia. “We have seen a significant reduction in our volumes at the hospital, as well as physician practices,” Gary Colberg, president and CEO of the Southeast Georgia Health System, told the Brunswick News. The system’s Camden campus has lost an estimated $2 million a year as a result of the changes …

Obama Stops at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

  • December 15, 2014
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While President Obama on Monday thanked U.S. troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., for supporting the fight against both Ebola in West Africa and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, discussions about the installation and the looming threat of base closure lurked in the background. “This is one of our nation’s premier joint military bases,” Obama told thousands of service members in an aircraft hangar …

Decision on Next Round of Army Restructuring Expected by Next Summer

  • December 14, 2014
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The Army likely won’t announce until June how it will realign its forces as it eliminates up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, according to comments made at a listening session for Fort Leavenworth, Kan., last week. The Army — which already is slated to trim its active-duty forces from 562,000 to 490,000 by the end of FY 2015 — now is gathering public input at 30 installations with the potential to lose between 2,500 and 16,000 military and civilian personnel by the end of a second round of troop cuts needed to accommodate stringent budget caps. If Congress does not offer the Pentagon any relief from the spending caps, the Army’s active-duty end strength could fall to 420,000 …

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 …

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