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Pentagon Required to Evaluate Army Downsizing under Amendment to House Bill

  • May 17, 2015
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The secretary of defense would be required to certify that an active-duty end strength for the Army below 490,000 soldiers will be adequate to meet the nation’s defense strategy, under an amendment added by House lawmakers last week to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The amendment, approved by voice vote, was offered by Republican Reps. John Fleming (La.) and Elise Stefanik (N.Y.). Both represent Army communities that stand to lose thousands of troops in the Army’s next round of restructuring. Officials are expected to announce early this summer how they will realign the service’s end strength from 490,000, the Army’s target for the end of FY 2015, to 420,000 by FY 2020 …

Paper Questions Lack of Job Growth at Federal City Project

  • May 17, 2015
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At the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 round of base closures, the Times-Picayune takes the opportunity to chronicle the history of the Federal City project, the redevelopment of the Naval Support Activity New Orleans, and question why it hasn’t achieved its goal of creating 10,000 jobs. The project was born out of the 2005 BRAC round when officials from New Orleans and Louisiana successfully lobbied the BRAC Commission to keep open the Naval Support Activity’s Algiers campus — located on the west bank of the Mississippi River — and move the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve there from the Navy’s Bywater campus across the river. The state pledged $125 million to build a new facility for the Marines …

Amendment Offers Possible Reprieve for Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing

  • May 14, 2015
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Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing, which is slated to be deactivated by the end of the fiscal year, would receive at least a short-term reprieve under an amendment added by the Senate Armed Services Committee this week to its draft fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The amendment offered by North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R) would require the 18th Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and U.S. Army Special Operations Command to certify that the loss of the 440th — an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field — would not harm training at Bragg before the airlift wing could be deactivated. Army commanders would have 90 days after the legislation is enacted to make a decision …

Senate Readiness Panel Denies Pentagon’s BRAC Request

  • May 12, 2015
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The Defense Department would be prohibited from holding a round of base closures, under the portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill marked up Tuesday by the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee. “At a time when the department cannot afford to fully fund … readiness requirements, I do not support giving the department the authority to pursue a BRAC round,” said Subcommittee Chair Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), reported CQ Roll Call. The panel’s rejection of the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 was not a surprise as Ayotte has made her opposition clear in recent years …

Visitors, Community Members Adjust to New Security at Wright-Patterson

  • May 12, 2015
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Since DOD raised the force protection level at U.S. installations on Friday, visitors to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have been forced to comply with more stringent security procedures, while local businesses remain anxious about a potential decline in customer traffic. Workers at the base, located outside of Dayton, Ohio, have largely been unaffected by Northern Command’s decision to raise the force protection level at DOD facilities from Alpha to Bravo, reported Dayton Daily News. The new protocols — which require visitors to obtain a base-issued pass — have prompted a handful of changes at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The museum cancelled bus tours from the main complex to hangars on base that house historic presidential and unique research aircraft …

Panel Asks for Plan to Sustain Range, Test Facility Infrastructure

  • May 11, 2015
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Citing range and test facility infrastructure that has been deteriorating over time, the House Armed Services Committee is directing DOD to assess the military construction needs of DOD’s Major Range and Test Facility Base as called for in the department’s most recent strategic plan for test and evaluation (T&E) resources, according to the report accompanying the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The assessment should include an estimated cost to replace or bring to code deficient structures, as well as a plan to ensure the department’s range and test facilities have sufficient capacity to support current and future operations, the report language states. “The committee recognizes that the [Major Range and Test Facility Base] must remain sized, operated and maintained to preserve core, governmental T&E capabilities …

Economic Impact of Maryland Installations Jumps 46% over Four Years

  • May 11, 2015
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The economic impact of Maryland’s military bases grew 46 percent between 2008 and 2012, and the state’s 15 installations now account for 15 percent of Maryland’s economic output, according to a new report released Monday by the state Department of Business and Economic Development. The state benefitted greatly from the relocation of new missions following the last base closure round. Overall, the state’s installations generated more than $51.8 billion in economic activity in 2012, including $23.9 billion in wages. They supported about 350,411 total jobs in 2012. The number of personnel employed directly at installations jumped 36 percent to 149,000 over the four-year period …

Army Demolishing Ft. Jackson Headquarters in Consolidation Move

  • May 11, 2015
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In a move that will allow the Army to shed some of its excess facilities and consolidate remaining activities at Fort Jackson, the service has decided to demolish the Columbia, S.C., post’s World War II-era headquarters building. The installation will not get a replacement headquarters and, instead, the command and garrison staff will be relocated to a much newer facility that formerly housed the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The move will benefit the post by consolidating command and garrison staff in the 41,700-square-foot building instead of remaining scattered throughout the post, reported the Charlotte Observer. The Army’s Installation Management Command “wants to get out of World War II wood buildings” in all of its installations, said Col. Mark Shade, Fort Jackson’s deputy commanding officer. “They are inefficient. They are not up to code. They are cold in the winter and hot in the summer …

Lawmakers Look to Halt Next Round of Army Downsizing

  • May 10, 2015
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With the Army on course to shrink its active-duty end strength by up to 70,000 soldiers in the coming years, lawmakers representing Army communities are eager to offer amendments to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill when it goes to the House floor this week that would suspend the planned drawdown. The House Armed Services Committee already denied one attempt to maintain the Army’s end strength at current levels when it marked up the legislation last month. An amendment sponsored by Republican Reps. John Fleming (La.) and Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) called for maintaining troop strength at 490,000, the service’s current target for the end of fiscal 2015. The provision would have prohibited further cuts until six months after officials submitted a strategic and operational analysis of the impact of future reductions, and assessed how the cuts would harm overall readiness …

Air Force Installation Support Agency One Step Closer to Reaching Operational Capability

  • May 10, 2015
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The Air Force’s newly created agency responsible for consolidating installation management functions across the service is on track to reach initial operating capability this summer, following its formal activation last week during a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, who was appointed the first commander of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at the May 5 event, told an audience of more than 500 people that the agency is still in the early stages of building the organization. “Over the course of the next year and a half, we’ll stand up the organization, hire the permanent staff and establish the necessary processes and procedures to deliver resources and support to commanders …

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