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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Defense Communities Soar in FAA Competition for UAS Test Sites

  • January 2, 2014
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Multiple defense communities will benefit from the Federal Aviation Administration’s selection of six winning proposals to develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites, with one active-base community and one BRAC site hosting research locations, and numerous military installations expected to participate in the effort to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace. State and local officials from across the country anxiously awaited Monday’s announcement as winning hosts of test sites are expected to bolster their economies through the growth of companies and university programs involved in UAS research and manufacturing …

Decision to Place Army Cyber Command at Ft. Gordon is Augusta’s Gain

  • December 22, 2013
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Last week’s announcement that the Army will consolidate its Cyber Command at Fort Gordon is expected to be a huge boon for Augusta, with the new headquarters bringing an estimated 1,500 military, civilian and contractor personnel to East Georgia. “It’s obviously huge for Augusta; to say we’re thrilled is an understatement,” said Walter Sprouse Jr., executive director of the city’s economic development authority …

Army Command, Virginia Commonwealth U. Create Joint Degree Program

  • December 19, 2013
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The Army Logistics University and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are partnering to create a new graduate degree program in supply chain management beginning in fall 2014. The 12-month joint program will be part of the VCU School of Business and will teach students how to manage the complexities of global supply chains by using applied research programs, analyzing real-world problems, and working with local firms and government agencies …

OEA Awards Grants to Texas, Wisconsin Communities to Address Downsizing

  • December 19, 2013
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The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is awarding community economic adjustment grants totaling $1.3 million to local officials in East Central Wisconsin and Northeast Texas following the loss of more than 1,000 positions at each location, the Defense Department announced Thursday. The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission will receive $837,315 to support the region’s response to the loss of 1,200 positions at Oshkosh Corp.’s Defense Division …

Changing Fortunes at Ohio Guard Base Reflect Dispute among Air Force Components

  • December 18, 2013
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A story in Tuesday’s Washington Post chronicling the evolving mission of the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard points to the larger question of how the Air Force will allocate looming force structure cuts among its active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve components. Of course, others will have a say as well, including the Pentagon and Congress. One key milestone is the February deadline for the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, mandated by Congress, to weigh in on the relative roles of the three components …

Armed Services Committees Call for Joint Basing Study

  • December 18, 2013
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The Defense Department would be required to assess whether the joint basing initiative has producing any savings and whether the potential exists for additional savings, under a provision in the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill scheduled to be voted on today by the Senate. The joint basing initiative, a BRAC 2005 recommendation, merged installation support functions at two, and sometimes three, bases — often located contiguously — at 12 locations around the nation. However, lawmakers have been concerned that the initiative has not generated the savings initially projected …

New Estimate Needed for Infrastructure Needs on Guam, GAO Finds

  • December 17, 2013
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Despite scaling down the scope of the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, the Defense Department has not reexamined its estimate of the island’s public infrastructure needs, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). That revalidation is not expected to be completed until 2015. Under the current realignment plan, which was revised in April 2012, up to 5,000 Marines will relocate to Guam beginning in the mid-2020s …

‘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 …

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