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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Pennsylvania Installations Share Concerns over Possible Downsizing

  • February 11, 2015
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The leaders of three installations in south central Pennsylvania met with local officials Wednesday to highlight the important role the facilities play in the region’s economy as well as in national security. Two of the installations — the Defense Logistics Agency’s Distribution Center Susquehanna and Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg — each employ more than 4,000 workers, most of whom are civilians. The Army War College and the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle have 1,700 staff members. The War College hosts more than 400 students annually. But beyond demonstrating the installations are critical to the local economy, it’s important to show they are run efficiently and serve unique functions within the military …

Over 2,000 Turn out to Support Fort Riley at Listening Session

  • February 10, 2015
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State and local officials and members of Kansas’ congressional delegation addressed an overflow crowd of more than 2,000 residents in Junction City, Kan., on Monday during an Army listening session that provided attendees an opportunity to show their support for Fort Riley. The meeting allowed the Army a chance to gather input from Fort Riley’s neighbors before the service determines how it will shrink its end strength by 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. Fort Riley could lose a maximum of 16,000 personnel, primarily soldiers, through the end of this second round of restructuring. Speakers highlighted the multitude of partnerships between local institutions and the post, covering areas such as education and health care …

Military Generates $19.3B Impact in South Carolina

  • February 10, 2015
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South Carolina military installations contribute $19.3 billion to the state’s economy annually, according to a new study from the University of South Carolina. The three installations in Beaufort County — Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Naval Hospital Beaufort — generate $1.5 billion for the state and are responsible for nearly 13,000 jobs. “That’s a huge element of our local economy, no question about it,” said William Bethea, who leads the South Carolina Military Base Task Force …

Air Force Divestment Strategy Postpones Some Aircraft Retirements

  • February 9, 2015
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Force structure changes included in the Air Force’s fiscal 2016 budget request would affect installations in 17 states, with the largest impacts at bases with A-10 units, officials said last week. The FY 2016 budget would continue the strategy proposed last year by the Air Force to phase out a number of weapons systems, but will postpone the retirement of some systems by several years “to retain critical capability in the near term while positioning the service to support a leaner, more modern force in the future,” according to a press release. “We are investing in nuclear, space, ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance], the Guard and Reserve, and have discontinued our personnel downsizing programs,” said Secretary Deborah Lee James …

Anniston Officials Ponder Prospects for Depot in Next BRAC

  • February 9, 2015
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Although it’s still not clear when the Pentagon will hold another BRAC round, officials in northeastern Alabama would like to hold onto Anniston Army Depot, especially after losing Fort McClellan in an earlier round. The depot already is contending with a declining workload since the military’s drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan. Five hundred workers lost their jobs in 2012, and last week 190 temporary workers were let go, reported the Anniston Star. Despite the drop in personnel, officials are confident the depot would survive the next round of base closures. Even in the absence of a large ground war, the facility is needed to refurbish weapons and equipment in peacetime, they say. Also, the Army needs to maintain a surge capacity in the event a war breaks out …

City, County Support Expansion of Tinker AFB for KC-46A Depot

  • February 8, 2015
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A ceremony last week at Tinker Air Force Base marked a collaboration among the Air Force, Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County to purchase a former rail yard on the west side of the installation for a depot maintenance facility for the military’s next-generation aerial refueling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus. Oklahoma City contributed $23.5 million, Oklahoma County $12.5 million and the Air Force $8 million to acquire the 158-acre site from BNSF Railway. The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, which needed a new site to accommodate KC-46A depot operations, selected the rail yard partially because it would allow the Air Force to link up property that was disconnected from the base …

Ft. Bragg’s Value Rests on Community Ties, Strategic Necessity, Local Officials Tell the Army

  • February 8, 2015
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Fayetteville, N.C., leaders and other officials underscored the strategic importance of Fort Bragg, along with the community’s long-standing support for the post and its personnel during an Army listening session attended by an estimated 450 people last Thursday. The meeting, the 15th of 30 the Army will hold across the country, was intended to gather input for its second round of restructuring which will eliminate up to 70,000 active-duty troops. Many of the 21 speakers touched on the economic ties between Fort Bragg and the surrounding region. Local governments and the state have invested more than a billion dollars to improve roads near the post …

Number of Active-Duty Soldiers Falls below Half Million

  • February 8, 2015
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The end strength of the active-duty Army fell below 500,000 for the first time in a decade, and now stands at 498,642 soldiers. Over the past year, the regular Army shrunk by 24,331 soldiers, reported Army Times. By the end of September, forces are due to drop to 490,000. The budget request released last week by the Obama administration calls for the Army’s end strength to decline to 475,000 by Oct. 1, 2016. Officials have said the force will need to shrink to a size of 450,000 and, possibly, to 420,000 if the existing statutory caps on defense spending remain in place through fiscal 2021. The figures, compiled by the Defense Manpower Data Center, show that as the Army entered 2015 its reserve components had a combined strength of 547,007 soldiers — 349,881 in the National Guard and 197,126 in the Army Reserve.

Colorado Springs Comes out to Shield Ft. Carson from Army Restructuring

  • February 4, 2015
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An overflow crowd made up of Colorado Springs residents and leaders showed up Tuesday afternoon to support Fort Carson at an Army listening session before officials determine how to shrink the service’s end strength by 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. The Army is considering eliminating up to 16,000 personnel — almost all soldiers — from the post by the conclusion of a second round of restructuring intended to cut the service’s end strength to 420,000. The meeting is “not a BRAC hearing,” moderator Ed Anderson, a retired three-star general, emphasized at the outset of the session, which lasted three-and-one-half hours. Brig. Gen. Roger Cloutier, the Army’s director of force management, said “not a single decision has been made …

Navy Stands up ‘Information Dominance’ Command in Southeastern Virginia

  • February 4, 2015
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The Navy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to mark the creation of the Information Dominance Forces Command in Suffolk, Va., an organization made up of about 700 military, civilian and contractor personnel. The command has been operating since October, working to improve cybersecurity through dozens of efforts both ashore and afloat. Over the past several months, the command has been consolidating and aligning the missions, functions and tasks previously managed by the separate information dominance commands of Navy Cyber Forces, Fleet Cyber, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography, and the Office of Naval Intelligence …

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