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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Ft. Meade Neighbor Growing, but Failing to Meet BRAC Expectations

  • July 18, 2014
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Following the 2005 round of BRAC, planners predicted Laurel, Md., would benefit from the influx of growth slated for nearby Fort Meade, and the city approved a number of apartments and housing developments to accommodate the surge. Nine years later, it’s clear that the projections missed the mark as Laurel’s population only climbed by 4,000 to 26,000 currently. The recession that took hold several years after the last BRAC played a major role in limiting new development in the city, but so did the decision by many personnel relocating to Fort Meade to commute rather than move closer to their new post …

Measure Keeping BRAC Documents Secret Goes to North Carolina Governor

  • July 17, 2014
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Documents used by North Carolina officials pertaining to the state’s military installations in relation to a BRAC round can be withheld from public view, under the final version of legislation approved unanimously by both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday. The measure now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory (R) for his signature. State Rep. Elmer Floyd (D), whose district includes Fort Bragg, said the bill would exempt information about the state’s strategy in a future base closure round from being disclosed through state public records laws and public meeting laws, reported the Fayetteville Observer. The Military Lands Protection Act also strengthens laws preventing tall structures from being built within five miles of an installation if the military opposes the project.

DOD Awards $62.6M to Improve Facilities at California, Virginia School Districts

  • July 16, 2014
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The Defense Department is awarding $62.6 million to two school districts in Southern California and one in Northern Virginia to upgrade elementary and middle schools at neighboring military installations. The San Diego Unified School District will receive $34.1 million in grant funds to renovate, repair and construct new classrooms at Doris Miller and Joy Bright Hancock Elementary Schools at Naval Base San Diego. The district is providing an additional $8.5 million in non-federal matching funds for the two schools …

Air Force Plan for New Installation Support Center Still under Development

  • July 15, 2014
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Further details about the organization the Air Force plans to establish to consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities across the service are not yet available as the strategy and implementation plans for the activity are still being developed, a spokesman said Tuesday. Officials on Monday announced plans to stand up the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center as part of a larger effort to streamline overhead to meet a Pentagon directive to trim costs and staff levels by 20 percent. At this point, the Air Force has not set a timeline for establishing the new support center …

Local Official Expresses Confidence Ft. Lee Will Survive Next Round of Army Cuts

  • July 14, 2014
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The Army is considering reducing the number of soldiers and civilians at Fort Lee, Va., by up to 3,600 personnel, but because of recent investments in the installation and the nature of its mission, any reductions imposed likely would be significantly smaller in magnitude, according to a local planning official. “Because of the budget constraints in Washington, they are taking a hard look at, where do they go in the future,” Denny Morris, executive director of the Crater Planning District, told the Progress-Index. “I don’t think they’re going to change too much because the mission at Fort Lee is still basically the same …

N.C. Base Provides Washington Officials Up-Close Look at Sources of Encroachment

  • July 14, 2014
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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point recently hosted top Pentagon and White House officials for a firsthand look at the primary encroachment challenges faced by the installation on the coast of North Carolina and its outlying training facilities. One of the visit’s key goals was to show the officials where funding from DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program for establishing a buffer around Cherry Point has been used. “Flying this diverse group of officials around our military installations provided for a better understanding of how funds are used to prevent encroachment here …

Air Force Reveals Plan to Consolidate Installation Support

  • July 14, 2014
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The Air Force on Monday outlined its plan to consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities within a newly created Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. Officials have not yet determined where the new center, which will report to Air Force Materiel Command, will be located. The move was announced by officials as part of a larger reorganization of the service’s headquarters, major commands, numbered air forces and field operating agencies designed to save $1.6 billion over five years …

North Country Officials Focus on Potential School Cuts Triggered by Army Drawdown

  • July 13, 2014
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Under the worst-case scenario considered by the Army in its analysis of the impacts of trimming its active-duty end strength to 420,000, Fort Drum, N.Y., would lose up to 16,000 personnel. If the full reductions were realized, the economic consequences would overwhelm the region as the post’s total population of soldiers and civilians is only 19,000. Similarly, such an outcome would devastate area schools that support Fort Drum personnel, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in enrollment at public schools and a one-third cut in the number of students at the community college in neighboring Watertown …

Southern Maryland Leaders Look to Strengthen Pax River ahead of BRAC

  • July 13, 2014
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With outstanding facilities, an ideal location and a large swath of controlled airspace, Naval Air Station Patuxent River is in a favorable position with a possible BRAC round looming, but officials in southern Maryland believe there is more to do to bolster the installation’s standing after finding out the results of an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. “There’s nothing popping up out of the study suggesting something we can’t handle,” Robin Finnacom, acting director of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, told Southern Maryland News. Most interesting was the $60,000 report’s conclusion that one of the installation’s most valuable attributes, the complexity and unique characteristics of its missions, poses a potential weakness …

APG Hosts Area Students for STEM Internship

  • July 11, 2014
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Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., this week launched its latest initiative to foster area students with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The two-week pilot is providing an opportunity for 16 Harford County high school students to work with engineers and scientists at the Army installation located northeast of Baltimore and gain hands-on lab experience in multiple STEM fields, reported Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) public affairs. The program is hosted by CECOM and the Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center. The students have been matched with their subject preferences, including cyber security software development, information assurance, mission command capabilities, battlefield simulation and virtual prototyping. “STEM professions drive innovation and are vital for the future competitiveness of the U.S.,” said Larry Muzzelo, director of the CECOM Software Engineering Center.

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