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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Ready and Resilient for the Challenges Ahead

  • March 23, 2015
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The stories of communities’ successes and the effect of their ongoing work are the heart of ADC and the focus of “Ready and Resilient: America’s Defense Communities” …

Community Event Recognizes Contribution of Dobbins ARB

  • March 19, 2015
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More than 1,000 residents of suburban Atlanta, along with local and military officials, showed up last week to celebrate Dobbins Air Reserve Base and its impact on Cobb County, and to thank its personnel for their service. The “Business after Hours” event also provided residents an opportunity to meet officials at the 1,640-acre installation, located 20 miles northwest of Atlanta. The Cobb Chamber of Commerce worked with Dobbins, Clay National Guard Center in Marietta and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to hold the event, reported the Marietta Daily Journal. The installation employs between 500 and 600 people, but at times hosts a population approaching 3,000 workers. Lockheed shares a runway with the base …

Niagara Officials Unveil Marketing Campaign for Air Station

  • March 19, 2015
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Niagara County, N.Y., officials kicked off a campaign last week to promote Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in an effort to shield the base from potential closure. The campaign, which features two videos, is branding the air station as “Joint Base Niagara” to highlight the multiple missions it hosts for other services along with opportunities to expand into new mission areas. The campaign is a joint effort between county officials and the Niagara Military Affairs Council that relied on a $300,000 base retention grant from the state …

Local Planning Required to Address Noise Impacts at MCAS Beaufort, Study Says

  • March 18, 2015
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To reduce land use conflicts with two installations near the southern tip of South Carolina — Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island — local jurisdictions should improve coordination with military officials and consider amending the overlay boundaries associated with the buffer zone for the air station to reflect the impacts of the F-35B fighter aircraft, according to draft reports of a joint land use study released this month. The study calls for the two installations to monitor the environmental impacts of their military activities and to engage in additional public outreach. The local jurisdictions should consider updating their comprehensive plans and regional growth policies to encourage compatibility between the installations and their neighbors …

Community Braces for Potential Changes at Ft. Drum

  • March 17, 2015
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Officials in northern New York are alarmed over the prospect that Fort Drum potentially could lose a total of 16,000 soldiers and civilians as the Army deliberates over a second round of restructuring slated to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 420,000. The post will experience a net loss of 1,500 personnel following an earlier round of restructuring when officials decided to eliminate one of its brigade combat teams. But now local officials are focusing on the worst-case scenario for the North Country region and placing heightened importance on the listening session scheduled for Friday, reported the Post-Standard. “I would tell you that this is very real, and there’s a real potential that we could take significant cuts here at Fort Drum,” said Col. Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum’s garrison commander …

BRAC Out, Thornberry says

  • March 16, 2015
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Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has no plans to include a base closure round in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill his panel is slated to mark up next month, he told reporters Monday. “I’m not sure we can afford another BRAC,” Thornberry said in echoing many of the same arguments Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the committee’s Readiness panel, employed at a March 3 hearing. “Remember, BRAC costs more in the early years than it saves,” Thornberry said, reported the Hill. “We have not yet broken even from the 2005 BRAC.” The chairman also argued that DOD’s estimate that at least 20 percent of its infrastructure is excess to its needs is out-of-date …

Tyndall AFB Asks to Restrict Surrounding Waterways during Emergencies

  • March 16, 2015
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The Bay Defense Alliance is urging the local business community to support a proposal from Tyndall Air Force Base that would allow it to restrict waterways surrounding the installation located on the Florida Panhandle if a security threat arises. The base faces a unique security threat because it is surrounded by water on three sides, Glen McDonald, a member of the Defense Alliance, told the Bay County Economic Development Alliance. Tyndall’s initial proposal generated significant opposition from residents, prompting officials to revise the plan …

DOD Grant Helps South Carolina Defense Firms Diversify

  • March 16, 2015
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Two state agencies in South Carolina are helping defense businesses diversify into other industries through a $700,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. The initiative — offered through the Department of Employment and Workforce and the Department of Commerce — is intended to help businesses in the defense industry prepare for reductions in spending by DOD. The program offers companies support in strategic planning, sales and marketing, lean product development and quality certifications, reported GSA Business. Two industries that defense firms are being encouraged to pursue are aerospace and automotive …

Subcommittee Chairs Remain Hostile toward New BRAC Round

  • March 15, 2015
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Now that the House and Senate panels responsible for BRAC have held their hearings on the administration’s fiscal 2016 budget request, it’s clear that the two subcommittee chairs are no less opposed to green lighting the Pentagon’s request to hold a new BRAC round than they have been in the past. Last Wednesday, Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, was upfront about her views on the matter, telling the installation chiefs for DOD and each of the services that her “going-in position” was that she is opposed to BRAC. At the previous week’s House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee hearing, Chairman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) never stated his opposition to the department’s BRAC proposal but asked questions designed to bolster arguments against the request …

Virginia Lawmakers Hail Navy Basing Decisions

  • March 15, 2015
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The Navy will base its newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, at Naval Station Norfolk and homeport four amphibious ships at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia’s congressional delegation announced last week. The moves underscore the Navy’s commitment to Hampton Roads and also provide an economic boost to the region for at least several years, the lawmakers said. “This is a great sign for us in terms of the Navy’s view of our region,” said Sen. Mark Warner …

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