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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Expect Further Cutbacks in Training, Ship Maintenance, Admiral Says

  • September 25, 2013
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Automatic spending cuts of $14 billion in fiscal 2014 will force the Navy to scale down training for both sailors and aviators, and delay or cancel scheduled ship overhauls, Adm. Bill Gortney, chief of Fleet Forces Command, said Tuesday. Gortney said he was more worried about the impact cancelled ship repair contracts would have on smaller subcontractors in the Hampton Roads, Va., region than on larger firms …

Navy Expected to Hand over East Bank Site in New Orleans Shortly

  • September 25, 2013
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Two years after the Navy shuttered the east bank portion of Naval Support Activity New Orleans, local officials say the city is on the verge of gaining control of the 25-acre site. The two parties are in the “final stages” of negotiations over transfer of the site in Bywater, said Cedric Grant, deputy mayor of New Orleans. The Navy would hand it over at no cost …

Alaska Lawmakers Believe Eielson Realignment off the Table

  • September 23, 2013
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Alaska’s two senators are somewhat confident the Air Force will not go ahead with its proposal to shift 21 F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage based on recent conversations with Air Force officials. The latest indication came last week when Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), told an Air Force Association audience that the service has no plans to eliminate any installations in the Asia-Pacific region …

Transmission Line Route Threatens Mission at White Sands, Commander Says

  • September 23, 2013
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The current route of a proposed, 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona would jeopardize about 30 percent of the weapons testing activities conducted in the northern extension at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the installation’s commanding general said last week. “There’s no way to do my missions with some of the weapons systems we’re currently testing, now and into the future, because they would strike the line,” said Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham …

Installation Support to Drop Sharply from Historic Levels, Odierno Testifies

  • September 22, 2013
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If the spending caps triggered under sequestration continue in fiscal 2014, facilities sustainment will receive only 36 percent of historic funding levels, impairing nearly all support programs for Army installations, according to the written testimony Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno delivered last week to the House Armed Services Committee. Odierno listed municipal, fire and emergency, logistics, facilities engineering and family programs among the affected services. “For example, we will not be able to fund municipal services contracts for custodial, pest control or other services and we will be forced to eliminate nearly all preventative maintenance programs …

Labor Department Provides Aid to Workers at Texas Bases

  • September 20, 2013
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The Labor Department is providing a National Emergency Grant worth up to $4.1 million to provide re-employment assistance to about 1,120 workers affected by layoffs at Fort Hood in Killeen and the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana. The grant will provide job training for the former defense civilian workers and contractors. The grant was awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission to provide the affected workers with training and other services necessary to compete for high-demand occupations in their local areas. National Emergency Grants are part of the labor secretary’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. “Civilian workers, who often serve alongside military service members, play an important role in defending our nation and deserve our support when layoffs occur,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

Marines Plan East Coast Headquarters Consolidation, Senior Planning Officer Says

  • September 19, 2013
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As part of its effort to meet the fiscal constraints imposed under sequestration, the Marine Corps is planning to eliminate a three-star expeditionary force headquarters command in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and consolidate it into one East Coast headquarters in Norfolk, Va. The new command would complement an expeditionary task force headquarters in Okinawa, Japan, and one based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., that is deployable anywhere, Maj. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. said Thursday …

Continued Sequester Cuts Would Further Debilitate Readiness, Force Structure, Chiefs Testify

  • September 18, 2013
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Before a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, the services’ top military officers delivered a grim assessment of their ability to meet the armed forces’ defense strategy if automatic spending cuts remain in place. “If Congress does not act to mitigate the magnitude and speed of the reductions under the [deficit reduction law] with sequestration, the Army will not be able to fully execute the requirements of the 2012 defense strategic guidance …

Lt. Governor Urges Panel to Protect Economic Impact of Pennsylvania’s Installations

  • September 17, 2013
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At the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley urged the panel’s members to proactively advocate for the state’s 12 military installations. “There is profound competition that is going on right now,” Cawley said at the meeting held at Fort Indiantown Gap, reported the Patriot News. “Other states are doing the same thing that we are doing here. Every one of these states has a strong case to be made. Ours must be the strongest …

Installations Community Mourns Passing of DOD’s Nancy Natoli

  • September 17, 2013
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Nancy Natoli, who led the Pentagon’s effort to protect military test and training facilities from incompatible development, passed away Monday following a recent battle with cancer. Natoli has been the program director of the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program since February 2012, after serving as a program coordinator for the previous three years …

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