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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Compromise Version of Authorization Bill Retains Earlier BRAC Prohibitions

  • December 9, 2013
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The compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill unveiled Monday by leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees retains language barring the Pentagon from initiating a new base closure round included in earlier versions of the legislation. When the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee in June both failed to endorse the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 it was clear that any debate on Capitol Hill over the possibility of scheduling additional base closures would be put off for at least one year …

Soldiers Expected to Benefit from Loosening of Ft. Drum’s Housing Market

  • December 8, 2013
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The North Country region of New York surrounding Fort Drum, typically a very tight housing market, now has a 5 percent vacancy rate, a development that will make it easier for soldiers stationed there to find accommodations in the Watertown area. As a result, military personnel should have more options in the community, and landlords will be forced to compete with newer properties, said James Wright, executive director of the Development Authority of the North Country. “That dynamic has now changed, and it will change the interaction within the community …

DOD Issues Rule for Reviewing Projects Posing Potential Risk to Military Operations

  • December 8, 2013
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The Pentagon issued a final rule last week outlining the evaluation process for determining whether proposed energy projects, such as wind farms, could interfere with military testing or training activities. Lawmakers included a provision in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, section 358, calling for DOD to outline procedures to ensure commercial renewable energy projects do not pose a risk to national security. The rule applies to applications referred to DOD from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for projects that could affect navigable airspace …

Closer Community-Military Ties Can Help Reduce Infrastructure Costs, Forum Concludes

  • December 5, 2013
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With increasing pressure to slash spending, and the prospect of a new base closure round uncertain, the military needs to find new ways to shave its installation expenditures. At the ADC Defense Policy Forum, BRAC/Alternatives to BRAC, held Nov. 12, key thought leaders from DOD, Congress, communities and the private sector proposed a variety of ideas for reducing the department’s excess infrastructure and facility costs, including reinventing the BRAC process, increasing reliance on communities to provide on-base services, redefining the installation of the future and partnering more closely with host communities to support economic development …

Air Force Selects Utah, Vermont Bases to Host F-35 Units

  • December 4, 2013
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The Air Force selected Hill AFB, Utah, as its first operational base for the F-35A fighter jet, with Burlington International Airport, Vt., named as the first Air National Guard location for the fifth-generation aircraft. Tuesday’s announcement was not a surprise as officials had designated the two facilities as the service’s preferred alternatives previously. Hill will receive 72 F-35As starting in 2015 …

Installations Need to Consider Consequences of Climate Change

  • December 3, 2013
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Climate change is expected to affect military missions in multiple ways as it influences DOD’s operating environment, shapes geopolitical dynamics across the globe, and accelerates instability or conflict. It also will force the Pentagon to plan for significant impacts to its installations from rising sea levels, storm surges and storm intensity, as well as drought and thawing permafrost. “There’s a lot of stuff out there that is all going to be impacted by changes in the climate,” said John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment …

Veterans Push Back at Talk of Closing Commissaries

  • December 2, 2013
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Veterans and active duty service members at Fort Bragg and the neighboring community of Fayetteville, N.C., say commissaries provide a valuable benefit and would be greatly missed, a possibility raised by the recent news that top Pentagon officials have asked the Defense Commissary Agency to create a plan to close all stateside commissaries. Mark Erskine, commander of American Legion Post 230 and an Army veteran on 100 percent disability, cannot imagine losing the stores where he buys his food and basic household supplies …

RAND Study Examines Benefits of Divesting DOD Schools

  • December 2, 2013
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The RAND Corp. is looking at the costs and benefits of operating DOD schools for military dependents in the continental United States, the latest study to focus on a potential divestiture that could help the military stretch its shrinking budget dollars. The study, which is costing the Pentagon $905,000, will review 60 schools at 15 installations that enroll about 23,000 schoolchildren, reported Stars and Stripes. The review will compare the performance of DOD schools with nearby public schools. It will not look at overseas schools operated by the DOD Education Activity …

Ancillary Support Programs to Be Eliminated at Air Force Facilities, Welsh Says

  • December 2, 2013
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Nonessential support services that contribute to the quality-of-life for airmen and their families but do not support the Air Force’s primary mission can be expected to succumb to the budget knife, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said last week. Welsh cited several examples of facilities that would be cut, including golf courses, bowling alleys, auto hobby shops and others that are not self-supporting. “These things have made our way of life a lot of fun for families and military members, but we cannot afford them anymore …

DOD Awards $13.2M Grant to Community to Replace School at Dugway Proving Ground

  • November 26, 2013
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The Tooele County School District, Utah, will receive $13.2 million from DOD to demolish and replace a high school at Dugway Proving Ground, the department announced last week. The school district is providing matching funds of $2.7 million for the project, which will serve 120 students in grades seven through 12. The school district, which leases land from the Army for the school, will own and operate the new high school …

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