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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Appropriators Highlight Deficiencies at DOD Facilities

  • April 10, 2014
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The House Appropriations Committee cited a variety of shortcomings in DOD’s military construction program, including a lack of priority placed on projects that affect safety and health, and antiquated dining facilities at several joint bases, according to its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. “The committee believes that the Department of Defense should consider more than the mission requirements and training objectives of installations when prioritizing MILCON projects …

Battle over A-10 Heats up on Capitol Hill

  • April 10, 2014
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Republican lawmakers and local officials on Thursday pledged to save the A-10 attack aircraft from an Air Force proposal to retire the fleet in the face of strict spending caps originally mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act. The challenge for the lawmakers, led by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), is finding an offset to make up for the $3.5 billion the Air Force intends to save by eliminating the aircraft that specializes in close air support, reported Defense News. “I am working this issue with my colleagues,” Ayotte told reporters …

Army Welcomes New IMCOM commander

  • April 9, 2014
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The Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) welcomed its new commander, Lt. Gen. David Halverson, on Tuesday during a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. Halverson, who also became the Army’s assistant chief of staff for installation management, previously served as deputy commanding general at Training and Doctrine Command. He takes over from Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, who led IMCOM since November 2011 …

Army Drawdown Would Require Large Cut in Brigades, Odierno Says

  • April 9, 2014
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If the full force of sequestration returns in fiscal 2016, the Army would be forced to eliminate up to 46 percent of its active-duty brigade combat teams, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Those cuts would be accompanied by a 22 percent reduction in brigade combat teams from the National Guard, Odierno told the panel. Those changes would result in the Army going from a mix of 51 percent active and 49 percent reserve component personnel, to a 46 percent active and 54 percent reserve-component split …

House Panel Warns DOD against Closure Actions outside of BRAC

  • April 9, 2014
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The Defense Department should consult with lawmakers before attempting to carry out a closure or realignment outside of a BRAC round, the House Appropriations Committee directs the Pentagon in the report language accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The request was prompted by the committee’s concern that “the Department of Defense will authorize the closure of military installations under Title 10 U.S.C. 2687, without adequate congressional consultation,” the report states …

Maryland Assembly Passes Bill Delaying Wind Project to Protect Pax River

  • April 8, 2014
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The Maryland Senate joined the House in approving legislation intended to protect Naval Air Station Patuxent River from a proposed wind farm located on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay, but the bill may not become law as it had previously been opposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). A spokeswoman for the governor told delmarvanow.com on Monday that O’Malley will review the bill, which would delay the construction of large turbines within 56 miles of the air station, before deciding whether to sign or veto it …

BRAC Is Only Way to Alleviate Excess Capacity, Hammack Tells Lawmakers

  • April 8, 2014
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The Army’s top installations official made the case for a new BRAC round during a Capitol Hill hearing last week, citing the service’s declining force structure and recent efforts to downsize its footprint in Europe. “The best and proven way to address excess and shortfalls in facility requirements in a cost-effective and fair manner is through the BRAC (base realignment and closure) Commission process,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

Senators Consider House Plan to Study Army, Guard Changes

  • April 8, 2014
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Several members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday signaled their support for a House bill that would create an independent commission to make recommendations about how the Army’s force structure should be allocated between the service’s active and reserve components. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), also would block the Army’s plan to transfer the National Guard’s 192 Apache attack helicopters to the active Army and replace them with 111 Black Hawk helicopters. The measure has the support of 41 Democrats and 111 Republicans …

Leader of Robins AFB Support Group to Step Down

  • April 7, 2014
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The 21st Century Partnership, the community support organization for Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is beginning a search for a new leader following last week’s announcement that Robert McMahon, the group’s president and CEO, will step down in May. McMahon, a retired major general whose last position was commander of Warner Robin Air Logistics Center, joined the partnership in September 2012. McMahon helped the city of Warner Robins and the surrounding region prepare for a new BRAC round through several initiatives, including commissioning multiple studies to compare Middle Georgia with other defense communities …

Vast Majority of Proposed Energy Projects Pose No Hazard, Navy Says

  • April 7, 2014
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The Navy determined that 96 percent of the 2,075 proposed energy projects it evaluated in 2013 would have little or no impact on its mission, according to congressional testimony submitted last week by the Navy’s top installations official. About 90 percent of the remaining projects were still under review as of Dec. 31, 2013. Only 8 projects were found to have a sufficient adverse impact to military operations to warrant establishment of a mitigation response team, stated Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment …

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