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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

‘Rock & Role’ Branding Campaign Raises Profile of Arkansas Air Base

  • December 16, 2013
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A marketing initiative launched by the local support organization for Little Rock Air Force Base seems to be achieving its goal as awareness of the installation’s importance to Arkansas has been growing across the state. The Little Rock AFB Community Council developed the campaign last year to raise the installation’s profile as well as to build statewide support for “The Rock,” as the base which provides C-130 airlift capabilities for the military is known …

Defense Bill Drops Language Requiring Consideration of Community Support before Realigning Bases

  • December 16, 2013
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Language requiring the Pentagon to consider the monetary value of services provided to an installation by its host community before making realignment or closure decisions was stripped from the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill passed last week by the House. The amendment would have required the secretary of defense to account for “the value of services, such as schools, libraries, and utilities, as well as land, structures, and access to infrastructure, such as airports and seaports, that are provided by the local community to the military installation and that result in cost savings for the Armed Forces” when considering realignment decisions outside of the BRAC process …

Arsenal, Neighbors Conduct Joint Training Exercise for First Responders

  • December 16, 2013
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Historic Watervliet Arsenal in upstate New York hosted a four-day hazardous material training exercise in late November involving more than 160 participants from a four-county area as part of an ongoing effort to incorporate local first responders into the Army facility’s emergency response plan. “We know that we would need support from outside of the arsenal to respond to a major incident,” said Arsenal Fire Chief John Whipple …

Senate Caucus Highlights Veterans Issues, Community Partnering for Congressional Staff

  • December 15, 2013
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Lawmakers, DOD officials and local leaders addressed some of the most pressing issues for active-base communities at the first-ever Senate Defense Communities Caucus-hosted briefing last week, including military-community partnering, economic development and veterans’ quality of life. “Communities being responsive and welcoming to transitioning veterans, and thinking outside of the box to find solutions when working with the military are important in this time of tighter budgets,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) …

Long-Term Need to Trim Force Structure Remains despite Sequester Relief, Air Force Says

  • December 15, 2013
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The bipartisan budget deal reached last week will help the Air Force mitigate urgent readiness problems, but long-term budget constraints still will force officials to reduce the size of the service’s forces, the Air Force’s top two officials said Friday. “Even with this relief, we will need to re-size the Air Force to one that is smaller than it is today in order to protect investments we need for the future, and to shape an Air Force that we can keep ready,” acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing …

Opponents of Basing F-35s at Vermont Guard Station Vow to Stop Plan

  • December 13, 2013
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Opponents of the Air Force’s plan to base 18 F-35A fighter jets at Burlington Air Guard Station say they will continue their campaign to prevent the fifth-generation aircraft from coming to South Burlington, Vt. One local group which fought against the selection of Burlington as the first Air National Guard base to host the F-35 said it will try to win over public opinion and shortly will file a federal lawsuit to stop the plan from going ahead …

Air Force Rules out Civilian Furloughs This Year

  • December 11, 2013
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The Air Force will trim its civilian workforce by 900 positions this year to cope with fiscal 2014 budget constraints, rather than imposing furloughs as it did last year, officials announced Wednesday. Officials have not yet determined how the reductions will affect individual locations, according to a press release. To reduce the number involuntary separations, the service plans to offer incentives to encourage affected employees to retire or leave the Air Force …

Ft. Polk Support Group to Push Performance of Local Schools

  • December 11, 2013
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The community organization supporting Fort Polk, La., is launching an initiative to promote the achievement of the local school district serving children of the soldiers and civilian personnel at the post. “Fort Polk Progress intends to work in cooperation with the Vernon Parish School Board to inform our military partners on the achievements of the school district, plans for continued excellence and the pursuit of implementation funds,” Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress, told the school board on Tuesday …

GAO to Look at Potential for Military Bases to Host Other Agencies, under Defense Bill

  • December 11, 2013
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The House and Senate Armed Services committees are interested in whether relocating non-defense agencies to military installations would save the federal government money and enhance security, according to language in the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill released earlier this week. The bill would require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a feasibility study …

Talk of Plan to Close Commissaries Prompts Anxiety from Military Families, Retirees

  • December 11, 2013
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Military families and retirees who rely on the commissaries at Keesler Air Force Base and the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Mississippi to buy groceries expressed consternation over the news that that the Pentagon might consider closing stateside commissaries. “We have heard lots of things bantered about and believe the system is working the way it is and don’t understand why time and time again the system seems to be under attack,” Candace Wheeler, spokesperson for the Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits …

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