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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Installation Support to Drop Sharply from Historic Levels, Odierno Testifies

  • September 22, 2013
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If the spending caps triggered under sequestration continue in fiscal 2014, facilities sustainment will receive only 36 percent of historic funding levels, impairing nearly all support programs for Army installations, according to the written testimony Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno delivered last week to the House Armed Services Committee. Odierno listed municipal, fire and emergency, logistics, facilities engineering and family programs among the affected services. “For example, we will not be able to fund municipal services contracts for custodial, pest control or other services and we will be forced to eliminate nearly all preventative maintenance programs …

Labor Department Provides Aid to Workers at Texas Bases

  • September 20, 2013
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The Labor Department is providing a National Emergency Grant worth up to $4.1 million to provide re-employment assistance to about 1,120 workers affected by layoffs at Fort Hood in Killeen and the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana. The grant will provide job training for the former defense civilian workers and contractors. The grant was awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission to provide the affected workers with training and other services necessary to compete for high-demand occupations in their local areas. National Emergency Grants are part of the labor secretary’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. “Civilian workers, who often serve alongside military service members, play an important role in defending our nation and deserve our support when layoffs occur,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

Marines Plan East Coast Headquarters Consolidation, Senior Planning Officer Says

  • September 19, 2013
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As part of its effort to meet the fiscal constraints imposed under sequestration, the Marine Corps is planning to eliminate a three-star expeditionary force headquarters command in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and consolidate it into one East Coast headquarters in Norfolk, Va. The new command would complement an expeditionary task force headquarters in Okinawa, Japan, and one based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., that is deployable anywhere, Maj. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. said Thursday …

Continued Sequester Cuts Would Further Debilitate Readiness, Force Structure, Chiefs Testify

  • September 18, 2013
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Before a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, the services’ top military officers delivered a grim assessment of their ability to meet the armed forces’ defense strategy if automatic spending cuts remain in place. “If Congress does not act to mitigate the magnitude and speed of the reductions under the [deficit reduction law] with sequestration, the Army will not be able to fully execute the requirements of the 2012 defense strategic guidance …

Lt. Governor Urges Panel to Protect Economic Impact of Pennsylvania’s Installations

  • September 17, 2013
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At the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley urged the panel’s members to proactively advocate for the state’s 12 military installations. “There is profound competition that is going on right now,” Cawley said at the meeting held at Fort Indiantown Gap, reported the Patriot News. “Other states are doing the same thing that we are doing here. Every one of these states has a strong case to be made. Ours must be the strongest …

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 …

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