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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

‘Florida G.I. Bill’ Aims to Make State More Friendly to DOD, Veterans

  • March 12, 2014
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New legislation approved by the Florida Legislature will offer assistance combating encroachment to the state’s defense communities, out-of-state tuition for public universities to veterans and funds to market the state to veterans. The bill, unanimously passed by the House and Senate, provides $7.5 million to purchase buffer zones to protect three installations from encroachment — MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville and Naval Support Activity Panama City. “It sends a signal to the BRAC commission as well that Florida wants to keep the installations we have and keep the people we have …

Congressman Urges SunZia to Divert Project from Missile Range

  • March 12, 2014
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New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce (R) this week urged the developer of a proposed, 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona to adopt a route that avoids White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M, after being briefed on the results of a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory. “The MIT Report validates DOD’s concerns that the construction of the above-ground SunZia transmission lines would threaten the defense mission at White Sands Missile Range …

Need for BRAC is Clear, Installation Officials Tell Lawmakers

  • March 12, 2014
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A new round of base closures is needed to avoid wasting money on unneeded facilities, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday. Equally important, granting DOD the authority to realign and shutter installations also would free up defense funds for other urgent priorities, including readiness and modernization, Conger told lawmakers. The services’ installation chiefs who testified along with Conger all emphasized that they have excess capacity, a disparity that is particularly acute for the Army and Air Force …

DOD Plan Would Turn Commissaries into Business Enterprise

  • March 12, 2014
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The Pentagon’s proposal to drastically reduce federal subsidies for military groceries would force most stateside commissaries to operate as a for-profit enterprise, according to documents released last week in conjunction with DOD’s fiscal 2015 budget request. The Pentagon is proposing to reduce the annual direct subsidy to commissaries by $1 billion over the next three years; the annual subsidy now totals $1.4 billion. After three years, the lower funding would reduce the average discount for military families from 30 percent to 10 percent, according to senior defense officials. At that point, stateside commissaries would need to cover their operating costs to remain viable, reported Stars and Stripes …

Air Force Proposes Cutting 500 Aircraft from Fleet

  • March 11, 2014
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The Air Force unveiled a far-reaching plan Monday for shrinking its force structure over the next five years that would eliminate aircraft from all three components, 25 states and the District of Columbia. The five-year plan, part of the Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request, calls for eliminating 500 aircraft, with 90 percent coming from U.S. bases. The cuts would retire the entire A-10 and U-2 fleets, and substantially pare down the number of F-15s and MQ-1s, reported Stars and Stripes. The service’s highest priorities are the F-35 fighter, the KC-46 tanker and the new long-range bomber …

Officials Fight Proposal to Deactivate Airlift Unit at Ft. Bragg

  • March 11, 2014
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Local leaders and elected officials are trying to reverse the Air Force’s proposal to deactivate the 440th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field, saying the move would jeopardize the responsiveness of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and eliminate more than 1,000 jobs in the Fayetteville, N.C., area. The proposal came last week as part of the Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request, which calls for retiring the 440th’s 12 C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft. Without the 440th’s C-130s, Army paratroopers at Fort Bragg would be forced to rely on aircraft from South Carolina, Georgia or New York to train …

Central Florida County Wins Grant to Attract Industry Compatible with Air Force Range

  • March 9, 2014
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A state grant awarded to Highlands County will help officials in Central Florida promote economic development outside Avon Park Air Force Range. The $40,000 grant was awarded by Enterprise Florida under its defense reinvestment grant program, which is intended to support military installations and help surrounding communities diversify their economies. Funds from the grant can cover studies, presentations, analysis, plans, marketing and modeling …

Colorado Lawmakers Want State to Prepare for Next BRAC

  • March 9, 2014
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Two Colorado legislators representing districts that are home to military installations plan to introduce a measure commissioning a study to help the state prepare for the next round of base closures. “It affects the whole state, but particularly Aurora and Colorado Springs,” Senate President Morgan Carroll (D) told the Colorado Spring Gazette. “It’s a potential multi-billion dollar impact to the state as far as what happens in the future base realignment and closure,” said Carroll, who represents Aurora, home to Buckley Air Force Base and administrative offices at the former Lowry AFB. The bill’s co-sponsor would be the Colorado Senate’s Republican leader, Bill Cadman, who is from Colorado Springs, the host community for Fort Carson, Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and the Air Force Academy.

BRAC is DOD’s Preferred Method to Address Excess Infrastructure, Spokesman Insists

  • March 9, 2014
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Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby on Friday successfully deflected a reporter’s question as to when DOD would act to eliminate excess infrastructure outside the bounds of BRAC by repeating multiple times that officials would prefer to pare down the department’s real estate portfolio through a base closure round. “The preferred method is to work with the Congress and to get another round of BRAC,” Kirby said. The reporter asked Kirby to clarify recent statements by Defense Secretary and other top officials that DOD has authorities beyond BRAC to reduce its infrastructure, but the press secretary offered very little in terms of specifics …

Air Force Cancels Major Project at Wright-Pat

  • March 7, 2014
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The Air Force has cancelled a building renovation costing between $5 million and $10 million at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, due to a lack of funding in the current year’s budget. The base’s announcement on Wednesday comes one day after the Air Force unveiled its fiscal 2015 budget request, a proposal which calls for eliminating more than 20,000 active-duty and reserve airmen and retiring more than 200 aircraft, reported the Dayton Daily News. The project, which was in its early stages, would have remodeled the 53,000-square-foot building located on the flight line, adding training rooms, offices and warehouse space. Base officials will attempt to gain funding next year, according to the story.

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