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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Nation Can’t Afford to Punt on BRAC, Texas Lawmaker Says

  • April 13, 2015
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Count Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) as one of the few lawmakers willing to let the Pentagon launch a sixth round of base closures. For the second-term lawmaker, the logic is relatively simple — with new threats emerging across the globe, DOD should be allowed to save money from weapons and installations it no longer needs so it can afford to preserve its existing end strength. “What you shouldn’t cut are personnel,” O’Rourke, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told El Paso Inc. He certainly understands why BRAC is hugely unpopular in Congress, but lawmakers can’t afford to ignore officials saying the military has about 20 percent excess infrastructure capacity. “I don’t want to continue to subsidize bases and installations that are not performing …

Michigan Delegation Presses Case for National Guard to Host Cyber Mission

  • April 13, 2015
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Michigan’s congressional delegation is lobbying top defense officials to locate a cyber operations squadron at the 110th Attack Wing at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base. The lawmakers cite multiple reasons for the unit to host the squadron including the base’s existing cyber missions, a factor which would save the Air National Guard $2.2 million because much of the needed infrastructure already is in place. They also point to the state’s skilled workforce and universities as assets that would help fill positions created by a new cyber operations squadron …

New Mexico Governor Signs Bill Streamlining Base Planning Panel

  • April 13, 2015
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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez last week signed legislation reducing the size of the state Military Base Planning Commission from 17 to 12 members. The change is intended to make the panel more nimble as it strives to protect New Mexico’s military assets, and means the commission will have nine representatives from the counties neighboring installations, two at-large representatives appointed from other counties and the lieutenant governor. The original bill, Senate Bill 369, would have eliminated the slot for the lieutenant governor …

N.C. Communities Request State Funding to Support Military Facilities

  • April 12, 2015
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Five defense communities in North Carolina have joined forces to pursue $1 million from Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to support their efforts to combat encroachment, invest in regional infrastructure and form partnerships with neighboring installations. Havelock Mayor Will Lewis spearheaded the collaboration, which includes Jacksonville, home to Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River; Goldsboro, home to Seymour Johnson AFB; Fayetteville, home to Fort Bragg/Pope Field; and Elizabeth City, home to the U.S. Coast Guard. “Every municipality that is next to an installation has things that they spend money on to support the citizens on that installation that we don’t really get a tax base from …

Governor to Consider Airport Subsidy to Benefit Illinois Arsenal

  • April 12, 2015
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Although his fiscal 2016 budget eliminated a $1.5 million subsidy to attract air service between the Quad Cities and Washington, D.C., Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday said he would revisit the issue. Supporters of Rock Island Arsenal believe attracting a commercial airline to provide direct service between Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill., and Washington would help shield the installation from future cuts or closure. During a tour of the arsenal, Rauner told reporters he broached the topic with local leaders and said the subsidy would be considered in conjunction with his long-term agenda …

State Lawmakers Support Governor’s Budget Request to Preserve Joint Base MDL

  • April 9, 2015
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New Jersey senators are endorsing Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) proposal to spend $200,000 in fiscal 2016 on strategic planning and lobbying to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in a future base closure round. Some lawmakers favored investing even more money to support the joint base, reported the Burlington County Times. “Devastating is the only word I can think of if for any reason [a BRAC Commission] would view our joint base in a negative light,” said state Sen. Jennifer Beck …

Federal Initiative Spearheads Partnership to Preserve Buffer Lands at Ft. Huachuca, Pax River

  • April 9, 2015
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Three federal agencies on Wednesday designated Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River-Atlantic test ranges, Md., as Sentinel Landscapes, a collaborative effort to promote working lands, protect wildlife habitat and ensure military readiness.
The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership — led by the departments of Agriculture, Defense and Interior — aims to preserve the lands most compatible with the military’s need for undeveloped environments to conduct its sensitive testing mission, according to a press release. “Military lands are often home to some of our nation’s best remaining habitat for wildlife, and provide an excellent opportunity to conserve species that are threatened or endangered,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell …

DOD Moving Back into Cheyenne Mountain

  • April 9, 2015
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Less than a decade after largely abandoning the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado, the Defense Department is moving communications gear into the facility to protect it from electromagnetic pulses. “Because of the very nature of the way that Cheyenne Mountain is built, it’s EMP-hardened,” Adm. William Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD, told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday. “It wasn’t really designed to be that way, but the way it was constructed makes it that way …

Not Clear What Hoops DOD Needs to Jump through to Gain BRAC Approval

  • April 8, 2015
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It’s no secret that most lawmakers are adamantly opposed to additional base closures and even after the Obama administration in February made its fourth request since 2012 for permission to hold a new BRAC round, it’s not clear that the Pentagon has made any headway with Congress. In fact, it’s difficult to find any lawmaker who will stand up for BRAC. In a story about the growing imbalance between DOD’s infrastructure and its force structure, Federal News Radio contacted six lawmakers who previously had said they would consider the department’s request to consolidate its infrastructure. None, however, agreed to comment for the story …

Chesapeake Contemplates Purchases to Protect Military Facilities from Encroachment

  • April 8, 2015
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The city of Chesapeake, Va., plans to purchase 60 acres to protect Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field and Hampton Roads Naval Support Activity, Northwest Annex from encroachment. The city still is negotiating with the owners over the purchase price for the farmland, reports the Virginian-Pilot. Half of the cost would be reimbursed by the Navy and the state. City officials plan to use their Fentress Encroachment Acquisition Program to purchase the property surrounding the auxiliary landing field …

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