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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

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.

Navy, Guam Celebrate Opening of Island’s Main Highway

  • July 10, 2014
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Officials from the Navy and Guam held a ribbon cutting Wednesday for the island’s reconstructed main thoroughfare in Hagatna, a $16.4 million federally funded project needed to accommodate the relocation of thousands of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa to Guam. Improvements included the removal and replacement of the six-lane bridge over the Agana River in the capital and the addition of new lanes linking the two roads for motorists traversing to the southern end of the island, reported Navy public affairs. “This was the Department of Defense’s work on outside-the-fence contracts,” said Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo …

Ft. Eustis Faces Uncertainty over Army Downsizing

  • July 10, 2014
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Fort Eustis is losing only 333 personnel following the Army’s decision last year for restructuring its forces as its eliminates 10 brigade combat teams, but now officials are considering trimming as many as 4,200 soldiers and civilians from the southeastern Virginia post. While the Army’s latest effort to reduce its end strength by an additional 70,000 troops to a size of 420,000 personnel is worrisome, local officials aren’t panicking. “The impact is not as severe as it looks at first blush,” said Craig Quigley, executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance …

DLA Outsourcing Plan Could Cost Pennsylvania Depot Hundreds of Jobs

  • July 10, 2014
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A federal employees union says a plan being considered by the Defense Logistics Agency to outsource the stocking of parts for military equipment could jeopardize up to 600 federal jobs, including 450 at a depot outside of Harrisburg, Pa. DLA Distribution Susquehanna would lose an estimated 450 workers if the agency goes ahead with a proposal to rely on the private sector to store military parts, a function which accounts for 30 percent of the depot’s work, Tim Schaming, vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told the Sentinel. Schaming said the plan would cost DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., about 150 jobs …

Amid Army Downsizing, Population at Maryland Post Continues to Rise

  • July 9, 2014
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While his fellow garrison commanders across the Army are planning for the number of uniformed and civilian personnel at their installations to follow a downward trajectory, Col. Brian Foley is managing a post that is slated to grow by 4,000 service members in the next several years. The influx at Fort Meade, located between Washington and Baltimore, primarily is being fueled by growth in information, intelligence and cyber defense work, with the National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency and U.S. Cyber Command leading the way …

Air Force to Impose Limits on F-35 Training Flights at Eglin

  • July 9, 2014
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Air Force officials have decided to impose operational limitations on F-35 training flights at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida Panhandle to reduce noise over the city of Valparaiso, according to a record of decision published Wednesday. Officials selected the “no action alternative” for the basing of up to 59 F-35s at the Eglin joint training site, which represented the environmentally preferred alternative. “The Air Force listened to the community’s concerns and worked hard to find a solution that meets mission requirements and also reduces noise impacts,” said Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment, and energy …

Ft. Jackson Poised to Thrive as Army Restructures, Commander Says

  • July 9, 2014
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Despite being targeted for the elimination of up to 3,100 soldiers and civilians in the Army’s next round of personnel cuts, Fort Jackson, S.C., could be one of the posts that benefits as others suffer large losses. “We have the capacity to expand,” Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker told the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Fort Jackson, part of the Columbia metropolitan area, houses nine battalions of soldiers in training, and recently built barracks for two more battalions …

Air Force Holds Groundbreaking for KC-46A Facilities

  • July 8, 2014
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Top Air Force officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking June 30 at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., for facilities needed to support the service’s new tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus. McConnell will be the first active duty-led main operating base for the new KC-46A, which is expected to arrive beginning in 2016. The tanker will have a larger refueling capacity, improved efficiency and increased capabilities for cargo and aeromedical evacuation compared to the aircraft it is replacing …

Residents Fret about Noise Impacts from Possible New Missions at Davis-Monthan AFB

  • July 8, 2014
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Residents in neighborhoods close to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are becoming increasingly concerned about what aircraft could be based at the Tucson, Ariz., installation in the future when its three squadrons of A-10 attack jets are replaced. The base’s neighbors are resigned to the noise levels generated by the A-10, but many oppose other possible missions, including F-16 and F-35 fighters, due to those louder noise profiles of those aircraft, reported the Arizona Daily Star. Last year, 19 neighborhood associations signed a letter opposing any plan to house F-35s at the installation …

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