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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Louisiana Defense Communities Honored for Supporting Military Children

  • August 4, 2014
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Local school districts and community groups supporting Fort Polk and Barksdale Air Force Base received Partnership of Excellence Awards from the Military Child Education Coalition last week for collaborations with neighboring installations that address transition and educational issues affecting military children. In Central Louisiana, Fort Polk Progress, the Vernon Parish School District and Fort Polk, along with other local and state partners, received the Outstanding Partnership award for their recent initiative to assess the performance of the district’s schools and craft a plan to plug significant gaps …

Huachuca, Pax River Capture DOD Awards to Protect Testing, Training Lands

  • August 4, 2014
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Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., last week were named as winners of the 2014 Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Challenge, an initiative designed to promote innovative land conservation efforts that benefit military readiness, neighboring communities and the environment. Fort Huachuca’s award of $4 million will leverage $9 million in partner contributions to permanently restrict development on 5,900 acres of ranchland. The project’s partners include the Arizona Land and Water Trust, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation …

Support Group Highlights Ft. Leonard Wood’s Strengths

  • August 3, 2014
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Fort Leonard Wood faces a loss of up to 5,400 soldiers and civilians in the Army’s next round of personnel cuts, but officials in central Missouri are confident the post’s tradition of military training and the surrounding region’s resources will work in the installation’s favor. “We know cuts are coming, but we are also continuing to advocate for new missions and to find ways to show the Army that Fort Leonard Wood is the best place to continue to train the warfighter and to do business,” said Joe Driskill, executive director of Sustainable Ozarks Partnership …

Air Force to Consider Virginia Base for New Installation Support Center, Delegation Says

  • July 31, 2014
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Air Force officials have told members of Virginia’s congressional delegation that Joint Base Langley-Eustis would be considered as a candidate to host the Installation and Mission Support Center, the new organization the service is establishing to consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities. Officials previously have said the center would have about 350 employees, with many of the workers moving from other commands …

Ft. Sill under Scrutiny as Army Considers Second Round of Personnel Cuts

  • July 29, 2014
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Fort Sill was largely unscathed following the Army’s first round of cuts which were designed to shrink the service’s active-duty end strength from 562,000 to 490,000 by fiscal year 2015. The restructuring announced in June 2013, which resulted in the elimination of brigade combat teams at 10 U.S. installations, only called for a reduction of 546 soldiers at the Lawton, Okla., post. A second round of cuts needed to bring the Army down to a force as small as 420,000 soldiers, evaluated in a supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released last month, analyzes a maximum reduction at the installation of 6,022 soldiers and 820 civilians …

North Carolina City to Gain ‘Coast Guard City USA’ Designation

  • July 29, 2014
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Elizabeth City, home of several Coast Guard centers and a small boat station, is set to officially be recognized as a Coast Guard City. The city is located on the Pasquotank River just off of the coast of northern North Carolina. Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft has signed off on the city’s application for the “Coast Guard City USA” designation. The application got his approval, Zukunft said, because of the “support our Coast Guard men and women receive from the community is recognized and applauded.” Elizabeth City will need to wait 90 days before the designation becomes official. Officials had been trying to gain the designation for at least the past 10 years, reported WVEC.

Missouri National Guard Facility Largely Free of Encroachment Concerns, Study Shows

  • July 28, 2014
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The training activities of the Missouri Army National Guard at Camp Clark are generally compatible with the surrounding region of Nevada, Mo., according to preliminary results of a joint land use study launched in January. That conclusion did not come as a surprise as almost 90 percent of the land neighboring Camp Clark, located 100 miles south of Kansas City, is undeveloped, reported the Nevada Daily Mail. Representatives of the consultant preparing the study drew a sharp distinction between the situation at Camp Clark and issues, such as noise and night lighting, found outside other installations …

Ft. Hood Should Be Shielded from Next Round of Army Cuts, Support Group Official Says

  • July 27, 2014
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Because it ranks as one of the Army’s top installations based on military value, Fort Hood is unlikely to suffer a worst-case scenario loss of 14,606 soldiers and 1,394 civilians when the service determines how to eliminate up to 70,000 additional troops by 2020, according to the head of the post’s community-based support group. “They will objectively analyze the effect a base has on its surrounding area, and the area’s deemed high military value will be unaffected by major changes,” Bill Parry, executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, said Thursday at a meeting of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp. In fact, the central Texas post could grow if the Pentagon were to conduct a new round of base closures, he said …

Growth Lags behind BRAC Projections outside Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • July 24, 2014
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Optimistic projections that BRAC-fueled growth would bring more than 18,000 contractor jobs and create demand for dozens of office buildings outside of Aberdeen Proving Ground have not been met since the installation in northeast Maryland was identified as the destination of R&D activities from other locations nine years ago. “We just haven’t seen the transformation of Aberdeen itself that a lot of people thought we would see,” Scott Dorsey, CEO of Merritt Properties LLC, told the Baltimore Sun. In 2008, Merritt purchased land in Aberdeen for five buildings, but so far has completed only one; it currently is empty …

Ranchers Concerned about Possible Transfer of BLM Lands at White Sands to DOD

  • July 23, 2014
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Language in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill shifting control of hundreds of thousands of acres owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., to the Pentagon has ranchers concerned that the transfer could restrict their access for grazing and hunting. The provision is a reaction to the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project — a 515-mile, high-voltage transmission line traversing the northern extension of White Sands — which DOD officials had opposed until May when the developer agreed to bury five miles of the line to eliminate conflicts with training and weapons testing …

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