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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Ohio Guard Wing Earns Reprieve in Defense Bill

  • December 16, 2014
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Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, Ohio, received good news in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill as the result of language allowing the Air Force to fund avionics upgrades to the Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing. The wing’s eight C -130H Hercules transport aircraft need the enhanced communications gear — called Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast-Out (ADS-B) — to continue flying outside the U.S. mainland beyond 2020, reported the Mansfield News Journal. The provision allows the Air Force to tap alternative programs and funding to modernize the C-130H fleet but doesn’t require the service to go ahead …

Military Patient Volumes Drop at Georgia Hospital

  • December 15, 2014
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A federal law requiring military personnel and their dependents to obtain medical care from military facilities has resulted in a significant drop in patient care at a hospital frequented by service members stationed at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southeastern Georgia. “We have seen a significant reduction in our volumes at the hospital, as well as physician practices,” Gary Colberg, president and CEO of the Southeast Georgia Health System, told the Brunswick News. The system’s Camden campus has lost an estimated $2 million a year as a result of the changes …

Obama Stops at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

  • December 15, 2014
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While President Obama on Monday thanked U.S. troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., for supporting the fight against both Ebola in West Africa and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, discussions about the installation and the looming threat of base closure lurked in the background. “This is one of our nation’s premier joint military bases,” Obama told thousands of service members in an aircraft hangar …

Decision on Next Round of Army Restructuring Expected by Next Summer

  • December 14, 2014
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The Army likely won’t announce until June how it will realign its forces as it eliminates up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, according to comments made at a listening session for Fort Leavenworth, Kan., last week. The Army — which already is slated to trim its active-duty forces from 562,000 to 490,000 by the end of FY 2015 — now is gathering public input at 30 installations with the potential to lose between 2,500 and 16,000 military and civilian personnel by the end of a second round of troop cuts needed to accommodate stringent budget caps. If Congress does not offer the Pentagon any relief from the spending caps, the Army’s active-duty end strength could fall to 420,000 …

Cannon AFB Adds 600-Acre Parcel Courtesy of State

  • December 14, 2014
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The state of New Mexico recently purchased 600 acres adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base and donated it to the Air Force, the community support group for the installation said last week. The transaction stems from the effort spearheaded by the Clovis Committee of 50 to save the base located in eastern New Mexico from closure during the 2005 BRAC round. The group had argued that Cannon’s key assets included a lack of encroachment and the availability of land for future growth. At the urging of local officials, then-Gov. Bill Richardson approved a $5 million grant to purchase land and water rights to benefit the installation …

State Commits $2.9M to Upgrade Innovation Center at Hanscom AFB

  • December 11, 2014
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The commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Air Force this week celebrated the re-branding of a facility at Hanscom AFB that both parties hope will foster leading-edge advances in defense applications, cyber defense, IT and public safety. The Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center, formerly known as the CEIF — Command, Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise Integration Facility — will expand its role to include industry, technical consortia, federally funded research and development centers, and academia, as well as federal, state and municipal public safety officials …

Defense Panels Request Update on Security Reviews

  • December 10, 2014
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The Defense Department will need to update the congressional defense committees on the actions it has taken following recent reviews of physical security standards at DOD facilities, under the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The reviews of security standards were conducted in response to the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in September 2013 and at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009. The report is due April 30 and should include: a summary of the recommendations that came out of the recent security standards reviews; a description of the actions taken to address each recommendation …

BRAC Tops the Alternative, McHugh Says

  • December 10, 2014
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A new round of base closures would be the least painful way for the military to cope with the spending cuts forced by the 2011 Budget Control Act, Army Secretary John McHugh said during a ceremony this week at Fort Drum honoring the 10th Mountain Division. One alternative to BRAC that would generate savings for the Army would be to continue downsizing actions at installations across the country, as was the case earlier this year when the post experienced the loss of a brigade and about 1,500 soldiers …

State Approves Projects Benefitting Corpus Christi Installations

  • December 8, 2014
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Two state agencies last week approved $4.5 million in projects intended to bolster Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot, including an effort to protect the air station’s flight training mission from encroachment. The projects are intended to increase the military value of the two installations in advance of DOD budget cuts. Mark Scott, a member of the Corpus Christi City Council and South Texas Military Facilities Task Force, said the initiative is a concrete illustration of the community’s support for the installations. “What it tells the military is that we have tangible assets in the game, that we are financially committed to their long-term presence …

Changes in Defense Bill Should Spur Community-Installation Partnerships

  • December 5, 2014
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Language in the compromise version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill should overcome military services’ concerns about taking advantage of the authority first enacted two years ago allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host communities to share support services for most municipal functions. Since section 331 was enacted as part of the FY 2013 defense authorization bill, the services had expressed concerns that the new authority conflicts with existing acquisition rules and regulations. The new language transfers section 331 from a chapter of the U.S. Code that deals with procurement to a chapter focused on real estate …

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