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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Defense Panels Request Update on Security Reviews

  • December 10, 2014
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The Defense Department will need to update the congressional defense committees on the actions it has taken following recent reviews of physical security standards at DOD facilities, under the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The reviews of security standards were conducted in response to the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in September 2013 and at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009. The report is due April 30 and should include: a summary of the recommendations that came out of the recent security standards reviews; a description of the actions taken to address each recommendation …

BRAC Tops the Alternative, McHugh Says

  • December 10, 2014
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A new round of base closures would be the least painful way for the military to cope with the spending cuts forced by the 2011 Budget Control Act, Army Secretary John McHugh said during a ceremony this week at Fort Drum honoring the 10th Mountain Division. One alternative to BRAC that would generate savings for the Army would be to continue downsizing actions at installations across the country, as was the case earlier this year when the post experienced the loss of a brigade and about 1,500 soldiers …

State Approves Projects Benefitting Corpus Christi Installations

  • December 8, 2014
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Two state agencies last week approved $4.5 million in projects intended to bolster Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot, including an effort to protect the air station’s flight training mission from encroachment. The projects are intended to increase the military value of the two installations in advance of DOD budget cuts. Mark Scott, a member of the Corpus Christi City Council and South Texas Military Facilities Task Force, said the initiative is a concrete illustration of the community’s support for the installations. “What it tells the military is that we have tangible assets in the game, that we are financially committed to their long-term presence …

Changes in Defense Bill Should Spur Community-Installation Partnerships

  • December 5, 2014
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Language in the compromise version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill should overcome military services’ concerns about taking advantage of the authority first enacted two years ago allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host communities to share support services for most municipal functions. Since section 331 was enacted as part of the FY 2013 defense authorization bill, the services had expressed concerns that the new authority conflicts with existing acquisition rules and regulations. The new language transfers section 331 from a chapter of the U.S. Code that deals with procurement to a chapter focused on real estate …

BRAC Offers Growth Opportunity for Ft. Rucker, Local Advocacy Group Says

  • December 4, 2014
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The quality of life and other economic factors in southeastern Alabama make Fort Rucker a prime candidate for mission growth in a future base closure round, according to a leader of the installation’s local support group. Rodney Wolfe, chairman of Friends of Fort Rucker, cited the low cost of living, outstanding schools and highly trained workforce in Alabama’s Wiregrass region as examples of community assets that play a role in base closure decisions made by the Pentagon. “With the proper planning and preparation that is in place, BRAC could bring about the opportunity for growth at Fort Rucker …

Great Falls, Malmstrom AFB Consider Water Testing Collaboration

  • December 3, 2014
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Leaders from Great Falls, Mont., and neighboring Malmstrom AFB met this week to discuss shared services partnerships that could improve efficiency for both entities, including joint water testing. The meeting was a follow-up to an initial discussion in March that was held as part of the Air Force Community Partnership Program. Malmstrom is at the end of the city’s water supply line, but the two are operated as separate systems, reported the Great Falls Tribune. The two groups have identified redundant steps that could be eliminated, and now are crafting an agreement to combine the systems so they could be treated as a joint entity under state and federal regulations …

Local, State Officials Move ahead with Plans to Purchase Properties outside Robins AFB

  • December 2, 2014
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The state of Georgia is targeting mobile home parks in attempt to lower residential density as it ramps up its effort to purchase properties surrounding the airfield at Robins Air Force Base. The state effort, which is focused on northern Houston County, follows a similar initiative in southern Bibb County to purchase properties near Robins affected by aircraft noise, reports the Telegraph. The state, Bibb, Houston and Peach counties, and DOD are spending a total of $29.8 million to limit encroachment around the base in Middle Georgia …

New Access Policy at Ft. Belvoir Weeds Out Significant Chunk of Visitors

  • December 1, 2014
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The new access policy adopted at Fort Belvoir has helped boost security at the northern Virginia post by allowing security personnel to identify a significant number of visitors with criminal records. Twenty percent of visitors have criminal records and 4 percent have a felony conviction or other issue barring them from the installation, reported the Belvoir Eagle. “By screening people before they come on the installation, it’s enabling us to weed out some of the bad guys, some of the folks who do not need to be on the installation …

BLM Assessment Keeps Southwestern Transmission Line on Track

  • December 1, 2014
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The Bureau of Land Management last week found no significant environmental impact from burying a five-mile section of a proposed high-voltage transmission line that traverses the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., bringing the 515-mile project one step close to gaining final approval. The proposal to bury a section of the transmission line was part of a compromise reached in May between the Defense Department and BLM to settle a dispute between the developer of the SunZia project and supporters of White Sands over the line’s potential to impact testing and evaluation activities at the missile range. If no significant concerns are raised during the 30-day public comment period, BLM could move forward with a record of decision in January …

David Larson, Longtime OEA Deputy, Retires

  • November 30, 2014
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David Larson, who oversaw thousands of funding awards to communities affected by closure, realignment and mission growth as the deputy director for programs for DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), retired from the Defense Department last month after serving at the agency for 23 years. Larson oversaw almost $3 billion in awards to local and state governments, helping defense communities to both prepare for and cope with BRAC actions, and to protect neighboring installations from incompatible growth. He managed support for the Defense Economic Adjustment Program and the Economic Adjustment Committee, a 22-agency effort to support communities responding to defense program changes …

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