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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Omaha Shines Brightly in Ranking of Military Friendly Cities

  • June 5, 2013
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Omaha, Neb., came in fourth among 381 metropolitan areas ranked according to their military friendly attributes. The city trailed only San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Houston, according to the list published by MilitaryFriendly.com and G.I. Jobs magazine …

Compromise BRAC Language Voted Down in Committee

  • June 5, 2013
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In a vote that triggered an animated discussion, the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday rejected an amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would have allowed the Pentagon to begin planning for a new round of base closures without scheduling a new BRAC process, however. The provision would have reversed language in the annual policy bill barring the department from planning for an additional BRAC round, but at the same time, it would have prohibited DOD from launching a new round in 2014 or 2015 …

Air Force Loses Installations Veteran Robert Moore

  • June 4, 2013
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Robert Moore, director of the Installations Directorate at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center in San Antonio, passed away June 3 at his home, the agency reported. Moore served as the director of the Air Force Real Property Agency from 2008 until Oct. 1, 2012, when it merged into AFCEC. He spent more than half of his 30-year career at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, which later became Air Combat Command, at Langley AFB, Va., before performing Air Force-level civil engineering work at the Pentagon from 2000-2008 …

House Adds BRAC Prohibition to Milcon Spending Bill

  • June 4, 2013
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The House approved language barring the Pentagon from proposing, planning for or carrying out a new base closure round during its debate Tuesday over the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), parallels language in the House version of the FY 2014 defense authorization bill. The ban is needed to ensure “the limited resources we have are used to address current mission and readiness needs …

House Armed Services Releases Chairman’s Mark for Authorization Bill

  • June 3, 2013
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As expected, the chairman’s mark for the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill bars DOD from proposing, planning or initiating a new round of BRAC, echoing the prohibition in the portion of the annual policy bill marked up by the House Armed Services’ Readiness subcommittee last month. The bill rejects the department’s other belt-tightening measures as well, including new healthcare fees and the smaller military pay raise included in the administration’s budget request …

Think Tanks Implore Policymakers to Approve BRAC, Other Budget Reforms

  • June 3, 2013
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Launching a new base closure round would be a critical first step in helping the Pentagon address the spending pressures threatening the long-term viability of the nation’s security, according to a letter published Monday by a group of 10 think tanks spanning the ideological spectrum. “It is our shared belief that the Department of Defense urgently needs to close excess bases and facilities, reexamine the size and structure of the DOD civilian workforce, and reform military compensation,” stated the letter signed by 25 analysts from organizations including the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center and the Brookings Institution …

Budget Cuts Trim Grass Cutting at Hampton Roads Navy Bases

  • June 2, 2013
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In response to sequestration, the Navy has decided to let the grass grow longer at its installations in southeastern Virginia. The contractor responsible for lawn care at Hampton Roads Navy bases has been instructed to let the grass grow to a foot before mowing, reported the Virginian-Pilot. The policy is expected to save about $1.9 million through the end of September. In one case, Marines stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana mowed a section themselves, but the base commander has said he doesn’t want to see uniformed personnel maintaining the lawn. Maybe they could just borrow the Naval Academy’s mascot, Bill the Goat.

Colorado Springs Officials Make Bid for More Growth at Ft. Carson

  • June 2, 2013
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Just at it arrives at the point at which it has finished accommodating a wave of growth at Fort Carson over the past decade, the Pikes Peak region of Colorado is facing the potential for more growth or downsizing as a result of the Army’s plan to trim its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers by 2020. The post could lose a brigade combat team and up to 8,000 soldiers under one scenario under consideration, or it could gain up to 3,000 personnel under an alternative scenario …

In Wake of KC-46A Basing Decision, Spokane Leaders Focus on Next BRAC

  • June 2, 2013
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The enormous disappointment over last month’s decision by the Air Force not to select Fairchild Air Force Base as the main operating base for its next generation refueling tanker has prompted officials in Eastern Washington to shift their focus to the possibility of a new BRAC round. But one issue leaders believed would put the Spokane-area installation at a disadvantage did not factor into the Air Force’s basing decision for the KC-46A — the Spokane Tribe’s plan to build a casino and resort under the path of training flights from Fairchild …

Ten States Account for Majority of Civilian Furloughs

  • May 30, 2013
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Ten states will account for a little more than half of the 680,000 DOD civilians that will be forced to take up to 11 days of unpaid leave over the last three months of the fiscal year, according to data provided by the Defense Department. Virginia would have the most workers affected, 72,000, followed by California (57,000), Texas (45,000) and Maryland (41,500), reported Bloomberg News. The rest of the top 10 are: Georgia — 32,000 civilian employees; Florida — 28,500; Alabama — 22,600; Ohio — 22,000; Oklahoma — 22,000; and Pennsylvania — 21,600. The combined economic impact of the furloughs — 11 days for most workers — in the 10 most affected states is $1.2 billion in lost wages, based on an average of $3,300 per worker. The furloughs are expected to save the Pentagon a total of $1.8 billion.

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