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Army Nominee Defends Restructuring Plan

  • July 23, 2015
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The restructuring the Army announced earlier this month will leave a force that is still large enough to meet its current missions, but at a “high level” of risk, Gen. Mark Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday at a hearing on his nomination to be the next Army chief of staff. “I think from a total Army perspective, we have adequate size, but that is with significant risk,” Milley said. “That risk is incurred in terms of time to get to the fight, the time to mobilize [National Guard] units, time to get them trained and certified, and then it’s also significant risk in potential casualties,” he told the panel. Milley, currently the commander of Army Forces Command, also responded to lawmakers from states slated to absorb a portion of the 40,000-soldier reduction that will be carried out by the end of fiscal 2018 …

Anchorage’s Civilian Economy Could Use Several Thousand Veterans

  • July 23, 2015
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While the Army’s plan to cut 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will have some negative effects on Anchorage’s economy, transitioning personnel who elect to stay in the area will boost the local labor pool and have an opportunity to significantly benefit the region, according to a commentary published in the Alaska Dispatch News. Anchorage employers from a range of sectors have said they have job openings that are difficult to fill because of a lack of qualified candidates, write Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., and Julie Saupe, president and CEO of Visit Anchorage. The city has only 8,500 unemployed workers. “The troops and their families who are facing the upcoming military drawdown are professional, skilled workers, and we have the jobs for them right here in Anchorage and Alaska. The Army’s loss is Alaska’s gain …

House Republicans Continue Support for Base in Azores

  • July 22, 2015
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House Republicans are reviewing a DOD decision to build an intelligence center in the United Kingdom as part of an ongoing effort to maintain the U.S. presence at Lajes Air Force Base, located on the Portuguese island of Terceira in the Azores. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, requested DOD documents used in making the decision to build the intelligence center at Royal Air Force Base Croughton, located outside of London, to find out why the military chose the U.K. location over Lajes, a Portuguese Air Force installation …

DOD, VA Health Care Partnership Adds Ft. Jackson’s Hospital

  • July 22, 2015
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A regional health care partnership that started with the medical center at Fort Gordon and two Veterans Affairs hospitals in Georgia has been extended to Fort Jackson’s Moncrief Army Community Hospital and a VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C. The partnership started in 2012 with a $2.9 million grant from DOD and VA allowing Fort Gordon’s Eisenhower Army Medical Center and VA hospitals in Augusta and Dublin, Ga., to coordinate patient care and identify opportunities for sharing facilities, personnel and services, reported the Augusta Chronicle. Adding the two Co­lum­bia facilities should expand opportunities for collaboration, according to Col. John Lamoureux, chairman of the Georgia-Lina Federal Healthcare Executive Council and Eisenhower’s commander. “We have a shared interest in caring for our nation’s service members and veterans,” Lamoureux said of the five hospitals involved …

Services to Consider Additional Force Protection Measures in Wake of Tennessee Shootings

  • July 21, 2015
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter has approved “immediate force protection steps” following last week’s shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed four Marines and one Navy sailor. Carter also has directed the services to look at additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety of service members and civilians at military installations, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. “I’ve asked the services to quickly, but in a comprehensive way, assess additional things that they might recommend,” Carter told reporters Sunday while flying to Israel. “I really want to give them the chance to look at — do an assessment and come back to me with facts and recommendations. And I’ll make further decisions down the road on the basis of those service recommendations,” Carter said …

Revised Relocation of Marines Would Lessen Impact to Guam, Review Concludes

  • July 21, 2015
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The Navy last week released its environmental review for a revised realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam agreed to in 2012, signaling the likely resumption of the Navy’s effort to ready Guam to accommodate the arrival of about 5,000 Marines. As a result of the scaled-down move, the cantonment area, housing and live fire training range needed to accommodate the relocation will be confined to the military’s existing footprint on Guam, according to the final supplemental environmental impact statement. The Navy’s original plan called for the acquisition of 1,688 acres of land from either the local government or private landowners, reported the Pacific Daily News. “This is a very important step forward in the relocation effort, and the Department of Defense has worked diligently to address the core concerns that were raised by our community,” said Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo …

Air Force Civil Engineer Center Gains New Director

  • July 20, 2015
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Randy Brown, who most recently served as director of the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Requirements Directorate at Air Force Materiel Command, became the new director of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center during a ceremony last week at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Brown replaces Joe Sciabica who retired last month. Before serving at Materiel Command, Brown led the Armament Directorate at Eglin AFB, Fla., where he led more than 1,000 personnel executing a portfolio valued at more than $52 billion. Many of the comments at the assumption of leadership ceremony touched on the possibilities AFCEC could look forward to under the newly created Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC). The future holds excitement and opportunities for the organization, said AFIMSC Commander Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter …

Connecticut Military Affairs Office Keeps Sights on Sub Base

  • July 19, 2015
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Connecticut’s Office Military Affairs has begun to evolve after it was first created eight years ago, but its primary focus remains supporting Naval Submarine Base New London and ensuring it does not become a candidate for closure in a future BRAC round. The need for the office became apparent after state and local officials successfully fought to convince the 2005 BRAC Commission to overturn DOD’s recommendation to close the installation. “The idea was that the state of Connecticut could no longer afford to ignore the fact that the submarine base in Groton had a vital impact on our communities in southeastern Connecticut, the economy of those communities and the economy of the state,” said Rob Simmons …

With New Tanker, Reservists to Fill Expanded Role at McConnell AFB

  • July 19, 2015
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McConnell Air Force Base is looking to add 400 Reservists to the 931st Air Refueling Group as the installation located outside of Wichita, Kan., prepares for the arrival of the next generation aerial tanker KC-46A over the next several years. The 931st now has more than 650 Reservists to support one Reserve squadron with 24 crews. With the arrival of the KC-46A, the unit will expand to three squadrons of 18 crews, reported the Wichita Eagle. The increased staffing can be expected to magnify the group’s $51 million annual economic impact. About 28 percent of McConnell’s current reservists commute from other states to fulfill their weekend duties, either by driving or flying commercial airlines …

DOD Awards $54M to Schools on Travis AFB, JB Lewis-McChord

  • July 19, 2015
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The Defense Department is awarding $54.1 million to school districts in northern California and Washington state to upgrade elementary schools at neighboring military installations, DOD announced last week. The Travis Unified School District will receive $13.8 million to renovate and expand Scandia Elementary School at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The district is providing an additional $3.4 million in non-federal matching funds for the project which will serve over 500 military-connected students. The Clover Park School District will receive $40.3 million to replace Evergreen Elementary School at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. …

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