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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

No BRAC until Military’s Future Role Is Clarified, Thornberry Says

  • January 15, 2015
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One week after taking the reins of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) revealed a strong reluctance to consider authorizing a new round of base closures, and underscored the need to better define the future roles and missions of the nation’s military before going ahead. “We are still having a discussion in this country about what the role of the United States is in the world and about what sort of military capabilities we need to fulfill that role. Once you give up a base or a training range, it’s gone forever …

Residents, Leaders Highlight Contribution Played by Ft. Eustis

  • January 15, 2015
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Local leaders on Tuesday highlighted the devastating impact a reduction of up to 4,200 soldiers and civilians at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., would have on the surrounding Hampton Roads region, during the Army’s seventh listening session devoted to the community impacts of shrinking the service’s active-duty end strength to 420,000 by fiscal 2020. “This base is so central to our community,” Newport News Councilwoman Sharon Scott said during the meeting attended by about 300 people. “You’re going to take away dollars, you’re going to take away businesses, you’re going to take away jobs. That is going to be so critical …

Business Center Has Been Helping North Carolina’s Defense Sector Grow since 2005

  • January 13, 2015
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The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) last week celebrated its 10th year of helping firms in the state capture defense contracts. NCMBC is the only statewide military business center in the nation, said Executive Director Scott Dorney. “No other state dedicates the resources that North Carolina does to growing the military economy, expanding our tax base and creating jobs for people across the state — while supporting our military with the critical products that they need to train, fight and win America’s conflicts …

Defense Officials Signal Intention to Request New BRAC Round

  • January 11, 2015
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Comments last week by two senior DOD officials provided a relatively strong indication the Obama administration once more will ask Congress for permission to conduct another round of base closures when it submits its fiscal 2016 budget request next month. On Friday Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters that the European infrastructure consolidation announced the previous day didn’t change the department’s view of the pressing need for a new BRAC round. “You know, we’re operating right now with what we think is about a 25 percent excess infrastructure here in the continental United States. And we simply can’t afford that,” said Kirby. “And I suspect you’ll see that — that be part of the discussion moving forward into February,” he said …

Ft. Lee Plays Key Role for Neighboring Communities, Army Learns at Listening Session

  • January 11, 2015
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Residents and local leaders last week told Army officials about the importance of Fort Lee, Va., to both the surrounding region and the military during a listening session intended to gather public input before deciding how to shrink the service’s end strength by 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. “It is not just a base that sits among us, but it is a part of us,” state Sen. Rosalyn Dance said at the meeting held at the post’s Army Logistics University, reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch. About 100 people attended the session, covering a broad spectrum of the community, including residents, business owners, educators and lawmakers from the neighboring cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell, and three surrounding counties …

Governors Brace for Next Iteration of Battle over Army National Guard Aircraft

  • January 11, 2015
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After successfully fending off the Army’s plan last year to shift the National Guard’s Apache attack helicopters to the active component, the nation’s governors are expecting another fight over the Guard this year. “We already know that the Pentagon intends to resubmit plans to reduce the size of the Army Guard and to remove the Guard’s Apache helicopters,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said last week at a State of the States speech in Washington. “Governors and Congress said no once. And we will say it again. The Guard is the most cost-effective, combat-ready force in our nation’s arsenal,” said Herbert, who serves as co-chairman of the National Governors Association …

BRAC Lurks below Surface of European Infrastructure Initiative

  • January 8, 2015
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The European Infrastructure Consolidation announced Thursday should help DOD make its case to Congress for a new BRAC round, according to the Pentagon’s top installations official. Since the Obama administration first asked permission three years ago to conduct additional base closures, one of the most popular reasons cited by lawmakers for ignoring the request was that the department still needed to streamline its overseas footprint. On Thursday, John Conger, performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, acknowledged the effort to pare excess infrastructure partially was intended to respond to lawmakers’ concerns …

Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Earns Temporary Reprieve in Policy Bill

  • January 7, 2015
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The Air Force will not be able deactivate the 440th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field, as soon it had planned as a result of language in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill sponsored last year by then-Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.). An amendment halting all C-130H and C-130J aircraft transfers until 60 days after the Air Force issues a report outlining a justification of its decision that was added to the Senate version of the measure was included in the compromise legislation enacted last month. The language also calls for the Government Accountability Office to review the Air Force report …

Texas County Supports Measure Alerting Homebuyers about Impacts of Neighboring Installations

  • January 7, 2015
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County commissioners of Guadalupe County, Texas, located on the eastern side of Randolph Air Force Base, last week adopted a resolution supporting legislation requiring homebuyers to be informed about the possible impacts of living near a military installation. The vote followed a presentation by officials from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph about the air base’s economic and operational impacts on Guadalupe County, which lies outside of San Antonio, reported the Seguin Gazette. Randolph features a twin-runway, twin-control tower configuration and records a total of 212,000 takeoffs and landings each year …

State Laws Don’t Increase Pot Use, Army Finds

  • January 7, 2015
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The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington has not contributed to an increase in the drug’s use at two of the Army’s largest installations, officials have concluded. In fact, the rate of positive drug tests for marijuana among soldiers at Fort Carson and Joint Base Lewis-McChord dropped since the two states legalized recreational marijuana, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. “With one minor exception, the data is trending downwards, though it remains relatively flat and the changes are statistically insignificant …

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