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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Lights out at Wright-Pat due to Sequestration

  • May 16, 2013
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“It is literally lights out at our military bases,” Rep. Mike Turner said Thursday from the House floor in an effort to dramatize the impact of sequestration. Turner brought a photo of employees standing in a darkened hallway at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where the lights had been turned off in an effort to save money. In an interview earlier this month, the commander of the 88th Air Base Wing outlined the cuts Wright-Pat is being forced to take to address a 40 percent reduction — more than $30 million — in its budget …

Pace of Departures Quickens at Ft. Benning

  • May 15, 2013
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The pace at which soldiers are leaving the Army has increased at Fort Benning, Ga., this year, as the Maneuver Center of Excellence already has topped its total of 4,300 separations in 2012. Last year about 150 soldiers left each month, but now more than 200 service members are leaving the military per month, said Eddie Perez, the post’s transition services manager …

Air Force Decision Expected Shortly on KC-46A Basing

  • May 15, 2013
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The wait is almost over for nine candidate bases vying to host the Air Force’s new KC-46A tankers. By June 1, the Air Force is expected to announce its preferred base for each of three categories — main operating and training bases led by active-duty units, and a main operating base led by a National Guard unit. In Wichita, Kan., the home of McConnell AFB, community leaders are hoping the base is chosen in one of the two active-base categories it is vying …

Furloughs Limited at DODEA Schools

  • May 15, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s announcement Tuesday that civilian employees would be forced to take 11 days of unpaid leave during the last three months of the fiscal year provided exceptions for significant segments of the workforce, including workers at DOD schools and the Navy’s four public shipyards. About 11,000 teachers, aides and other workers at DOD Education Activity schools will be limited to a maximum of five days of furloughs, which will be taken at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year …

Better Planning Data, Civilian Liaison Would Benefit Growth Communities, GAO Finds

  • May 14, 2013
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Providing additional planning data identifying where military personnel and their families live and establishing a long-term civilian point of contact at an installation are two changes that would help defense communities better prepare for mission growth in future BRAC rounds, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. While officials at growth installations exchanged planning information with their host communities concerning projected changes in military and civilian personnel, and school-age children, community officials interviewed by the congressional watchdog agency said they needed more specific information …

Bremerton Businesses Buoyed by Return of Aircraft Carrier

  • May 14, 2013
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Car dealerships, restaurants and many other businesses in Bremerton, Wash., know when an aircraft carrier has returned to its homeport at Naval Base Kitsap, located in West Puget Sound. Many car dealerships said sales jumped last week by 10 percent to 20 percent due to the return of the USS John C. Stennis, reported the Kitsap Sun. The impact of the carrier’s arrival on area housing will not become apparent as quickly. Many Stennis sailors take leave after their deployment, choosing to leave the area or return to their hometowns before returning to Bremerton. Some also have on-base options. And if past behavior holds true, in about nine months Harrison Medical Center likely will experience an uptick in births.

Pentagon Visits Leave Local Officials Confident in Cherry Point’s Future

  • May 13, 2013
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Following two days of visits with senior officials at the Pentagon last week, representatives from Craven County say local efforts to strengthen Eastern North Carolina’s Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East are paying off. “Senior civilians in the Pentagon do notice what we have done for Cherry Point, regarding encroachment and in terms of infrastructure improvements and planning and positioning ourselves for future growth …

Military-Friendly Policies Advance in South Carolina Legislature

  • May 13, 2013
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Three measures intended to improve quality of life for service members, their families and veterans appear headed for passage in the South Carolina Legislature, the latest effort by Palmetto State lawmakers to support the military. The state has paid close attention to a list of 10 military-friendly policies the Pentagon is encouraging states to adopt. The policies cover issues such as the portability of professional licenses for military spouses, easing the way for personnel to receive licensing and academic credit for military training and experience, and increasing access to child care …

State Supports Intersection Improvement Project outside Groton Sub Base

  • May 9, 2013
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Workers last week demolished an abandoned building opposite the main gate to Naval Submarine Base New London, the first step in a project designed to increase base security, and improve traffic flow and public safety. The razing of an abandoned drycleaners produced the effort’s first benefit, eliminating an eyesore that had turned into a physical and environmental hazard for the Connecticut base and the town of Groton, reported the Dolphin. “The building was a huge environmental and security liability,” said Robert Ross …

Dire Predictions of Sequester’s Impact ‘Grossly Overblown,’ Study Says

  • May 9, 2013
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Forecasts that $500 billion in defense cuts will have a grave effect on the economy and jobs are “grossly overblown,” according to a new study published by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. The study’s authors, Harvard University economist Robert Barro and Mercatus senior research fellow Veronique de Rugy, argue that a drop in federal spending on defense will result in greater economic growth due to a rise in private spending. They estimate that over five years each dollar in defense cuts will increase private spending by roughly $1.30 …

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