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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Tyndall AFB Takes on F-22 Combat Mission

  • January 9, 2014
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Tyndall Air Force Base received five F-22 Raptors this week as the installation expands its current role as the home of F-22 pilot training to include combat. Tyndall, located on the Florida Panhandle, is scheduled to receive 24 of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft from Holloman AFB, N.M. In total, more than 50 F-22s will call Tyndall home, making it the largest single-base contingent of the advanced aircraft …

Commission May Recommend Relaxing Barriers between Air Force Components

  • January 9, 2014
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In addition to the Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget request, another indicator early this year of possible changes in military force structure will be the final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. The commission, charged with reviewing the appropriate balance between the Air Force’s regular and reserve components, has held numerous hearings and listened to suggestions such as combining the National Guard and Reserve, and moving much of the service’s infrastructure to the reserve component …

North Carolina Needs to Diversify Economies of Defense Communities, Official Says

  • January 8, 2014
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In anticipation of the significant changes coming to military installations in eastern North Carolina, state officials are considering investing in industries that won’t be affected by the defense drawdown. “We are trying to diversify the economy of eastern North Carolina and the whole state. We want to surround our military installations with business that will last as our situation ebbs and flows,” said Sharon Decker, the state’s secretary of commerce …

Ft. Hood Airfield to Play Role in Texas Site for Testing Drones

  • January 8, 2014
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Robert Gray Army Airfield at Fort Hood is expected to conduct testing of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as part of the winning application from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi to host one of six national test sites for studying how to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace. Texas A&M University does not yet have a formal agreement with the post, but it is engaged in talks with the installation …

Army Looking at Options for Speeding Drawdown, Odierno Says

  • January 8, 2014
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After previously accelerating its plan to cut 80,000 soldiers and eliminate brigade combat teams (BCTs) at 10 U.S. posts to meet budget constraints, Army officials now are studying if the service’s forces can be cut further in a short timeframe. “We’re taking out about 20,000 a year. If I go higher than that, it costs me more to take them out, and so we start reducing the savings that we’re gaining from the people,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said during a speech at the National Press Club Tuesday. “So that’s the dilemma that we have …

DOD Awards $16M Grants to Build Elementary Schools at Kansas, New Mexico Bases

  • January 8, 2014
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School districts in Albuquerque, N.M., and Junction City, Kan., will each receive $16 million grants from the Defense Department to replace elementary schools at neighboring military installations. Albuquerque Public Schools will receive $16.3 million to demolish and rebuild Wherry Elementary School located on Kirtland Air Force Base. Geary County Unified School District 475 will receive $16.1 million to build the new Fort Riley Elementary School …

Northwest Washington Installations Stand to Gain from Funding in Defense Bill

  • January 8, 2014
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The 2014 defense authorization bill, signed into law by President Obama late last month, is a boon for installations in northwest Washington, authorizing tens of millions of dollars in funding for projects at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and Naval Base Kitsap. Four construction projects were authorized at Lewis-McChord totaling $153 million, including $79 million for an aircraft maintenance hangar and $37 million for airfield improvements. Three projects were authorized at Whidbey Island, including $85 million for P-8A Poseidon hanger and training facilities …

Army Embraces GAO Recommendation to Solicit Community Input for Basing Decisions

  • January 7, 2014
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The Army plans to develop guidance governing when community meetings should be used gather public input prior to making basing decisions in the future, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Army’s comments come in response to a recommendation the congressional watchdog agency made regarding the service’s extensive process to determine how it would restructure its forces to shrink its active component end strength by 80,000 soldiers, a decision which resulted in a plan to inactivate 10 brigade combat teams …

UAS Industry Will Continue to Flourish in Dayton, Officials Say

  • January 6, 2014
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The Dayton, Ohio, region will continue to benefit from the development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) despite the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision last week not to designate the city one of six test sites for studying how to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace, according to local economic development officials. The FAA’s decision came as a surprise to leaders who had argued that the combined Ohio-Indiana application and the presence of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) would have made an ideal place to host a test site …

Opposition over Jet Noise from NAS Whidbey Island Prompts Lawsuit

  • January 5, 2014
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A years-long dispute between residents living near an outlying landing field (OLF) used to train pilots based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in northwest Washington and the Navy is no closer to resolution as installation officials end a temporary moratorium on practicing takeoffs and landings at the airfield. Local opposition to training flights by Navy Growlers, used to suppress enemy radar, flying from their home base 10 miles south to OLF Coupeville has grown since the aircraft first arrived in 2008 …

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