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Court Rebuffs Neighbors’ Complaints over Noise from Navy Growlers at Washington Base

  • August 14, 2015
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A federal judge this week refused to grant an injunction sought by residents in northwest Washington state to suspend flights of EA-18G Growler aircraft based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to an outlying landing field (OLF) to practice takeoffs and landings. The neighbors complained that the flights to OLF Coupeville, which resumed early last year following a temporary moratorium, were causing serious health effects due to noise. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly, however, ruled that the group of residents known as Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Environment failed to show that overflights by the Navy’s newest electronic-warfare aircraft were significantly louder than described in a 2005 environmental assessment, reported the Seattle Times …

Installations, Local Partners in Three States Win DOD Awards for Habitat Protection

  • August 14, 2015
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Conservation projects in Georgia, Maine and Nevada intended to protect buffer lands at four military installations in collaboration with local agencies and nonprofits will receive a total of $6.2 million, DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program announced earlier this week. The three 2015 REPI Challenge award winners are Fort Benning/Fort Stewart, Ga.; Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, Nev.; and the Naval Shipyard Portsmouth Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School, Maine. The three partnerships will leverage their DOD awards with more than $21 million in other funding to protect a total of 28,050 acres. The REPI Challenge aims to protect large parcels of land through cost sharing from local and private partners to preserve compatible land uses that support military readiness, while also protecting critical wildlife habitats and threatened and endangered species. The competition places a premium on harnessing the creativity of the private sector to leverage unconventional sources of funding, attract philanthropic support and take advantage of market-based approaches to land and resource conservation …

Las Cruces Hosts Navy Flight Training Squadron

  • August 7, 2015
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Student aviators from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, returned to Las Cruces International Airport, N.M., last week for the 12th time since 2001 for two months of training flights. Officials from Las Cruces are particularly excited this year after Navy officials last fall decided not to come to the city for winter training flights over concerns about fuel service operations at the airport. A fueling error had been blamed for the crash last year of an air ambulance, reported the Las Cruces Sun-News. The Navy typically brings student pilots to Las Cruces for training from January until March. “The Navy has an open invitation to come to Las Cruces for its training exercises, and we consider it a privilege to host them here,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima …

New Access Procedures Shouldn’t Deter Visitors, Ft. Bliss Commander Says

  • August 7, 2015
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During the annual State of the Military address, the commanding general of Fort Bliss reassured the residents of El Paso they are still welcome at the installation despite new procedures for visitors to gain access to the post. “We still want you to visit; we want you to come here,” Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty told about 500 military, civilian and business leaders Wednesday at the event sponsored by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. “This will be a slight inconvenience.” On Sunday, officials will open five visitor control centers to help improve access to the post …

Army Lab Forges Research Partnership with Maryland Groups

  • August 7, 2015
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The Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., last week established a formal partnership with local education, industry and workforce organizations to strengthen collaboration between researchers with the goal of delivering new technologies to the Army and further developing the region’s STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — workforce. One focus of the partnership will be the development of an open campus at Aberdeen Proving Ground which will provide space for researchers, industry and educators to collaborate on the development of new military technology. The Army Research Laboratory previously established a pilot open campus near the University of Maryland in College Park, where more than 465 people are working, reported the Baltimore Sun. “In the future, we hope to have a campus-like environment at APG where we can have groups come in and share experience and share facilities with Army researchers and government researchers,” said Thomas Russell, director of the Army lab …

Army Seeks Community Input over Plan to Train Rocket Units at JBLM

  • August 4, 2015
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The Army is seeking input from residents of the South Sound region of Washington state about a plan to conduct a three-day test at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to determine whether it can conduct rocket firing training without disturbing surrounding communities. The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System can create a sonic boom and likely will be more noticeable to residents than the howitzer cannons currently used in training at the installation, reported the News Tribune. The Nisqually Reservation is the closest community to the installation firing range and likely would experience the loudest noises. Officials will host an open house this week for residents …

Plans to Attract Defense Firms to Eastern Oklahoma Advance

  • August 4, 2015
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Plans to foster the defense industry in McAlester moved ahead last week after the city council voted to accept a $193,257 award from the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission. Leroy Alsup, the city’s community and economic development director, proposed dedicating $93,000 of the award to a planned defense industrial park that may be located next to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in eastern Oklahoma, reported McAlester News. The city is waiting for the Army to update the plant’s strategic plan before determining where the industrial park would go, Alsup said. A site outside the plant’s gates would make sense if a defense company were willing to move to McAlester …

Army Commission Departs to Europe

  • July 30, 2015
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The National Commission on the Future of the Army visited U.S. Army Europe headquarters in Wiesbaden on Tuesday and was scheduled to hold further meetings in Grafenwöhr on Wednesday to review the future role of U.S. forces across the Atlantic. “Certainly, one of the things we’ve looked at is how quickly can the U.S. respond and what is the right balance of forces in Europe, both assigned and rotational,” said Carter Ham, the commission’s chairman and a former leader of U.S. Africa Command and Army Europe. The commission will look at the structure and size of the Army, determine the proper mix between the active and reserve components, and assess how government policies will affect mission requirements …

Maryland Town Looks for Development Strategies to Raise Quality of Life for Navy Engineers

  • July 30, 2015
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In an effort to help Naval Support Facility Indian Head retain the younger members of its highly educated workforce, the town of Indian Head, Md., is looking for ways to offer amenities desired by millennials. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, the largest tenant command at Indian Head, has not experienced difficulties attracting qualified engineers. It plans on hiring up to 250 engineers this year. The command’s problem is that new engineers are leaving after an average of 11 months. “And that’s something as a community we’ve got to address,” Brian Klaas, co-chairman of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Alliance Council, said at the group’s meeting on Monday …

Massachusetts Steps up Base Promotion Efforts

  • July 29, 2015
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) is traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Pentagon’s top installations official to promote the state’s military facilities. Baker is meeting with two Senate Armed Services members from New England — Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee’s ranking member, and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who chairs the committee’s panel responsible for BRAC policy. At DOD, the governor will meet with John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment. Meeting with senators from other New England states will help officials develop a regional strategy to protect the installations, MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones, who will join the governor, told MassLive.com. Many base employees cross state lines to get to work, and the New England installations play different roles and do not compete with one another …

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