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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Hawaii Military Affairs Council Hosts ASEAN Event

  • April 3, 2014
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The U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, an informal meeting of the defense ministers of 10 countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, held in Hawaii this week concluded with a luncheon Thursday hosted by the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. The luncheon was the forum’s only event hosted by a private organization and underscored the Hawaii community’s strong support for the military …

DOD Shouldn’t Attempt to Bypass BRAC, Armed Services Chair Warns

  • April 3, 2014
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Senate Democrats on Thursday forcefully warned the Defense Department against any attempt to close or realign installations outside of a BRAC round, reported the Hill. “If our Army or any of the other services proposes something in the budget which is not compliant with the BRAC process, in other words front-running the BRAC process, it will be triply difficult to get a BRAC process going,” Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Army Secretary John McHugh during his panel’s hearing on the service’s fiscal 2015 budget request …

Ft. Gordon’s Signal Center Renamed Cyber Center of Excellence

  • April 2, 2014
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Fort Gordon’s Signal Center of Excellence has become the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence following a ceremony last week that signified the increasing importance of cyber warfare. The rebranding of the Signal Center comes as the Army is consolidating its Cyber Command at the East Georgia post. That move, announced in December, will co-locate Army Cyber headquarters with the Army’s Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber and a National Security Agency facility, placing the Army’s operational cyber headquarters alongside the majority of its cyber mission forces …

Senate Panel Reiterates Opposition to BRAC Request

  • April 2, 2014
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The top two lawmakers on Senate Armed Services’ readiness subcommittee on Wednesday pushed back against the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC in 2017, repeating past criticism about the cost of the last round while questioning DOD’s contention that is has significant excess capacity. Subcommittee Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and ranking member Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) both opposed the department’s request last year for a new round and their stance seems to have changed very little since then …

New York Adds $2M to FY 2014-15 Budget for Base Retention

  • April 1, 2014
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New York added $2 million to its 2014-2015 budget for base retention, a fund that primarily will benefit Fort Drum as the Pentagon pushes to hold a new round of base closures in 2017. “It’s a very good showing from the state, that they’re aware of the significance of the events that are starting to unfold, and the fact they have to put a lot of effort into preserving what we have,” said Carl McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization …

Alabama Congressman Wonders if BRAC Would Benefit Huntsville in Future

  • April 1, 2014
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Redstone Arsenal and the surrounding region of Huntsville, Ala., was one of the big winners in the 2005 round of BRAC, but Rep. Mo Brooks (R) warned a local audience that the area might not be so fortunate next time. “There are a lot of folks who would love to be able to take that job that’s at Redstone Arsenal and move it and they see BRAC as a way to do that,” Brooks told attendees Monday at a Washington update hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce …

Davis-Monthan AFB Welcomes Residents to Attend College Classes

  • March 31, 2014
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Tucson-area residents can take classes at Pima Community College’s facility located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The college’s education center at Davis-Monthan is associated with the Community College of the Air Force and is designed to meet the needs of enlisted military personnel. The center offers all general education courses required for an associate degree, from writing to computer classes, reports the Aztec Press. The school relies on civilian students to cover its costs, though. To gain access to the base, students must be U.S. citizens with either a passport or a birth certificate.

Belt-Tightening Initiative Enlists Airmen to Clean Buildings at Scott AFB

  • March 31, 2014
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Airmen at Scott Air Force Base will be assigned new custodial and grounds-keeping duties starting Tuesday as part of a cost-cutting move intended to save $1 million. Personnel will be assigned more responsibility for sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and grass-cutting at the majority of buildings on the installation located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Air Mobility Command, however, will retain its custodial contracts at buildings categorized as “prestige” level …

Ohio Base Considers Converting Trash to Alternative Fuel

  • March 30, 2014
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the University of Dayton Research Institute are discussing a partnership that would allow the Dayton, Ohio, installation to turns its trash into alternative fuel that could power its heating plant and vehicle fleet. “We’d recycle all of our trash, to convert to alternative fuel,” Col. Cassie Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, told the Dayton Business Journal. Base vehicles now run on E85, an ethanol fuel blend. Wright-Patterson could save money by reducing its requirement for disposing of its garbage. The installation may also be able to take advantage of the institute’s research into creating biofuel from algae, but that effort is only in the early stages so far.

Air Force Plan to Retire A-10s Poses Dilemma for Lawmakers

  • March 30, 2014
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House lawmakers expressed frustration over the Air Force’s plan to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft, as witnesses testified during multiple hearings last week that the aircraft’s value to the force could not overcome the overwhelming need to trim the service’s budget. “If you look at risks, capabilities and operational needs, the A-10 should not be retired,” Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, told the Hill. Yet, Turner said he did not know whether the committee could find offsetting cuts in the fiscal 2015 budget to save the fleet of 283 A-10 Warthogs …

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