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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Young Officers Won’t Be Forced Out, Army Says

  • April 22, 2014
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The Army on Tuesday denied an Associated Press story stating it would need to force 3,000 officers out of the service by the end of fiscal 2015 as part of an effort to shrink its end strength from 522,000 soldiers to 490,000. The Army could rely on natural separations such as retirements and fewer enlistments to reach its target, said spokesman Troy Rolan. “I don’t see why we would have to force anybody out,” Rolan told Government Executive. “There’s so many ways we can reach any number, it’s almost impossible to describe them all …

Travis AFB Advocates Look to New Tanker Mission

  • April 21, 2014
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With the KC-10 fleet nearing the end of its lifespan, the Travis Community Consortium is pinning the future of Travis Air Force Base on the KC-46A. The base in northern California now is home to 27 KC-10s, but the local support group for Travis is confident the installation is the right location for the next generation tanker. “We believe Travis has the ideal infrastructure and location to host multiple KC-46A squadrons,” Sandy Person, who chairs the consortium, wrote in a commentary in the Vacaville Reporter …

DOD Should Take Advantage of Roads Program, House Panel Says

  • April 21, 2014
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The Defense Department should make greater use of the Defense Access Roads (DAR) program, a way for DOD to upgrade roads outside of military installations, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. “The committee has heard of many worthwhile road construction/expansion projects in and around military installations that are in great need of funding,” the panel states. Those projects would benefit both the installations and the communities …

Local Schools Need to Support Military Children, Ft. Rucker Advocate Says

  • April 20, 2014
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The chairman of the local support organization for Fort Rucker stressed the need for school districts in defense communities to support the children of military dependents, by maintaining high academic standards as well as by being sensitive to the requirements of military-connected students, during remarks last week to the Daleville (Ala.) Board of Education. Rod Wolfe, chairman of the Friends of Fort Rucker, cited a number of measures that DOD evaluates when considering base closures, including whether a school system has adopted the Common Core Curriculum, which can lessen the challenges children face after moving to a different school district …

Revised Plan Would Ease Impact of Marines’ Realignment to Guam

  • April 20, 2014
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The Navy’s revised plan for relocating 4,700 Marines from Okinawa to Guam would extend the timetable for constructing facilities to accommodate the move from seven to 13 years, eliciting praise from the government of Guam. The plan would diminish the realignment’s impact on Guam’s infrastructure and residents, as a smaller military footprint results in a lower demand for power, water and wastewater treatment, according to the draft supplemental environmental impact statement the Navy released last week …

State Investment to Extend Buffer around Ft. Drum

  • April 17, 2014
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New York will spend $1 million during the 2014-2015 fiscal year to extend a buffer zone around Fort Drum, an investment that will leverage additional federal funds to help preserve at least 2,500 acres outside the North Country installation. The state will work with the Army to establish buffer areas around the post by acquiring easements on farms to prevent development neighboring the installation that could interfere with military training …

BRAC Criteria Need to Account for Intellectual Resources, House Panel Says

  • April 17, 2014
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The Pentagon should take into account the “intellectual capabilities” of the region surrounding an installation under consideration for realignment or closure, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The committee recommends that DOD add a new factor to the final BRAC selection criteria that takes into account a region’s intellectual capabilities, especially when considering academic and technical institutions …

Air Force to Eliminate 2,700 Civilian Positions in FY’15

  • April 16, 2014
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The Air Force plans to trim its civilian workforce from 186,026 employees to 183,328 through a combination of early retirements, buyouts and attrition. The elimination of 2,698 positions comes as the Air Force searches for ways to cope with spending caps first mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act, reports the Federal Times. “Our entire workforce — military, civilian and contractor — must be appropriately sized to support and execute our piece of the National Defense Strategy while concurrently considering fiscal realities …

Lawmakers Want Better Data on Underutilized Property at Installations

  • April 16, 2014
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The House Appropriations Committee has asked the Pentagon to prepare a plan for maximizing the use of its facilities in an effort to cut costs, according to its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The panel said it was concerned that DOD is not updating its non-BRAC real property inventory database in a timely fashion, hindering the department’s ability to “maximize the utility of existing real property and to reduce taxpayer expenses …

NW Florida Officials Focus on Combating Encroachment to Protect NAS Whiting

  • April 15, 2014
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Officials in Northwest Florida believe their long-term effort to protect Naval Air Station Whiting Field from urban encroachment is their best defense against the potential for losing out in a future base closure round. Over the past 14 years, Santa Rosa County has either purchased or acquired easements on 3,500 acres adjacent to the airfield. A majority of the acreage falls within Whiting’s accident prevention zones …

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