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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

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 …

Virginia Lawmakers Urge Pentagon to Relocate AFRICOM to Hampton Roads

  • September 16, 2013
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Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Timothy Kaine last week asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider a January decision to keep U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report criticized the department’s decision. “Hampton Roads represents one of the largest concentrations of joint and service-unique military commands in the United States,” the two Democratic lawmakers wrote, reported the Virginian-Pilot. “The region offers joint installations, command-and-control resources, training and education facilities that could superbly support AFRICOM’s mission …

Air Force Considers Far-Reaching Cuts to Manage Sequester

  • September 16, 2013
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The Air Force may be forced to eliminate some programs in their entirety to achieve the savings needed under sequestration, Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said Monday in a media roundtable at the Air Force Association’s annual meeting. “If we go into fiscal 2014 with sequestration still in effect, you need to achieve those savings that quickly,” he said. “You have to look at vertical cuts …

Fort Polk Ranks as Louisiana’s Top Military Source of Spending

  • September 16, 2013
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DOD spending at installations, defense contracts and payments to military retirees generated a total economic impact of $8.7 billion in Louisiana in fiscal 2012, according to the summary of a study commissioned by the state. Fort Polk had the single largest impact of the state’s seven major military facilities, contributing $1.3 billion to the state’s economy. The post was responsible for 16,000 jobs and almost $600 million in payroll …

DOD Names Five Candidates to Host Eastern Missile Defense Site

  • September 12, 2013
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The Pentagon said it would study five candidate missile defense sites in the continental United States that potentially could host ground-based interceptors to protect the East Coast. Thursday’s announcement comes in response to language in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill requiring DOD to study at least three potential missile defense sites, including at least two on the East Coast …

Military Officials Contemplate Limits under Long-Term Budget Cuts

  • September 12, 2013
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Senior Army officials are considering worst-case budget scenarios that would require them to slash end strength below levels already agreed to and curtail training across much of the force to ensure a limited number of units are fully prepared to fight. While the Army already is slated to shrink its active-duty force by 80,000 soldiers to 490,000, some officials believe the service will need to consider cutting end strength to below 400,000 …

Amid Sequestration, Holding Steady Can Be Considered Success, Consultant Says

  • September 12, 2013
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Maintaining current missions at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, is a worthy aspiration amid the current fiscal climate in Washington, a consultant told the community support group for the facility also known as the Lima Army Tank Plant. There is value in keeping what you have, CBD Advisors’ Matt Kambic, a retired Army major general, told members of Task Force Lima last week, especially if other communities are less fortunate. CBD was hired by the Dayton Development Coalition to develop a federal retention strategy for Ohio’s military and NASA assets, reported the Lima News. In the 2005 BRAC round, the task force was successful in keeping the Lima plant open. DOD only trimmed its infrastructure by 3 percent in 2005, but Kambic told the group he believes cuts will more significant in the next base closure round.

Spending Cuts Will Require Trimming Troop Levels Next Year, Hale Says

  • September 10, 2013
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To accommodate the deep spending cuts triggered by sequestration, the Pentagon likely will begin reducing military end strength next year and continue for the next several years. “That strategy will tend to lead to disproportionate cuts to the ground forces, but the Navy and the Air Force are going to have to get smaller too,” Comptroller Robert Hale said last week …

NAS Whidbey Island Support Group “Makes a Difference,” Lawmaker Says

  • September 9, 2013
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Washington Rep. Rick Larsen told (D) told business leaders and other officials in Oak Harbor last week that their support for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is making a difference and is helping to ensure that the installation’s future is “secure.” Kathy Reed, executive director of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, said she has “99 percent” confidence that Larsen is correct. “The base is too strategically located for the Department of Defense to give it up, especially with the current administration’s focus on the Asia-Pacific region,” Reed told the Whidbey News-Times. One concern, though, is a Central Whidbey group’s campaign to suspend use of Outlying Field Coupeville by the naval air station for landing practice. Given the level of negative press surrounding the outlying field, it’s even more important that Pentagon officials see how much support there is for the base, Reed said.

Decision over Basing F-35Cs at NAS Key West Is Next Step in Dispute over Noise

  • September 9, 2013
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A decade-long battle between the Navy and neighbors of Naval Air Station Key West over aircraft noise may finally come to head when Navy Secretary Ray Mabus decides whether the installation located close to the tip of the Florida Keys will replace its fleet of F-18 Super Hornets with the next generation strike-fighter, the F-35C. Since the Navy introduced the F-18 to Key West in 1999, residents surrounding the base have complained about the jets’ noise, culminating with Monroe County issuing a resolution in 2009 calling for the Navy to “cease and desist” Super Hornet operations …

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