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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Military Boosters in Colorado Springs Question Wisdom of Allowing Sale of Pot

  • June 16, 2013
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Following last November’s approval by Colorado voters to legalize recreational possession of marijuana, the city council of Colorado Springs is weighing the concerns of the area’s military leaders as it considers allowing retail sales of the drug. Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera, commander of Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division, has told local officials that the sale of recreational pot raises serious concerns for the Army, reports the Gazette. “I told the [Colorado Springs] mayor, it goes against good order and discipline …

Senate Action on Policy Bill Likely Closes Window on BRAC this Year

  • June 16, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee’s vote Thursday to approve a defense authorization bill that rejected the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 likely spells the end of the debate this year on Capitol Hill over the possibility of scheduling additional base closures. While the measure still needs to be debated on the Senate floor, even in the unlikely event an amendment authorizing a new round were to pass at that stage, without support from the Senate Armed Services Committee leadership, such a provision would have virtually no chance of surviving a House-Senate conference …

Next BRAC Round May Not Be around the Corner

  • June 16, 2013
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The panelists assembled Friday for the Defense Policy Town Hall at the Defense Communities National Summit all agreed that DOD urgently needs to close excess bases and facilities as part of an effort to reform its spending, but were less certain as to when Congress would go along with the suggestion. “I wouldn’t say there is an air of inevitability,” said Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute …

BRAC Voted Down during Debate in Senate Committee

  • June 14, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved language blocking the Pentagon from launching a BRAC round, before completing consideration of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The amendment reportedly would lift the ban after DOD finishes an assessment of excess infrastructure at its overseas bases, according to the Hill. Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) described the amendment at a news conference after his panel approved the bill by a 23-3 vote …

Local District Awarded $91M to Build Three Schools at JB Lewis-McChord

  • June 14, 2013
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The Clover Park School District of Lakewood, Wash., will receive three grants totaling $90.8 million from DOD to demolish and replace three elementary schools on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the department announced last week. Project funding to replace the three schools, which will serve a combined 1,550 students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth, also includes a non-federal share of $23.1 million …

Pain of Sequestration to Linger, Installation Officials Say

  • June 13, 2013
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Installation funding is bearing the brunt of the impact from the automatic spending cuts triggered under sequestration in fiscal 2013, forcing the services to skimp on facilities sustainment and slash base operating support budgets, according to the military’s top installation officials. The three services have been deferring virtually all non-emergency maintenance — funded under the sustainment, restoration and modernization account — at their installations. Base operating support has been cut drastically as well, with the Navy slicing that account by more than 50 percent …

Army Realignment Decision Coming Shortly, Hammack Says

  • June 13, 2013
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The Army will announce by the end of the month what installations will be affected by its plan to trim its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said during the assistant secretaries roundtable at the Defense Communities National Summit. The Army plans to rebalance its force structure by inactivating a minimum of eight brigade combat teams — including two from Europe. Affected installations would lose one BCT, along with thousands of additional soldiers and civilians. Installations without a BCT could lose thousands of personnel as well …

Installation Commanders to Consider Shared Services Agreements in Army Communities

  • June 13, 2013
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Army officials next week will jump start an effort by installation commanders to reach out to their host communities to identify potential opportunities to share municipal services and other base support functions, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said Thursday at the Defense Communities National Summit. The initiative is intended to take advantage of a new authority, enacted in January as part of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, allowing an installation to enter into an intergovernmental support agreement with a local government to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions …

BRAC May Be Better than the Alternatives, Conger Tells Summit

  • June 12, 2013
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The initial reaction most lawmakers — and their constituents who live in defense communities — have when confronted with the question as to whether a new BRAC round is in their best interest is that the voters they represent would be better off without one. But that’s the wrong question to ask, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and energy, told the audience at the Defense Communities National Summit on Wednesday. The question lawmakers should be considering, Conger said, is what are the alternatives for DOD in the absence of congressional authorization to conduct additional base closures …

Streamlining Infrastructure Would Benefit Defense Communities, ADC President Says

  • June 12, 2013
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With deep spending cuts becoming the new norm for the Pentagon, the long-term consequences are starting to become apparent to defense communities. Base operating support is taking a disproportionate hit — a burden that is expected to continue for the next decade — jeopardizing the long-term sustainability of installations, the readiness of missions and support for military families …

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