image description

Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Agreement Paves the Way for Hill AFB Visitors to Stay in Local Hotels

  • October 19, 2014
  • comments: 0

Officials in Davis County, Utah, have reached an agreement with Hill Air Force Base allowing local hotels to accommodate visitors when the installation’s on-base lodging is at full capacity. The memorandum of understanding, which provides guidance to Hill on handling visitors’ inquiries regarding participating hotels in Davis County, still needs final approval from base officials, reported the Standard-Examiner. “Hill Air Force Base enjoys the benefits of strong community partnership and support,” the base said in a written statement. “This lodging agreement benefits both Hill and the local community,” it said. Last year, base visitors spent 11,000 hotel room nights in Davis County out of a total of 17,000 room nights requested. The agreement is almost identical to one neighboring Weber County has in place with Hill. The pact is “a great service” to the base, Louenda Downs, a commissioner for Davis County, told the Examiner.

Navy to Consider Basing Additional Jets at NAS Whidbey Island

  • October 16, 2014
  • comments: 0

The Navy last week said it would revise the scope of an ongoing environmental impact statement (EIS) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to assess the impacts of basing up to 36 additional EA-18G Growler aircraft at the northwest Washington base. The initial EIS evaluated the impacts associated with adding two new expeditionary squadrons including up to 14 Growler aircraft. Last week’s announcement follows a Navy request earlier this year for 22 additional Growlers made as part of the fiscal 2015 budget submission …

San Antonio Installations Well Positioned, City Officials Say

  • October 16, 2014
  • comments: 0

Robust mission growth at San Antonio’s three military installations resulting from the 2005 round of base closures should shield them from a new BRAC, local officials told the City Council this week. The establishment of the Medical Education and Training Campus and San Antonio Military Medical Center served to bolster Fort Sam Houston and its satellite, Camp Bullis, Bob Murdock, director of the city’s Office of Military Affairs, told lawmakers. The region’s success in adopting “dark sky lighting” has helped protect operations at Bullis, which has become increasingly critical as the location for air medical evacuation training, he added …

Climate Change Prompting DOD to Study Risks to Installations

  • October 15, 2014
  • comments: 0

DOD is preparing for a range of impacts to its facilities as a result of climate change, according to its newly released Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. “Climate change will have serious implications for the department’s ability to maintain both its built and natural infrastructure, and to ensure military readiness in the future,” states the department’s strategic blueprint for tackling the issue. Potential impacts to military infrastructure include: increased inundation, erosion and flooding damage; changing demand for heating and cooling of buildings; disruption to the supply of reliable energy and fresh water …

Roadmap Calls for Pentagon to Consider Climate Change across All Planning Activities

  • October 14, 2014
  • comments: 0

The Defense Department’s new strategic blueprint for addressing climate change calls for officials to consider the impacts of global warming as part of all policies, plans and programs, including stationing decisions such as future BRAC recommendations.
Encroachment management plans and programs, such as studies for the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program also will need to be reviewed, according to the Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. The report includes a list of documents, plans and systems that should be reviewed and updated to integrate the impacts of climate change …

Florida Awards $2.5M to Communities to Support Local Installations

  • October 14, 2014
  • comments: 0

Fourteen defense communities in Florida will receive a combined $2.5 million to support 19 installations through a variety of activities, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday. Ten counties received $1.6 million in defense infrastructure grants for local projects covering encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, environment or security. Infrastructure grants are awarded to local projects deemed to have a positive impact on the military value of the installation in addition to benefitting the community. Twelve counties received $850,000 in defense reinvestment grants, which are designed to support relationships between military installations and their community …

Pentagon to Tackle Climate Change, Hagel Says

  • October 14, 2014
  • comments: 0

Climate change is a national security threat and is prompting DOD to incorporate the issue into all facets of planning and operations, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday in Peru at the Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas. For military installations, one of the most immediate impacts of climate change will be sea-level rise. “Our coastal installations could be vulnerable to rising shorelines and flooding, and extreme weather could impair our training ranges, supply chains and critical equipment,” Hagel said. “Our militaries’ readiness could be tested, and our capabilities could be stressed …

Army, BLM Officials Hear Concerns over Helicopter Noise

  • October 13, 2014
  • comments: 0

Residents in three counties west of Fort Carson, Colo., told officials from the Army and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that their primary concern about a proposal for high-altitude helicopter training on BLM land was the potential for increased noise levels. “I would say there was a lot of concern over the noise of the helicopters and the routes that were being used,” said a BLM spokesman. The Army wants to expand helicopter training across federal lands within a 50-mile radius of the post. Since forming the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, which soon will have all 112 of its helicopters, the Army’s need for helicopter training has increased …

El Paso, Southern New Mexico JLUS Reveals Roadmap for Protecting Region’s Bases

  • October 13, 2014
  • comments: 0

There are a number of strategies El Paso, Texas, and communities in southern New Mexico can pursue to prevent encroachment surrounding Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range and Holloman AFB, according to draft results from a recently completed joint land use study. The most urgent strategies for ensuring compatible land uses in the region include mapping regional energy development opportunities, promoting interagency consultation on land use, promoting an integrated regional water planning process and establishing a notification process for vertical structures, Elizabeth Drake, the JLUS project manager for AECOM, told a public meeting last week in Alamogordo, N.M. …

State Senate Passes Bill to Make Pennsylvania Base Commission Permanent

  • October 10, 2014
  • comments: 0

The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday moved to protect the commonwealth’s installations from future Pentagon realignments, approving a measure to permanently establish the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission. “As other states commit tens of millions of dollars to boost their own military installations, our state government must make a concerted effort to ensure the Department of Defense continues to recognize the value of our facilities,” said state Sen. Richard Alloway II (R), who serves as co-chairman of the Military Installations and Base Development Caucus. The commission was originally established by an executive order in 2012 to explore strategies to preserve and enhance the state’s installations ahead of a future BRAC …

Array ( )