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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Are Military Housing Needs in Conflict with Training Lands, House Panel Asks

  • April 13, 2014
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An urgent need to expand military housing for personnel and their families at some installations potentially could force officials to convert property designated for training, the House Appropriations Committee states in its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. To alleviate the demand for additional housing at affected installations, the committee urges DOD to work with state and local governments, along with nongovernmental entities, when development is supported by the community …

Budget Cuts, Looming BRAC Round Worry Supporters of Maryland Proving Ground

  • April 13, 2014
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Advocates for Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., already anxious about the impact of recent budget cuts, are bracing for the prospect of a new base closure round. The installation gained new missions and thousands of jobs following the last BRAC round, and officials are working to ensure the proving ground is well-positioned to benefit from the next one. One selling point is the amount of land available on the post, located northeast of Baltimore, to expand …

Following Growth Spurt, Army Pacific Forces to Remain Steady

  • April 13, 2014
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After growing by 16,000 active-duty soldiers recently to an end strength of 106,000, Army forces in the Pacific are expected to be shielded from severe cuts the service is planning to carry out over the coming years to cope with statutory spending caps. “How we have forces based in the Pacific we see remaining about the same for the next several years,” Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter in Honolulu, said last week …

Task Force Reconvenes to Support Northeast Pennsylvania Depot

  • April 10, 2014
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Northeast Pennsylvania leaders have reactivated the Blue Ribbon Task Force to craft a plan to defend Tobyhanna Army Depot against budgets cuts or a looming BRAC round. The depot was spared during the previous two base closure rounds, although the workforce of DOD’s largest full-service electronics maintenance facility has shrunk by one-third over the past two years, reports the Times Leader. The depot now employs 3,500 employees. About 150 additional workers plan to leave through early retirement incentives by the end of the month …

Appropriators Highlight Deficiencies at DOD Facilities

  • April 10, 2014
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The House Appropriations Committee cited a variety of shortcomings in DOD’s military construction program, including a lack of priority placed on projects that affect safety and health, and antiquated dining facilities at several joint bases, according to its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. “The committee believes that the Department of Defense should consider more than the mission requirements and training objectives of installations when prioritizing MILCON projects …

Battle over A-10 Heats up on Capitol Hill

  • April 10, 2014
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Republican lawmakers and local officials on Thursday pledged to save the A-10 attack aircraft from an Air Force proposal to retire the fleet in the face of strict spending caps originally mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act. The challenge for the lawmakers, led by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), is finding an offset to make up for the $3.5 billion the Air Force intends to save by eliminating the aircraft that specializes in close air support, reported Defense News. “I am working this issue with my colleagues,” Ayotte told reporters …

Army Welcomes New IMCOM commander

  • April 9, 2014
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The Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) welcomed its new commander, Lt. Gen. David Halverson, on Tuesday during a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. Halverson, who also became the Army’s assistant chief of staff for installation management, previously served as deputy commanding general at Training and Doctrine Command. He takes over from Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, who led IMCOM since November 2011 …

Army Drawdown Would Require Large Cut in Brigades, Odierno Says

  • April 9, 2014
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If the full force of sequestration returns in fiscal 2016, the Army would be forced to eliminate up to 46 percent of its active-duty brigade combat teams, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Those cuts would be accompanied by a 22 percent reduction in brigade combat teams from the National Guard, Odierno told the panel. Those changes would result in the Army going from a mix of 51 percent active and 49 percent reserve component personnel, to a 46 percent active and 54 percent reserve-component split …

House Panel Warns DOD against Closure Actions outside of BRAC

  • April 9, 2014
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The Defense Department should consult with lawmakers before attempting to carry out a closure or realignment outside of a BRAC round, the House Appropriations Committee directs the Pentagon in the report language accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The request was prompted by the committee’s concern that “the Department of Defense will authorize the closure of military installations under Title 10 U.S.C. 2687, without adequate congressional consultation,” the report states …

Maryland Assembly Passes Bill Delaying Wind Project to Protect Pax River

  • April 8, 2014
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The Maryland Senate joined the House in approving legislation intended to protect Naval Air Station Patuxent River from a proposed wind farm located on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay, but the bill may not become law as it had previously been opposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). A spokeswoman for the governor told delmarvanow.com on Monday that O’Malley will review the bill, which would delay the construction of large turbines within 56 miles of the air station, before deciding whether to sign or veto it …

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