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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Carter Memo Details Scope of Headquarters Spending Cuts

  • August 1, 2013
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The 20 percent reduction in DOD management headquarters spending first announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month would apply to all higher headquarters staffs, according to a memo issued by Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The cuts will apply to the office of the secretary of defense principal staff assistants and their associated defense agency staffs, the Joint Staff, service secretary staffs, service chief staffs, service four-star major commands and service component commands, lower-level service staffs down to the level determined by service secretaries and chiefs, and combatant command staffs …

No Decisions on Budget Cuts Have Been Made, Winnefeld Says

  • August 1, 2013
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One day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel painted a grim portrait of the consequences if sequestration continues for the next eight years, Navy Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reminded lawmakers that officials have not yet made any decisions about possible changes to the military’s force structure. “No decisions have been made because they cannot yet be made, because we don’t know how much money we’re going to have …

Worst Case Fiscal Scenario Would Force Further End Strength Cuts, Hagel Says

  • July 31, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday outlines a series of scenarios for dramatically cutting the size of the nation’s ground forces, along with further reductions in overhead at headquarters, that constituted the Pentagon’s first serious attempt to grapple with the possible need to eliminate up to $1 trillion in defense spending through fiscal 2021. Hagel’s presentation was the first public release of the results of the Strategic Choices and Management Review intended to help the department cope with the unprecedented budget uncertainty stemming from sequestration. Perhaps the most striking conclusion of the assessment, Hagel noted, was that even if officials implement the full complement of reductions to force structure, modernization programs, management and overhead, and compensation and benefits identified in the review, the savings still would fall short of meeting the required sequester cuts in the early years of implementation …

Air Force Panel Visits Ohio Bases

  • July 30, 2013
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Members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Monday to get a firsthand look at the impact of sequestration and to see the links between the service’s regular and reserve components. The effects of spending cuts under sequestration were very clear, according to Commissioner Janine Davidson, a George Mason University professor and former Air Force pilot …

Local Funding Needed to Strengthen Position of West Virginia Air Guard Base

  • July 28, 2013
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State and county funding to build a new access road to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va., would help secure the long-term future of the base’s 130th Airlift Wing, according to a board member of Yeager Airport, where the unit is based. The $7 million to $9 million project, which requires the construction of a bridge, would provide a new access route to the base, allowing closure of the current public road serving the facility. The existing route poses a security risk to the base, a factor which almost resulted in the base’s closure during the 2005 round of BRAC …

Air Force Structure Panel Scales Back Planned Site Visits

  • July 25, 2013
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One week after announcing a slate of 13 installations it planned to visit as it reviewed the appropriate mix between the Air Force’s regular and reserve components, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force is cancelling many of the trips due to budget concerns. The commission still will go ahead with three of the planned trips, covering active and Air National Guard bases in Ohio and Virginia, reported Politico. But for the other visits, it will consider using video conferencing or postponing them until fiscal 2014 …

Budget Officials to Assess Possibility of Trimming Required Furlough Days

  • July 25, 2013
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DOD officials continue to monitor the department’s budget situation to determine if they can afford to shave the number of days of unpaid leave civilian workers are being forced to take before the end of the fiscal year. “There might be a chance of them reducing the number of furlough days. Undersecretary Hale said that is still on the table and they are looking at other areas where they are saving money,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) told Federal News Radio following a briefing by Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale …

Proving Ground Neighbor Seeks to Become ‘Furlough-Friendly Community’

  • July 24, 2013
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In a bid to ease the pain of furloughed defense workers and attract new customers at the same time, participating businesses in Havre de Grace, Md., are offering 20 percent discounts to all federal workers being forced to take unpaid leave. The discount is intended to match the loss in pay suffered by more than 11,500 civilian workers at nearby Aberdeen Proving Ground …

AFCEC Names New Deputy Director

  • July 23, 2013
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Marilyn Croach has been selected to be the next deputy director of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, the Air Force announced Tuesday. Croach is currently the domestic policy adviser for North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command at Peterson AFB, Colo. In that role, she is responsible for advising the commander and staff on multi-sector domestic issues and engagements within various federal, state and local government entities …

Governor Renames Massachusetts Military Reservation

  • July 23, 2013
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In a rebranding effort partly aimed at better positioning the Massachusetts Military Reservation for a future BRAC round or other downsizing initiatives, Gov. Deval Patrick (D) last week signed an executive order changing the name of the commonwealth’s largest installation to Joint Base Cape Cod. More generally, the move is intended to more accurately reflect the ongoing missions and collaborative partnerships happening on the 22,000-acre base, and to support the base commanders’ desire to link themselves more closely together …

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