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Local Officials Request State Funds to Defend Ft. Indiantown Gap

  • April 24, 2014
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With a potential BRAC round on the horizon, the commissioners for Lebanon County, Pa., are applying for state funds to organize efforts to advocate for Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training center located in southeastern Pennsylvania. The county is hoping to secure a $25,000 grant from the state Military Community Protection Commission to prepare arguments for preserving the installation in the event it is targeted for closure, reported the Lebanon Daily News. “I think one of things they are looking for us to do is form a local defense group and sort of set a direction on how we are going to approach this,” Kris Troup, county planning director, told the paper. The group likely would include county commissioners, business and community leaders, and former high-ranking members of the military, Troup said.

Mikulski Supports Army Force Structure Commission

  • April 24, 2014
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Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, this week said she supports a plan to establish an independent commission to study the appropriate balance between the Army’s active and reserve components. Support for the proposal already is growing as a bill introduced in the House to create a blue-ribbon panel has 167 bipartisan cosponsors, reported CQ. Mikulski made the announcement on Wednesday after visiting Maryland’s adjutant general and leaders of the state’s National Guard …

Many Officers Will Be Forced Out, Army Concedes

  • April 24, 2014
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The Army on Wednesday acknowledged that a majority of the 3,000 officers whose positions need to be eliminated by the end of fiscal 2015 will be forced out, clarifying an earlier assertion denying the officers would be subject to involuntary separation. Officials will need to let go at least 2,000 officers as part of an effort to shrink the service’s end strength from 522,000 soldiers to 490,000 by October 2015, reported Government Executive in a correction to a recent story …

Army Estimates Installations’ Excess Capacity at 18 Percent

  • April 24, 2014
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Preliminary results of a facility capacity analysis by Army officials indicate the service’s excess capacity ranges between 12 and 28 percent in the United States, depending on facility category, with an overall average of 18 percent. Excess capacity totals over 167 million square feet of facilities across all installations, potentially costing the Army over $500 million a year in unnecessary operations and maintenance, based on a cost of $3 per square foot to maintain underutilized facilities …

Kansas, Oklahoma Bases Receive Final OK for Refueling Tankers

  • April 23, 2014
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The Air Force on Wednesday formally affirmed the selection of Altus Air Force Base, Okla., as the KC-46A’s formal training unit, and McConnell AFB, Kan., as the first active duty-led main operating base. The announcement follows the recent completion of the environmental analysis required for the basing decisions. Officials selected Altus and McConnell as preferred alternatives last May …

Focusing on Younger Generation’s Needs Will Bolster Huntsville’s Prospects to Gain Missions

  • April 23, 2014
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Attracting new missions to Redstone Arsenal doesn’t require Congress to authorize a new round of base closures, but it does require the Huntsville, Ala., metro area to “attract those that have a choice” where they want to live and work, Col. Bill Marks, the garrison commander, told the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County this week. He noted that the arsenal picked up a new activity through re-stationing a few years ago when Army Contacting Command moved from northern Virginia to be closer to its parent command …

Ft. Hood Honored for Waste Diversion, Net Zero Energy Initiatives

  • April 22, 2014
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Fort Hood has won the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for environmental quality, a recognition of its efforts to reduce its environmental impact and strengthen environmental initiatives. Fort Hood, located in central Texas, was a leader in environmental quality innovation and proactive community interaction, partnerships and training, according to a press release. The post’s accomplishments include: increasing the solid waste diversion rate and introducing a single stream recycling program, increasing recycling by 27 percent in 2013 …

Young Officers Won’t Be Forced Out, Army Says

  • April 22, 2014
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The Army on Tuesday denied an Associated Press story stating it would need to force 3,000 officers out of the service by the end of fiscal 2015 as part of an effort to shrink its end strength from 522,000 soldiers to 490,000. The Army could rely on natural separations such as retirements and fewer enlistments to reach its target, said spokesman Troy Rolan. “I don’t see why we would have to force anybody out,” Rolan told Government Executive. “There’s so many ways we can reach any number, it’s almost impossible to describe them all …

Travis AFB Advocates Look to New Tanker Mission

  • April 21, 2014
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With the KC-10 fleet nearing the end of its lifespan, the Travis Community Consortium is pinning the future of Travis Air Force Base on the KC-46A. The base in northern California now is home to 27 KC-10s, but the local support group for Travis is confident the installation is the right location for the next generation tanker. “We believe Travis has the ideal infrastructure and location to host multiple KC-46A squadrons,” Sandy Person, who chairs the consortium, wrote in a commentary in the Vacaville Reporter …

DOD Should Take Advantage of Roads Program, House Panel Says

  • April 21, 2014
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The Defense Department should make greater use of the Defense Access Roads (DAR) program, a way for DOD to upgrade roads outside of military installations, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. “The committee has heard of many worthwhile road construction/expansion projects in and around military installations that are in great need of funding,” the panel states. Those projects would benefit both the installations and the communities …

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