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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Orlando Leaders Need State Money to Protect Simulation Cluster

  • January 22, 2014
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Central Florida leaders plan to ask state lawmakers for funding to expand an Orlando research park that is home to key components of the region’s defense simulation cluster, as part of an effort to stave off a possible move by DOD to realign those assets to other locations with simulation and training specialties. A coalition of political, education and business leaders is hoping to add a $60 million complex to the Central Florida Research Park that would be leased at no cost to the military. Most importantly, the new facilities would provide space for DOD to expand at the park …

Reducing Army End Strength to 420,000 an Option, Senior Official Says

  • January 22, 2014
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The pressure of long-term budget constraints is forcing Army officials to consider difficult tradeoffs as they try to balance force structure, readiness and modernization, with a decision to shrink the service’s active-duty force to 420,000 one distinct possibility. “We’re on a glide path, and the monies are laid out to give us a 420,000 Army by 2019,” Lt. Gen. James Barclay III, the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G-8, told attendees at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Aviation Symposium & Exposition last week. “That doesn’t mean we’re set on going to 420, we’ve got some decision points built in, coming into the ’16, ’17 timeframe, so we’re taking a hard look at what is the right set …

Conservation Easement Averts Threat to NAS Lemoore from Housing Project

  • January 20, 2014
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The Navy’s purchase of a conservation easement from the developer of a housing subdivision outside of Naval Air Station Lemoore will prevent an incompatible land use that could jeopardize training at the central California installation. The agreement, which also involved West Hills Community College, was reached through DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program. The easement will stop the developer from building 230 proposed homes on a 53-acre site, reducing the project to only 50 homes, reported the Hanford Sentinel. Under the agreement, the community college becomes the conservator for the site and could use it for educational purposes. So far, though, the school plans to use the plot for irrigation drainage, according to the story.

Arizona Governor Highlights Need to Protect Luke AFB from Encroachment

  • January 20, 2014
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In two speeches last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said she would urge the state legislature to provide funding for the purchase of buffers around the state’s military installations needed to protect them from urban encroachment. “This year, I am calling on the legislature to renew support for the Military Installation Fund,” Brewer said. “That money will be used specifically to mitigate property encroachment and preserve military land use projects — without throwing that financial burden on private property owners …

Pentagon, Developer Strike Deal to Mitigate Impacts of Wind Farm

  • January 15, 2014
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Construction of a wind farm in eastern North Carolina will be able to go ahead after DOD and the developer reached an agreement to mitigate impacts to military flight training conducted from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, officials announced this week. Under the agreement, wind turbines will be placed no closer than four nautical miles from the centerline of a major training route in eastern North Carolina used by Seymour Johnson F-15Es and Navy and Marine Corps aircraft for low-level flight training and access to the Dare County Bombing Range …

Installation-Community Partnership Addresses Traffic Woes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

  • January 15, 2014
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Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and its host communities have joined together to relieve traffic congestion along the Interstate 5 corridor, the principal artery between Tacoma and Olympia, Wash., that runs through the installation. The nine-mile stretch of I-5 that runs through JBLM narrows from four to three lanes as it enters and leaves the base, creating gridlock as military personnel and civilian workers come and go each day. JBLM officials joined with local planning organizations, members of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership, and consultants from SCJ Alliance to tackle the region’s traffic problems, according to a presentation Tuesday at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington …

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Offers Plan to Protect State’s Military Bases

  • January 14, 2014
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A Republican candidate for Texas governor is calling for a three-step plan to help the state prepare for the next round of base closures. “In 2012 the total annual economic output of Texas’ 15 military installations was almost $150 billion. Most of Texas’ military installations are located in rural or low-population areas. The economic impact the military has on these communities is extraordinary,” said Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general. The three actions Abbott outlined include: establishing the Texas Military Preparedness Commission within the governor’s office …

State-Community Effort to Strengthen Military Presence in Missouri

  • January 14, 2014
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State agencies will coordinate their efforts and collaborate with defense communities and other stakeholders, under a new initiative announced by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to retain and enhance the state’s military bases, the missions assigned to them and federal defense spending. “Recognizing the crucial importance of military facilities to the future of Missouri, we will continue to work with local community leaders, businesses and our active and retired military families to retain and enhance the military footprint in the Show-Me State,” Nixon said Friday in a written statement. The governor appointed Treasurer Clint Zweifel to lead the Missouri Military Partnership, which will include gathering input from local communities …

Construction Ramps up at Hill, Luke, Nellis AFBs to Prepare for F-35′s Arrival

  • January 12, 2014
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The Air Force shortly will begin work on several construction projects at Hill Air Force Base to ready the installation for the arrival of new F-35 Lighting II fighter jets, while beddown efforts at Luke and Nellis AFBs for the new aircraft already are under way. Three projects have been awarded at Hill AFB, Utah, which last month was designated the home of the service’s first operational F-35s. The work, expected to begin this month …

Reserve Components to Play Larger Role in Air Force, James Testifies

  • January 12, 2014
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The Air Force will rely more heavily on the Air National Guard and Reserve components, Secretary Deborah Lee James told members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force last week. The shift, intended to preserve more capabilities as the service seeks to trim its end strength, will be reflected in the fiscal 2015 budget request, said James, who was sworn in Dec. 20 as the Air Force’s 23rd secretary. The service is slated to eliminate up to 25,000 personnel over the next five years, along with other cost-saving measures …

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