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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

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

  • October 13, 2014
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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
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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 …

Monterey Leaders Form Group to Support Area Installations

  • October 9, 2014
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With a BRAC round looming and the Pentagon forced to slash expenses, a group of elected officials and community leaders from California’s Monterey Peninsula have formed an alliance to advocate for the region’s military missions and defense facilities. The Monterey Regional Defense Alliance is an effort to broaden support for local defense facilities — including the Presidio of Monterey/Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School — beyond the city of Monterey, said Mary Ann Leffel, president of the Monterey County Business Council. A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the region’s installations now underway by the city likely will be one the alliance’s first agenda items, reports the Monterey Herald. About 10,000 people are employed in the local defense sector, generating a $1.4 billion annual economic impact. “The closure of one or more of these installations would be potentially catastrophic,” said Dino Pick, deputy city manager for the city.

County Extends Ban on Tall Energy Facilities to Protect Travis AFB

  • October 8, 2014
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In an effort to protect operations at Travis Air Force Base in northern California, the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended a prohibition on commercial renewable energy and wireless communication facilities exceeding 200 feet in height in the unincorporated parts of the county. The measure extends an interim ordinance for one year to address potential impacts to the installation’s radar operation and a new C-17 assault landing zone. “Both are potentially threatened by increased renewable energy development,” staff noted in a report to the board …

County Continues Effort to Protect New Jersey Base from Encroachment

  • October 8, 2014
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The Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund is purchasing a 167-acre tract outside of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, extending the community’s effort to provide a buffer for the central New Jersey installation. In recent years, the county and the Pentagon have partnered to protect 13 properties totaling 8,574 acres neighboring the base, which sits in Burlington and Ocean counties, reported the Messenger-Press. DOD has provided $6.1 million out of a total cost of $14.8 million to purchase the properties. The purchase of another 11 properties by the base totaling 2,536 acres is pending …

Rock Island Arsenal Vulnerable to Sequestration, McHugh Says

  • October 7, 2014
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Army Secretary John McHugh on Tuesday said the Army appreciates efforts by area leaders and elected officials to support Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., but warned Quad City officials that defense spending caps slated to be imposed starting in fiscal 2016 could force cutbacks at the facility. If Congress fails to relax the caps, “we’re going to be enormously challenged to maintain the kinds of programs that you see here. Less money means even fewer items bought, fewer items manufactured,” McHugh said following a tour of Rock Island. “We need to get that fixed …

Decision to Remove Fencing at Federal City Troubles Military Families

  • October 7, 2014
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A recent decision by the Algiers Development District to remove perimeter fencing surrounding the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans has upset many of the almost 200 military families who live in Navy housing located inside the Federal City project. Local officials intended to open up the Federal City project to the public to make it more attractive to prospective tenants. The families, who are now concerned about their safety, believed the fencing would remain until many of the existing buildings on the campus had tenants, reports the Times-Picayune. To date, most of the former Navy buildings are vacant …

BRAC is Coming, Principi Says

  • October 6, 2014
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Anthony Principi, chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission, is convinced a new base closure round will be held in the next five years. “At some point, Congress is going to have to authorize a BRAC” commission, Principi told Seacoastonline last week. “I’ve seen the trepidation [of base closures] first-hand, and I know [a BRAC round] can create an anxious time for communities. But the bottom line is that there’s a lot of excess military infrastructure, and it’s costly,” he said. The paper interviewed Principi ahead of his visit today, along with Maine gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud (D), to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Principi last visited the shipyard during the 2005 BRAC round. The commission later voted to take it off the closure list. At the time, he said it was “the premiere public shipyard. It should be the gold standard by which we should measure other shipyards.” Principi told the paper he is confident Portsmouth will survive a future BRAC.

New Commissary to Support Pittsburgh-Area Service Members, Veterans

  • October 6, 2014
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The nine-year odyssey to replace the commissary and post exchange at an Army facility closing as a result of BRAC 2005 is almost complete, with the grand opening for new stores set for later this month. After the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility, located outside of Pittsburgh in Collier, was designated for closure in 2005, local veterans and military support groups lobbied lawmakers and the Pentagon to retain a post exchange and commissary in the region, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Even with the closure of the Kelly Support Facility, the area still is home to several units — the Army Reserve’s 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, the Air Force Reserve’s 911th Airlift Wing and Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing …

Region Can Still Benefit from Ft. Bragg Support Group, Director Says

  • October 6, 2014
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Eight years after its predecessor organization was formed to help accommodate growth at Fort Bragg stemming from the 2005 BRAC round, the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance finds itself needing to demonstrate its value to member counties. By the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year in July, only four of the 11 original participating counties surrounding Fayetteville, N.C., were still members. And as state and federal grants have evaporated, the organization is relying solely on local funding, reports the Fayetteville Observer. “We’re a lean, mean organization right now,” said Alliance CEO Greg Taylor. Its two staff members recently accepted furloughs …

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