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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Arizona Governor Highlights Need to Protect Luke AFB from Encroachment

  • January 20, 2014
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In two speeches last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said she would urge the state legislature to provide funding for the purchase of buffers around the state’s military installations needed to protect them from urban encroachment. “This year, I am calling on the legislature to renew support for the Military Installation Fund,” Brewer said. “That money will be used specifically to mitigate property encroachment and preserve military land use projects — without throwing that financial burden on private property owners …

Pentagon, Developer Strike Deal to Mitigate Impacts of Wind Farm

  • January 15, 2014
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Construction of a wind farm in eastern North Carolina will be able to go ahead after DOD and the developer reached an agreement to mitigate impacts to military flight training conducted from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, officials announced this week. Under the agreement, wind turbines will be placed no closer than four nautical miles from the centerline of a major training route in eastern North Carolina used by Seymour Johnson F-15Es and Navy and Marine Corps aircraft for low-level flight training and access to the Dare County Bombing Range …

Installation-Community Partnership Addresses Traffic Woes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

  • January 15, 2014
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Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and its host communities have joined together to relieve traffic congestion along the Interstate 5 corridor, the principal artery between Tacoma and Olympia, Wash., that runs through the installation. The nine-mile stretch of I-5 that runs through JBLM narrows from four to three lanes as it enters and leaves the base, creating gridlock as military personnel and civilian workers come and go each day. JBLM officials joined with local planning organizations, members of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership, and consultants from SCJ Alliance to tackle the region’s traffic problems, according to a presentation Tuesday at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington …

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Offers Plan to Protect State’s Military Bases

  • January 14, 2014
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A Republican candidate for Texas governor is calling for a three-step plan to help the state prepare for the next round of base closures. “In 2012 the total annual economic output of Texas’ 15 military installations was almost $150 billion. Most of Texas’ military installations are located in rural or low-population areas. The economic impact the military has on these communities is extraordinary,” said Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general. The three actions Abbott outlined include: establishing the Texas Military Preparedness Commission within the governor’s office …

State-Community Effort to Strengthen Military Presence in Missouri

  • January 14, 2014
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State agencies will coordinate their efforts and collaborate with defense communities and other stakeholders, under a new initiative announced by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to retain and enhance the state’s military bases, the missions assigned to them and federal defense spending. “Recognizing the crucial importance of military facilities to the future of Missouri, we will continue to work with local community leaders, businesses and our active and retired military families to retain and enhance the military footprint in the Show-Me State,” Nixon said Friday in a written statement. The governor appointed Treasurer Clint Zweifel to lead the Missouri Military Partnership, which will include gathering input from local communities …

Construction Ramps up at Hill, Luke, Nellis AFBs to Prepare for F-35′s Arrival

  • January 12, 2014
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The Air Force shortly will begin work on several construction projects at Hill Air Force Base to ready the installation for the arrival of new F-35 Lighting II fighter jets, while beddown efforts at Luke and Nellis AFBs for the new aircraft already are under way. Three projects have been awarded at Hill AFB, Utah, which last month was designated the home of the service’s first operational F-35s. The work, expected to begin this month …

Reserve Components to Play Larger Role in Air Force, James Testifies

  • January 12, 2014
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The Air Force will rely more heavily on the Air National Guard and Reserve components, Secretary Deborah Lee James told members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force last week. The shift, intended to preserve more capabilities as the service seeks to trim its end strength, will be reflected in the fiscal 2015 budget request, said James, who was sworn in Dec. 20 as the Air Force’s 23rd secretary. The service is slated to eliminate up to 25,000 personnel over the next five years, along with other cost-saving measures …

Tyndall AFB Takes on F-22 Combat Mission

  • January 9, 2014
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Tyndall Air Force Base received five F-22 Raptors this week as the installation expands its current role as the home of F-22 pilot training to include combat. Tyndall, located on the Florida Panhandle, is scheduled to receive 24 of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft from Holloman AFB, N.M. In total, more than 50 F-22s will call Tyndall home, making it the largest single-base contingent of the advanced aircraft …

Commission May Recommend Relaxing Barriers between Air Force Components

  • January 9, 2014
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In addition to the Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget request, another indicator early this year of possible changes in military force structure will be the final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. The commission, charged with reviewing the appropriate balance between the Air Force’s regular and reserve components, has held numerous hearings and listened to suggestions such as combining the National Guard and Reserve, and moving much of the service’s infrastructure to the reserve component …

North Carolina Needs to Diversify Economies of Defense Communities, Official Says

  • January 8, 2014
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In anticipation of the significant changes coming to military installations in eastern North Carolina, state officials are considering investing in industries that won’t be affected by the defense drawdown. “We are trying to diversify the economy of eastern North Carolina and the whole state. We want to surround our military installations with business that will last as our situation ebbs and flows,” said Sharon Decker, the state’s secretary of commerce …

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