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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Senate Panel Reiterates Opposition to BRAC Request

  • April 2, 2014
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The top two lawmakers on Senate Armed Services’ readiness subcommittee on Wednesday pushed back against the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC in 2017, repeating past criticism about the cost of the last round while questioning DOD’s contention that is has significant excess capacity. Subcommittee Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and ranking member Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) both opposed the department’s request last year for a new round and their stance seems to have changed very little since then …

New York Adds $2M to FY 2014-15 Budget for Base Retention

  • April 1, 2014
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New York added $2 million to its 2014-2015 budget for base retention, a fund that primarily will benefit Fort Drum as the Pentagon pushes to hold a new round of base closures in 2017. “It’s a very good showing from the state, that they’re aware of the significance of the events that are starting to unfold, and the fact they have to put a lot of effort into preserving what we have,” said Carl McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization …

Alabama Congressman Wonders if BRAC Would Benefit Huntsville in Future

  • April 1, 2014
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Redstone Arsenal and the surrounding region of Huntsville, Ala., was one of the big winners in the 2005 round of BRAC, but Rep. Mo Brooks (R) warned a local audience that the area might not be so fortunate next time. “There are a lot of folks who would love to be able to take that job that’s at Redstone Arsenal and move it and they see BRAC as a way to do that,” Brooks told attendees Monday at a Washington update hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce …

Davis-Monthan AFB Welcomes Residents to Attend College Classes

  • March 31, 2014
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Tucson-area residents can take classes at Pima Community College’s facility located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The college’s education center at Davis-Monthan is associated with the Community College of the Air Force and is designed to meet the needs of enlisted military personnel. The center offers all general education courses required for an associate degree, from writing to computer classes, reports the Aztec Press. The school relies on civilian students to cover its costs, though. To gain access to the base, students must be U.S. citizens with either a passport or a birth certificate.

Belt-Tightening Initiative Enlists Airmen to Clean Buildings at Scott AFB

  • March 31, 2014
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Airmen at Scott Air Force Base will be assigned new custodial and grounds-keeping duties starting Tuesday as part of a cost-cutting move intended to save $1 million. Personnel will be assigned more responsibility for sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and grass-cutting at the majority of buildings on the installation located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Air Mobility Command, however, will retain its custodial contracts at buildings categorized as “prestige” level …

Ohio Base Considers Converting Trash to Alternative Fuel

  • March 30, 2014
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the University of Dayton Research Institute are discussing a partnership that would allow the Dayton, Ohio, installation to turns its trash into alternative fuel that could power its heating plant and vehicle fleet. “We’d recycle all of our trash, to convert to alternative fuel,” Col. Cassie Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, told the Dayton Business Journal. Base vehicles now run on E85, an ethanol fuel blend. Wright-Patterson could save money by reducing its requirement for disposing of its garbage. The installation may also be able to take advantage of the institute’s research into creating biofuel from algae, but that effort is only in the early stages so far.

Air Force Plan to Retire A-10s Poses Dilemma for Lawmakers

  • March 30, 2014
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House lawmakers expressed frustration over the Air Force’s plan to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft, as witnesses testified during multiple hearings last week that the aircraft’s value to the force could not overcome the overwhelming need to trim the service’s budget. “If you look at risks, capabilities and operational needs, the A-10 should not be retired,” Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, told the Hill. Yet, Turner said he did not know whether the committee could find offsetting cuts in the fiscal 2015 budget to save the fleet of 283 A-10 Warthogs …

Lt. Governor Tours Reserve Bases across Pennsylvania

  • March 27, 2014
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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley visited several military installations in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, including the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, as part of a statewide tour by the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission. Cawley chairs the panel, which Gov. Tom Corbett (R) established in 2012 to promote the state’s military facilities and track federal actions affecting them …

Airport to Invest in Project to Preserve West Virginia Air Guard Base

  • March 27, 2014
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Local airport officials in Kanawha County, W.Va., agreed this week to invest $1.5 million over 10 years to help construct a bridge intended to secure the future of the Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing. The vote by the Yeager Airport’s board represents the last county entity needed to approve funding for the project, reported the Charleston Gazette. Last year, Kanawha County agreed to fund one-third of the bridge’s $6.2 million construction cost. The state also is contributing to the project …

‘Empty Facilities Tax’ Costing Army $500M Annually, McHugh Says

  • March 27, 2014
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The Army is spending an estimated $500 million a year to maintain buildings it no longer needs, a cost that will rise in the absence of a BRAC round as the service continues to draw down its forces, Secretary John McHugh told lawmakers Thursday. McHugh referred to the funds spent on unneeded facilities as an “empty facilities tax” as he testified before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He pointed to that half-billion-dollar-a-year tax as one reason why Congress should approve the Pentagon’s request to hold a round of base closures in 2017 …

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