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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Ft. Eustis Faces Uncertainty over Army Downsizing

  • July 10, 2014
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Fort Eustis is losing only 333 personnel following the Army’s decision last year for restructuring its forces as its eliminates 10 brigade combat teams, but now officials are considering trimming as many as 4,200 soldiers and civilians from the southeastern Virginia post. While the Army’s latest effort to reduce its end strength by an additional 70,000 troops to a size of 420,000 personnel is worrisome, local officials aren’t panicking. “The impact is not as severe as it looks at first blush,” said Craig Quigley, executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance …

DLA Outsourcing Plan Could Cost Pennsylvania Depot Hundreds of Jobs

  • July 10, 2014
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A federal employees union says a plan being considered by the Defense Logistics Agency to outsource the stocking of parts for military equipment could jeopardize up to 600 federal jobs, including 450 at a depot outside of Harrisburg, Pa. DLA Distribution Susquehanna would lose an estimated 450 workers if the agency goes ahead with a proposal to rely on the private sector to store military parts, a function which accounts for 30 percent of the depot’s work, Tim Schaming, vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told the Sentinel. Schaming said the plan would cost DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., about 150 jobs …

Amid Army Downsizing, Population at Maryland Post Continues to Rise

  • July 9, 2014
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While his fellow garrison commanders across the Army are planning for the number of uniformed and civilian personnel at their installations to follow a downward trajectory, Col. Brian Foley is managing a post that is slated to grow by 4,000 service members in the next several years. The influx at Fort Meade, located between Washington and Baltimore, primarily is being fueled by growth in information, intelligence and cyber defense work, with the National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency and U.S. Cyber Command leading the way …

Air Force to Impose Limits on F-35 Training Flights at Eglin

  • July 9, 2014
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Air Force officials have decided to impose operational limitations on F-35 training flights at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida Panhandle to reduce noise over the city of Valparaiso, according to a record of decision published Wednesday. Officials selected the “no action alternative” for the basing of up to 59 F-35s at the Eglin joint training site, which represented the environmentally preferred alternative. “The Air Force listened to the community’s concerns and worked hard to find a solution that meets mission requirements and also reduces noise impacts,” said Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment, and energy …

Ft. Jackson Poised to Thrive as Army Restructures, Commander Says

  • July 9, 2014
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Despite being targeted for the elimination of up to 3,100 soldiers and civilians in the Army’s next round of personnel cuts, Fort Jackson, S.C., could be one of the posts that benefits as others suffer large losses. “We have the capacity to expand,” Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker told the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Fort Jackson, part of the Columbia metropolitan area, houses nine battalions of soldiers in training, and recently built barracks for two more battalions …

Air Force Holds Groundbreaking for KC-46A Facilities

  • July 8, 2014
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Top Air Force officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking June 30 at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., for facilities needed to support the service’s new tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus. McConnell will be the first active duty-led main operating base for the new KC-46A, which is expected to arrive beginning in 2016. The tanker will have a larger refueling capacity, improved efficiency and increased capabilities for cargo and aeromedical evacuation compared to the aircraft it is replacing …

Residents Fret about Noise Impacts from Possible New Missions at Davis-Monthan AFB

  • July 8, 2014
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Residents in neighborhoods close to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are becoming increasingly concerned about what aircraft could be based at the Tucson, Ariz., installation in the future when its three squadrons of A-10 attack jets are replaced. The base’s neighbors are resigned to the noise levels generated by the A-10, but many oppose other possible missions, including F-16 and F-35 fighters, due to those louder noise profiles of those aircraft, reported the Arizona Daily Star. Last year, 19 neighborhood associations signed a letter opposing any plan to house F-35s at the installation …

Army Considers New Strategy for Preserving Industrial Base

  • July 8, 2014
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Amid a climate of declining budgets for weapons spending, officials at Army Materiel Command (AMC) are conducting a comprehensive assessment of the service’s industrial base to assure its long-term viability. Last week, AMC Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion and a team of logistics experts visited Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y., as part of a year-long initiative to visit the nation’s depots and arsenals to learn about the challenges facing them and craft a new strategy to take advantage of their unique capabilities …

Pentagon Prepared to House Additional Border-Crossing Minors

  • July 8, 2014
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DOD officials are discussing the possibility of housing additional unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday. “I wouldn’t put an exact number on it, because that’s still in discussion,” Kirby told reporters. Three installations already are housing unaccompanied children who are part of an influx of thousands of migrants from Central America — Fort Sill, Okla.; Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas; and Naval Base Ventura, Port Hueneme, Calif. …

Burlington Residents Sue Air Force over New F-35 Guard Unit

  • July 7, 2014
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A local group opposed to a decision to base 18 new F-35 fighter jets at Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt., filed a lawsuit last week against Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to stop the move. The suit — filed in federal court by the Stop the F-35 Coalition — contends the aircraft will generate noise in excess of 65 decibels averaged over a day-night basis …

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