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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Growth in Cyber Missions at Fort Meade Spurs Construction Boom outside Gates

  • October 15, 2013
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Rapid growth at Fort Meade, located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Md., has transformed its surrounding community with an influx of new employees and high-paying jobs. As the longtime home of the National Security Agency, Fort Meade is the center of electronic intelligence and cyber operations for the nation. Growth around the post was spurred by the creation of U.S. Cyber Command in 2010 and relocation of the Defense Information Systems Agency in 2011 …

Virginia Suffers Most Severely from Shutdown

  • October 15, 2013
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Virginia, with a robust military presence in Hampton Roads and a strong reliance on federal contracting, came in first in a ranking of states based on the potential impact of the partial government shutdown. The ranking took into account factors such as federal employees per capita and federal contracting dollars per capita, measures in which Virginia ranked second. The next most-affected states after Virginia are Alaska, Alabama, the District of Columbia and Maine …

Guard’s Military Technicians Earned Reprieve from Shutdown Furloughs

  • October 14, 2013
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Nearly all of the 40,000 dual-status military technicians employed by the National Guard returned to work last week after initially being furloughed, but the Guard and Reserves still are affected by the partial government shutdown. Monthly drills, unless they are needed to prepare for an overseas deployment, and the paychecks they earn have been cancelled, affecting nearly 400,000 Guard members, said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, vice chief of the National Guard Bureau …

95 Percent of Furloughed Civilians Back at Work, Hale Says

  • October 10, 2013
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More than 95 percent of DOD civilians placed on emergency furlough last week when the government shut down are back to work as a result of the Pay Our Military Act, which allows the department to pay civilian employees who support the armed forces, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Thursday. About 40,000 workers remain on furlough, with 35,000 of those employees of the Army Corps of Engineers. About 7,000 furloughed employees work on public affairs or legislative affairs …

Defense Community ‘Shaken and Fractured’ by Shutdown, Tampa Bay Alliance States

  • October 9, 2013
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The partial government shutdown has delayed or terminated an estimated $9 million in government contracts to Tampa Bay-area businesses and inflicted further financial stress on civilians employed at MacDill Air Force Base, according to the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance. “The compounding impacts of these budget crises here in Tampa Bay are cataclysmic,” Defense Alliance President John Schueler wrote in an Oct. 6 letter to the region’s congressional delegation. “Closures, curtailments and suspension of services all burden and demoralize the people we depend upon to serve and protect us, we should not underestimate the human toll …

Are Your Community and Base Ready to Partner through a Shared Services Agreement?

  • October 8, 2013
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Efforts by DOD and defense communities to take advantage of a new authority allowing installations and their host communities to share base support services through intergovernmental support agreements have stepped up considerably since the law was enacted in January. The Air Force began moving ahead earlier this year at 15 locations to identify partnering opportunities, while the Army’s initiative to determine if its posts can benefit from the legislation ramped up this summer. Both services see the potential for reducing their installation support costs as a way to mitigate the impact of declining budgets …

Oklahoma Planning Commission Extends Mission Capabilities of State’s Installations

  • October 7, 2013
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After the planning efforts of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission helped the state’s five installations weather the 2005 round of base closure, the group has continued to strengthen the bases’ position in anticipation of future BRAC rounds. Oklahoma is one of the few states that haven’t suffered a closure during the five BRAC rounds. Joe Leverett, the commission’s representative for Altus, home of Altus Air Force Base, attributes that record at least partially to community support …

Civilian Workers Stream Back to Work

  • October 7, 2013
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Hundreds of thousands of DOD civilians returned to work Monday after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the end of emergency furloughs imposed when the government shut down last Tuesday. The recall should allow 90 percent or more of furloughed workers to return to work, according to Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale. Hale told reporters at a press briefing over the weekend he didn’t know exactly what portion of the furloughed civilian workforce would come to work early this week …

Nevada Governor Creates Panel to Keep BRAC at Bay

  • October 6, 2013
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) recently issued an executive order creating a council to preserve the state’s military missions and infrastructure in a looming base closure round. Sandoval said there are active, guard and reserve bases in Nevada and “we must use our every effort to protect and expand those assets.” The goal of the council is to craft recommendations that will help the state retain and build its existing military installations. The co-chairs of the panel will be the state’s veteran services director and adjutant general, according to the executive order. Nevada is home to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nellis Air Force Base, Creech AFB and Hawthorne Army Depot.

Defense Communities Suffer Disproportionate Hit from Sequestration

  • October 6, 2013
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Sequestration is falling most heavily on counties with a military installation, according to a new analysis prepared by the Financial Times and the Center for Public Integrity. The per capita impact of automatic budget cuts on the 388 counties with at least one military installation was $312 in fiscal 2013, compared to a $171 per capita impact in the 2,727 counties without an installation …

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