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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Residents Fret about Noise Impacts from Possible New Missions at Davis-Monthan AFB

  • July 8, 2014
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Residents in neighborhoods close to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are becoming increasingly concerned about what aircraft could be based at the Tucson, Ariz., installation in the future when its three squadrons of A-10 attack jets are replaced. The base’s neighbors are resigned to the noise levels generated by the A-10, but many oppose other possible missions, including F-16 and F-35 fighters, due to those louder noise profiles of those aircraft, reported the Arizona Daily Star. Last year, 19 neighborhood associations signed a letter opposing any plan to house F-35s at the installation …

Army Considers New Strategy for Preserving Industrial Base

  • July 8, 2014
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Amid a climate of declining budgets for weapons spending, officials at Army Materiel Command (AMC) are conducting a comprehensive assessment of the service’s industrial base to assure its long-term viability. Last week, AMC Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion and a team of logistics experts visited Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y., as part of a year-long initiative to visit the nation’s depots and arsenals to learn about the challenges facing them and craft a new strategy to take advantage of their unique capabilities …

Pentagon Prepared to House Additional Border-Crossing Minors

  • July 8, 2014
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DOD officials are discussing the possibility of housing additional unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday. “I wouldn’t put an exact number on it, because that’s still in discussion,” Kirby told reporters. Three installations already are housing unaccompanied children who are part of an influx of thousands of migrants from Central America — Fort Sill, Okla.; Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas; and Naval Base Ventura, Port Hueneme, Calif. …

Burlington Residents Sue Air Force over New F-35 Guard Unit

  • July 7, 2014
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A local group opposed to a decision to base 18 new F-35 fighter jets at Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt., filed a lawsuit last week against Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to stop the move. The suit — filed in federal court by the Stop the F-35 Coalition — contends the aircraft will generate noise in excess of 65 decibels averaged over a day-night basis …

Joint Base Andrews, PG County Agree on ‘Way Ahead’

  • July 7, 2014
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Officials at Joint Base Andrews and Prince George’s County, Md., have agreed to identify specific functions the two can collaborate on to take advantage of new legislation allowing installations and their host communities to share support services aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing operating costs. Last month the base commander and the county executive signed an agreement establishing a bi-annual process to consider potential partnerships and track the progress of existing ones, reported Air Force public affairs. Under a second agreement, Andrews would use a more efficient waste and recycling system run by the county and increase the current recycling rate from 34 percent to 54 percent …

New Jersey Budgets $200K to Preserve Military Bases

  • July 6, 2014
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New Jersey’s fiscal 2015 budget includes $200,000 for local efforts to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Picatinny Arsenal ahead of a future BRAC round. With defense cuts a near certainty and base closures and realignments on the horizon, stakeholder groups had requested the funding after state support for the two installations had declined in recent years, reported the Brick Patch. “Thousands of military and civilian jobs depend on this joint operation and we cannot afford the same economic loss as when Fort Monmouth closed in 2011,” said state Assemblyman Dave Wolfe …

Once More unto the Breach: Central Louisiana Leaders Urge Support for Ft. Polk

  • July 6, 2014
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One year after a local outpouring of support for Fort Polk helped to bolster the post’s position amid an effort to trim the Army’s active-duty end strength to 490,000, area leaders again beseeched the public to act to prevent the installation from losing up to 60 percent of its personnel. “Last year, for the first time, we changed the perception of Fort Polk by the Army,” Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress, said at a press conference Wednesday. The Army received about 4,300 responses from area residents last year during the public comment period as it assessed how to restructure its brigade combat teams …

Timing of Next Steps in Army’s Basing Analysis Unclear

  • July 6, 2014
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After the Army makes a final determination as to whether a full-blown environmental impact statement is required as part of its evaluation of how it will shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 soldiers, it most likely will hold “listening sessions” in affected communities before making decisions regarding changes in force structure. At this point, however, it is too early to say when officials will hold sessions to gather input from local leaders in each of the 30 communities evaluated in the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released last month …

National Army Museum Opening Delayed until 2018

  • July 1, 2014
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The opening date for the National Museum of the U.S. Army, slated to occupy 41 acres at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, has been pushed back to 2018 as organizers strive to raise more funds for the effort. So far the Army Historical Foundation has raised $81million, but the group needs $33 million more before it can break ground on the project, reports Army Times. At that point the federal government will release $25 million authorized for site preparation …

Clarksville Leaders Pledge Unified Effort to Stave off Force Reductions

  • July 1, 2014
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Leaders in Middle Tennessee are vowing to pull together to head off the potential loss of one-half of the military and civilian personnel at Fort Campbell, following last week’s release of an Army analysis of the economic impacts associated with eliminating 70,000 active-duty soldiers across the service. For Fort Campbell, the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment considers a reduction of up to 15,221 soldiers and 779 civilians. The post currently hosts a population of 32,281 personnel …

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