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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

With New Tanker, Reservists to Fill Expanded Role at McConnell AFB

  • July 19, 2015
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McConnell Air Force Base is looking to add 400 Reservists to the 931st Air Refueling Group as the installation located outside of Wichita, Kan., prepares for the arrival of the next generation aerial tanker KC-46A over the next several years. The 931st now has more than 650 Reservists to support one Reserve squadron with 24 crews. With the arrival of the KC-46A, the unit will expand to three squadrons of 18 crews, reported the Wichita Eagle. The increased staffing can be expected to magnify the group’s $51 million annual economic impact. About 28 percent of McConnell’s current reservists commute from other states to fulfill their weekend duties, either by driving or flying commercial airlines …

DOD Awards $54M to Schools on Travis AFB, JB Lewis-McChord

  • July 19, 2015
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The Defense Department is awarding $54.1 million to school districts in northern California and Washington state to upgrade elementary schools at neighboring military installations, DOD announced last week. The Travis Unified School District will receive $13.8 million to renovate and expand Scandia Elementary School at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The district is providing an additional $3.4 million in non-federal matching funds for the project which will serve over 500 military-connected students. The Clover Park School District will receive $40.3 million to replace Evergreen Elementary School at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. …

Anchorage Officials Temper Forecast of Army Cuts’ Impact

  • July 17, 2015
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Following last week’s announcement that Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson would lose 2,631 soldiers — 59 percent of the Army’s population — over the next two years, local economists feared the realignment would deliver a serious blow to the region’s economy. “It’s going to take a big chunk out of the Anchorage economy,” Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research, told the Alaska Dispatch News. The area could lose 6,000 jobs — including direct and indirect — and likely send the economy into a recession, Goldsmith predicted …

BRAC Coming Soon, Principi Says

  • July 17, 2015
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A new BRAC round is closer than ever, with Congress certain to approve the next round by 2019, Anthony Principi, chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission, said Thursday. “If I was a betting man, between now and 2019, I’d say 100 percent,” Principi, chairman of the Principi Group, told the Tampa Tribune following the monthly meeting of the Florida Defense Support Task Force. The new round most likely would be conducted in 2019, he said, although there is a chance that a grand bargain between Congress and the White House could force a BRAC to be held in 2017 …

Missions Change, but Goodfellow AFB Sustains Armed Forces’ Training for 75 Years

  • July 17, 2015
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Since starting out as San Angelo Air Corps Basic Flying School in 1941, Goodfellow Air Force Base has hosted an evolving roster of training missions. For its first 18 years, the central Texas base trained U.S. and foreign pilots, reported the Standard-Times. In 1958, Goodfellow’s mission changed to cryptologic intelligence training for the Air Force, a responsibility which eventually encompassed all four military services. In the 1980s, the base was selected to host all Air Force managed intelligence training and it was designated a technical training center …

Army Cutbacks Based on Comprehensive Analysis, McHugh Says

  • July 16, 2015
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The stationing decisions the Army announced last week needed to shrink the service’s active-duty end strength by 40,000 soldiers were based on months of analysis covering an array of factors including the time it takes to deploy soldiers and the strategic location of installations, Secretary John McHugh said Wednesday. “We came out with a ranking, and the decisions that we made were driven in very large measure by those rankings,” McHugh told Syracuse.com. “So it was not just an exercise in whimsy. It was a very precise process, as it should be …

It’s Time to ‘Fortify Our Bases,’ New Jersey Officials Say

  • July 16, 2015
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With the looming threat of a new BRAC round or the loss of critical missions due to belt-tightening at the Pentagon, New Jersey needs to take steps now to strengthen its installations, according to an op-ed by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) that appeared in the Record on Wednesday. “The time has come to face the threat of BRAC and take earnest steps to avoid closure or mission loss,” the two said. “BRAC and mission realignments short of a full BRAC are a threat, and New Jersey must position itself in the best possible manner against it.” Last week, the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force released a series of recommendations designed to shield the state’s four installations — Picatinny Arsenal, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Naval Weapons Station Earle and the 177th Fighter Wing in Atlantic City — from downsizing …

Air Force Signs 100th Partnering Agreement with Host Community

  • July 16, 2015
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The Air Force Community Partnership Program has celebrated its 100th partnership agreement, an initiative to help the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District fill vacancies for teachers and other positions with military spouses from Eielson AFB, Alaska. The Air Force launched the partnership program to take advantage of a new authority allowing installations and communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements to share base support services. Fifty Air Force installations currently are working with their host communities to identify opportunities to enhance support for airmen and their families, and trim installations’ operating costs. To date, the program has identified more than 1,000 initiatives from across the spectrum of installation services and mission support, according to the Air Force Community Partnership team …

Army Cuts Cover Small Facilities, Overseas Locations

  • July 15, 2015
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The Army has provided additional information about where the 40,000 military personnel it is eliminating as its shrinks its active-duty end strength to 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2018 will come from. About 2,300 of the positions will come from personnel based overseas, including 699 coming from Europe, 533 from South Korea and 71 from Japan, reported Stars and Stripes. Cuts at the 30 U.S. installations that were the focus of last week’s announcement about the service’s latest force reduction accounted for less than 20,000 personnel. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Joe Buccino said an additional 746 positions will be eliminated from over 300 small installations across the United States, some representing just a single position at a recruiting office …

Fort Bragg Airlift Unit Earns Yearlong Extension, Air Force Says

  • July 15, 2015
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Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing earned a reprieve until at least fall 2016 as a direct result of efforts by North Carolina’s congressional delegation to save the Air Force Reserve unit based at Pope Field. The 440th, which flies C-130 aircraft to support airborne units based at Fort Bragg, had been slated to be inactivated in September in a belt-tightening move. A spokesman for Air Force Reserve Command said multiple provisions in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill would mean the Air Force would need more time before it could eliminate the airlift wing, reported the Fayetteville Observer. Under an amendment sponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis (R) in the Senate version, the 18th Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and Army Special Operations Command would need to certify that the loss of the 440th would not harm training before the unit could be deactivated …

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