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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Installation, Family Support Workers Headed Back to Work

  • October 6, 2013
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Many, if not most, civilian workers employed at military installations will be able to return from the emergency furloughs imposed one week ago after Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government running in the new fiscal year. The federal government’s interpretation of the Pay Our Military Act means that a large swath of civilian workers who provide ongoing support to military members can be recalled, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told reporters Saturday. In general, civilians that focus on the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of military members can return to work as soon as Monday …

U.S., Japan Codify Changes to Marine Corps Realignment

  • October 3, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry and their Japanese counterparts reaffirmed their commitment to shift thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam during a signing ceremony Thursday in Tokyo. Under the realignment plan, which was revised in April 2012, up to 5,000 Marines will relocate to Guam beginning in the mid-2020s, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters. The Japanese government will contribute $3.1 billion to support the effort to build new facilities to accommodate the troops …

Are There Ways for DOD to Trim Excess Capacity outside of a New BRAC Round?

  • October 3, 2013
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The Defense Department is under enormous pressure to support a capable fighting force while its budget is subject to deep spending cuts. But the most obvious solution to addressing the combination of a declining force structure and the need to slash overhead — holding a new round of base closures — so far has been declared off limits to DOD by Congress. Next month, ADC is sponsoring a half-day Defense Policy Forum that will explore ways the military can either pare back its excess infrastructure, or at least slash spending on installation support, while more efficiently using its real estate holdings in the absence of a new BRAC round …

Businesses Bordering New Jersey Base Urge End to Government Shutdown

  • October 3, 2013
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The impact of this week’s government shutdown is all too clear to the mayor of Wrightstown, the central New Jersey town outside the front gate of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Traffic on the way to the installation in the morning is down by 60 to 70 percent, said Tom Harper from the vantage point of his Liberty gas station. And a drop in the number of cars is bad for Harper’s business and dozens of others in Wrightstown …

Shutdown Expected to Exacerbate Impact of Retrenchment in Defense Communities

  • October 2, 2013
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Coming on the heels of sequestration and planned reductions in troop strength, the government shutdown is the latest piece of bad news for businesses that support the nation’s military installations. Communities which depend on the military for a significant portion of their economic output are particularly vulnerable, especially following the boom in military contracting since 9/11. The Fayetteville, N.C., region, which is home to Fort Bragg, relies on the military for 37 percent of its business …

Air Force Shelves Plan to Remove F-16 Squadron form Eielson

  • October 2, 2013
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The Air Force is abandoning its plan to shift 21 F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage as a cost-cutting move, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday. Sens. Mark Begich (D) and Lisa Murkowski (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) made the announcement, which ended a two-year battle by the lawmakers and Fairbanks leaders, after learning of the decision from Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning and Pacific Air Forces Gen. Hawk Carlisle …

U.S., Japan to Ink Deal on Marine Corps Realignment to Guam

  • September 30, 2013
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High-level officials from the United States and Japan on Thursday are expected to revise the bilateral accord governing the transfer of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa to Guam, codifying last year’s agreement that scaled back the realignment from about 9,000 Marines to 4,000 personnel. The two nations will sign the revised agreement during their “two-plus-two” meeting in Tokyo; the United States will be represented by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry …

Central South Carolina Officials Hope McEntire, Shaw Land F-35 Squadron

  • September 29, 2013
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Supporters of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and Shaw Air Force Base in central South Carolina say the two installations remain in contention to host a squadron of F-35 fighter jets due to opposition to basing the new aircraft at the Air Force’s preferred location in South Burlington, Vt. Since the Air Force named Burlington Air Guard Station as its preferred location, a coalition of residents has raised concerns about higher noise profiles generated by the fifth-generation fighter relative to the F-16 it would replace …

Ayotte Places Hold on Air Force Nominee over A-10 Retirement Plans

  • September 26, 2013
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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) has placed a hold on the nominee to be the next Air Force secretary over concerns that the service is planning on retiring its entire fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft. Ayotte’s move comes one week after she pressed nominee Deborah James, president of the technology and engineering division at SAIC, as to whether the Air Force had already decided to retire the fleet. Lee responded that she didn’t believe a decision had been made, but she acknowledged that officials were considering complete divestitures of aircraft types as one way to address budget constraints …

Security, Encroachment Concerns outside Fairchild AFB Prompt Emergency Action

  • September 26, 2013
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Spokane County, Wash., commissioners on Wednesday adopted an interim zoning law to protect Fairchild Air Force Base from the development of industrial facilities over 400 acres on its eastern border. The emergency action came only after the commissioners learned in recent days that Fairchild’s commander expressed concern that an industrial facility could provide cover for a sniper, reported the Spokesman-Review. The legislators’ action trims the county’s recent 4,100-acre urban growth area expansion to 3,700 acres …

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