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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Services Push Ahead to Take Advantage of Shared Services Authority

  • February 11, 2014
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Representatives from the Air Force and Army at the 2014 Installation Innovation Forum on Tuesday described their efforts to implement the new statute allowing installations and communities to share base support services, while a senior Navy official indicated the service is encouraging its installations to explore ways to implement the authority. The Air Force is “excited about the opportunity it creates,” Kathleen Ferguson, principal deputy assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, said of the authority in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that allows installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with a local government to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions …

School System Tackles Misalignment following Response to BRAC Growth at Ft. Benning

  • February 10, 2014
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The Muscogee County (Ga.) School District built several schools to accommodate the surge of students expected due to growth at Fort Benning following the 2005 round of BRAC. Unfortunately, many of the system’s schools now have a surfeit of space, while others are packed to capacity. “We have plenty of student stations, in other words, seats. They’re just not in the right place,” said David Lewis, Muscogee County Superintendent. “I could tell you it’s probably about close to half are under full capacity …

City Acts to Spur Development outside of Fort Polk

  • February 9, 2014
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The city of Leesville closed in on its goal of attracting commercial and residential development outside the gates of Fort Polk, after the city council last month approved an agreement allowing Leesville to acquire property needed for water infrastructure improvements along a highway and a proposed parkway connecting it to the post in west-central Louisiana. “The acquisition of water assets along La. 467 and the proposed parkway between La. 467 and La. 468 will bring us one step closer to creating a well-developed urban area just outside Fort Polk’s gates …

Air Force Secretary Embraces Thrust of Commission Report

  • February 9, 2014
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In comments Friday indicating the Air Force agrees with the major points of the final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, Secretary Deborah Lee James said the service plans to increase its dependence on its reserve components. “Going forward, there’s no doubt in my mind that our Air Force is going to rely more, not less, on our National Guard and Reserve forces,” James said, reported the Air Force News Service. “This makes sense from not only from a mission standpoint, but from an economic standpoint …

Navy Postpones Move of Two Squadrons at NAS Oceana

  • February 6, 2014
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The Navy has postponed the relocation of two squadrons of F/A-18 Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., until at least 2016, a move that would have resulted in an estimated $42 million annual hit to the Hampton Roads economy. The squadrons initially were designated to be shifted to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., but in 2006 their destination was changed to the West Coast as part of the military’s pivot to Asia, reported the Virginian-Pilot. The fighter jets now are slated to move to Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California. The two squadrons are part of a total of 10 squadrons of Super Hornets that have been based at Oceana since 2008. The Navy has no plans to replace the two squadrons at Oceana after they move, according to the story.

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Threatening Ft. Huachuca over Water Use

  • February 6, 2014
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Several environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit to force the Army to comply with an earlier ruling requiring it to determine whether operations at Fort Huachuca are depleting the San Pedro River, an action that ultimately could force officials to curtail missions at the southeastern Arizona post. The lawsuit is the latest move in a battle the environmental groups have fought for more than a decade to protect the San Pedro’s upper basin and two endangered species that live there. The suit seeks to force the Army to issue a new “biological opinion” to assess whether the installation’s reliance on groundwater pumping threatens the water umbel, a semi-aquatic plant, and the southwestern willow flycatcher …

Legal Concerns Slow Implementation of New Partnerships Authority, Hammack Says

  • February 6, 2014
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Unanswered legal questions surrounding the new statute allowing installations and communities to share base support services have hampered Army efforts to take advantage of the authority, according to Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. The Army is eager to take advantage of sec. 331, the authority in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that allows installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with a local government to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions. So far, Army headquarters is encouraging installations to work with their host communities to identify the potential opportunities and capabilities each has to offer …

BRAC Spurred Wichita Falls to Diversify Its Economy

  • February 4, 2014
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Evidence of Wichita Falls’ effort to diversify its economy in the wake of the 2005 BRAC round can be seen throughout the city, with a number of projects focused on beautifying its downtown and enhancing its infrastructure. After Sheppard Air Force Base lost a key mission in the last base closure round, including 400 instructors and 7,000 students annually, the city crafted a plan for expanding its economic base by 2020 …

Legislation Calls for Commission to Study Army Force Structure

  • February 4, 2014
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Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) has introduced a bill that would form a commission to make recommendations about how the Army’s force structure should be allocated between the service’s active and reserve components. The commission, which would be similar to the one that just released a report recommending changes to the Air Force, would help address the growing dispute between the active-duty Army, and the National Guard and Reserve …

Local Officials Oppose Panel’s Recommendation to Eliminate Air Force Reserve Command

  • February 4, 2014
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Despite calling for a greater emphasis on the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force’s final report recommends the service disestablish Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), a proposal criticized by lawmakers and leaders in Middle Georgia, where the command is headquartered at Robins Air Force Base. “When we want to rely even more heavily on our reserve forces in the future, why would you eliminate the structure that has helped us get to where we are today?” asked Robert McMahon, president and CEO of the 21st Century Partnership, the community-based group that promotes Robins …

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