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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

HASC Lawmakers Urge DOD to Retain Carriers

  • January 28, 2014
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A bipartisan group of 11 House Armed Services Committee lawmakers wrote Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday urging the Pentagon not to retire any of the Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. “There is no doubt that there is enduring bipartisan support for a robust Navy supporting a capital fleet of 11 nuclear aircraft carriers,” stated the letter headed up by Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) also signed the letter. The letter was written after Defense News reported this week that DOD officials are considering whether to eliminate one carrier and one carrier air wing in the 2015 budget, reported the Hill.

No Plans to Close Commissaries, Dempsey Says

  • January 28, 2014
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The Pentagon has not decided to close military grocery stores, but officials are looking for savings anywhere possible to mitigate the impact of budget constraints, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday. Officials asked the Defense Commissary Agency to assess the impact of reducing or eliminating taxpayer subsidies for the system, Dempsey said. Military exchanges do not receive a federal subsidy, and the same potential exists with commissaries, he noted …

City to Purchase Tract near Shaw AFB

  • January 28, 2014
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The city of Sumter, S.C., plans to purchase a 694-acre tract near Shaw Air Force Base as part of an effort to protect the installation from encroachment and preserve its ability to carry out its missions far into the future. Much of the acquisition, estimated to cost $2 million, will be paid for by the Conservation Fund. The city plans to pay only about $25,000 toward the cost, reported WISTV. The property likely would become an urban forest …

Ayotte Warns Air Force against Making Preparations to Retire A-10s

  • January 27, 2014
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Efforts by the Air Force to prepare to retire its A-10 fleet would violate the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) wrote Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week. “It has come to my attention that the Air Force may be taking steps to prepare to retire the A-10 in violation of current law,” Ayotte wrote in a letter Friday, reported the Hill. The FY 2014 defense policy bill states that the service “may not retire, prepare to retire or place in storage” any additional A-10 Warthogs during the fiscal year …

Connecticut to Study Impact of Defense Cuts on Industry Supply Chain through OEA Grant

  • January 27, 2014
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DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) has awarded the state of Connecticut and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) a $1.3 million planning grant to better understand how cuts in federal spending on defense contracts will affect New England’s defense supply chain and industry-related work performed in the state and region. “We are talking about an industry that employs tens of thousands of workers and generates billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenue — it is simply too important not to prepare ourselves for possible cuts to defense spending,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy …

Relocation of Army Units Restricted under Omnibus

  • January 26, 2014
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The Army is restricted from relocating units from installations with a significant proportion of civilian employees, according to the omnibus spending bill signed into law earlier this month. The military construction section of the legislation bars the Army from using fiscal 2014 funds to relocate a unit at an installation in which the total number of civilian employees of the Army and contractor personnel exceeds 10 percent of the total number of members of the Army’s regular and reserve components assigned to the installation …

State Funding Could Bolster Ft. Bragg’s Standing in Next BRAC Round

  • January 26, 2014
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Fort Bragg most likely isn’t in danger of suffering the loss of any significant mission in a future BRAC, but installation leadership and the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance wants to shore up several weaknesses that could prevent the post from benefiting from the next base closure round. One shortcoming is the poor road infrastructure of the Fayetteville, N.C., post, garrison commander Col. Jeffrey Sanborn said at the alliance’s annual meeting Friday. Of Fort Bragg’s 57 major intersections, 42 are considered failed or failing …

Governors Urge Administration to Protect Air Guard from Budget Cuts

  • January 23, 2014
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The nation’s governors are calling on the Pentagon to shield the Air National Guard from “disproportionate and damaging” cuts as it prepares its fiscal 2015 budget request. “Reductions in personnel and equipment are inevitable as we transition from war to peace, but they should not adversely affect states nor come at the expense of lost capabilities,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week during the National Governors Association’s State of the States address in Washington, D.C. “The Guard is a ready, capable and experienced fighting force, but they are also essential to their states and communities here at home …

City Has Decades before Kirtland AFB Fuel Spill Threatens Water Supply, Study Finds

  • January 22, 2014
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Albuquerque has 30 years before a huge plume from a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill would reach the nearest municipal drinking water well, according to preliminary results from a study by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The study also concluded that Albuquerque’s wells could be protected by a pump-and-treat remedy that extracts the contamination from the ground, reported the Albuquerque Journal. “It takes it out of crisis mode,” Tom Blaine of the New Mexico Environment Department said of the new results. The agency previously had estimated the contamination might reach the nearest municipal well in five to seven years, according to the story. The plume stems from a decades-old leak discovered in 1999 from an underground pipe at Kirtland’s aircraft fuel loading facility. The spill is estimated to be up to 24 million gallons.

Buffer Zone at Mississippi Post to Provide Carbon Offsets for Sale

  • January 22, 2014
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In a first for the Defense Department, a 1,522-acre parcel purchased by the Mississippi Army National Guard to protect Camp Shelby from encroachment will participate in California’s carbon market and generate about $10 million by selling carbon sequestration credits. The Army National Guard purchased the property last month from the Weyerhaeuser Co. through the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program and will place it into conservation through its ACUB partner, the Compatible Lands Foundation. The Army National Guard is trying to create a buffer around Camp Shelby to preserve its ability to train there as well as the surrounding critical habitat …

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