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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

New Leader Takes Helm of Air Force Materiel Command

  • June 11, 2015
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Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski assumed the top position of the major command responsible for installation support and the technology, acquisition, test and sustainment of the Air Force’s current and future weapon systems during a ceremony this week at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Pawlikowski took the reins of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) from Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, marking the first time a female four-star general is replaced by another female four-star general at a major command. “The fact that we’re changing command from one woman to another is interesting, and it’s historic,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, who presided over the ceremony. “But it’s not as cool to me as the fact that we’re changing from one phenomenal leader to another …

Texas Communities to Pursue Higher Level of Funding to Support Installations

  • June 10, 2015
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After securing $30 million in defense economic adjustment assistance in Texas’ budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium to help support local installations, defense communities in the state are going to continue their campaign for $150 million to fend off a looming BRAC round. The lobbyist for Texas Mayors of Military Communities intends to meet with lawmakers from districts without bases to explain the significance of the state’s military presence, reports the El Paso Times. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had initially proposed allocating $30 million to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission in the new budget, but lawmakers almost ignored the request …

Academic Standards Can Help Support the Military, Report Says

  • June 9, 2015
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Academic standards adopted by Florida for its public schools, along with associated assessment tests, could help the state retains its military installations in a future BRAC round, according to the latest report from a nonprofit promoting smart investments in America’s children. The study from Mission: Readiness, a nonpartisan organization of over 500 retired senior military leaders, points to the Army’s recent effort to evaluate the achievement at public schools in communities neighboring its installations. “Rigorous standards and assessments can help schools serve military families and improve at a faster pace. This is especially important in light of recent studies showing that public schools near some military installations are lower on some measures of performance, including high school graduation rates, than other schools in the state …

Davis-Monthan AFB, Community Narrow List of Partnership Ideas

  • June 9, 2015
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Officials at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Pima County and area institutions are considering moving ahead with six initiatives that emerged from a series of meetings aimed at identifying ways the installation and the community could partner to enhance the value of D-M or allow it to save money. The ideas for the most part represent new initiatives rather than the sharing of services that would allow the installation to trim its operating expenses: work with the University of Arizona and community colleges to identify and fill internship positions requiring key skills needed at D-M; team up with the University of Arizona and local heritage groups to help military personnel practice foreign language skills …

Ft. Wainwright to Host Nine Combat UAVs

  • June 9, 2015
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Nine Gray Eagle combat unmanned aerial vehicles, along with 128 personnel and their families, have been assigned to Fort Wainwright starting next month, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced last week. The aircraft will use existing hangars initially, but the Army plans to request funding for additional UAV facilities at the Fairbanks-area post in the fiscal 2017 budget, according to a joint press release from the lawmakers. “Alaska is the tip of the spear when it comes to the Pentagon’s strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific, but the Pentagon clearly sees it as a superior choice to also respond to increasing military activities in the Arctic region …

‘We’ll Get There,’ Carter Says about a New BRAC Round

  • June 8, 2015
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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter vowed to continue pursuing another BRAC round until Congress relents, during remarks Thursday at a town hall event in Stuttgart, Germany. “It must be done,” Carter told troops from Africa Command, reported Military.com. “We can’t let tail and not tooth eat our budget. And so where we have unneeded infrastructure, and BRAC obviously pertains to unneeded infrastructure in the United States, we’ve got to get after that,” he said. “I am in an ongoing argument essentially with the Congress over this necessity,” Carter explained. This year’s request by President Obama to hold a BRAC round in 2017 represents the fourth consecutive year the administration has asked Congress to approve one or more base closure rounds. “But we’re going to keep trying. And I think at some point we’ll get there,” Carter said.

Local Officials, Businesses Unified in Protecting Nellis AFB

  • June 7, 2015
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Las Vegas is not exactly the kind of place that frowns on new development, but elected officials, businesses and residents in the region have made shielding Nellis Air Force Base from encroachment a top priority. “If you want to do something in that area, you’re going to get schooled real quick,” Lisa Beckley, head of the military affairs committee of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, said of proposals that could threaten flying operations at the installation located on the city’s northeast side …

Senate Passes Provision to Fortify Reserve Airlift Unit at Ft. Bragg

  • June 4, 2015
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Lawmakers debating the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill in the Senate Thursday passed an amendment that would not only stop the Air Force from carrying out its plan to deactivate Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing, but also replace its C-130 transport aircraft with upgraded models. The amendment, introduced by North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R) and co-sponsored by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), would relocate nine previously upgraded C-130H aircraft to Pope Field at Fort Bragg to directly support the daily training and contingency requirements of the XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and Army Special Operations Command. The nine aircraft would replace the six older C-130Hs now operated by the Air Force Reserve unit that are slated to be removed …

Air Force Academy Addresses Neighbors’ Noise Concerns

  • June 4, 2015
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Officials at the Air Force Academy have adjusted the schedule and flight paths for cadet’s flight training to lesson noise experienced over northern Colorado Springs neighborhoods. Cadets now will start morning flights with a corkscrew ascent over the academy’s airfield, allowing the T-53 trainer aircraft to reach a higher altitude before they pass over homes, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. The noise complaints from the academy’s neighbors began after the school shifted its flight patterns in 2013 to avoid commercial aircraft headed for the Colorado Springs and Denver airports. Flights at low altitudes during the rest of the day may continue to pose a problem for residents. “All that remains to be seen,” a homeowner neighboring the academy told the Gazette. Flight training for cadets isn’t designed for pilot candidates, but rather is intended to familiarize all cadets with the skills required to fly for the Air Force.

In Western Pennsylvania, Army Reserve Unit Joins Forces with Free Medical Clinic

  • June 3, 2015
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A partnership between a reserve engineering unit in western Pennsylvania and a local health clinic is quickly gaining attention within the Army Reserve, while providing valuable experience for soldiers. The collaboration began last year when the Johnstown Free Medical Clinic provided flu shots for about 100 members of the 458th Engineering Battalion. The unit asked for the clinic’s assistance to reduce the distance many of its personnel would need to travel to receive a flu shot. In turn, the unit’s medical staff began working at the clinic. Now 24 reservists regularly volunteer there …

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