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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Air Force Commission Considers Proposal to Merge Guard, Reserve

  • November 10, 2013
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The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force weighed a proposal to merge the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve during a hearing last month, but testimony from top Air Force officials strongly opposed the idea. The plan to combine the two reserve components into one command structure came to the commission from five retired generals. The plan is intended to save money by eliminating redundancies without forfeiting capability …

Installation Officials Focused FY’13 Budget Cuts on Facilities Sustainment, GAO Finds

  • November 10, 2013
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Facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization (FSRM) accounts took the brunt of cuts imposed last year on base operating support as a result of sequestration, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Cutbacks in those accounts included projects involving repairs and renovations of existing facilities and demolition of excess facilities. Individual installation commanders across DOD retained considerable flexibility in how to trim base support services …

Recent Veterans Should Consider Texas Job Markets

  • November 7, 2013
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For newly transitioning service members, the Lone Star State may offer the most opportunities to start a civilian career, according to a new ranking sponsored by USAA. Texas claimed three out of the top five spots in the San Antonio-based financial services company’s 2013 Best Places for Veterans list. Houston claimed the top spot, with Dallas following right behind and Austin ranked fifth …

Climate Change Jeopardizes Norfolk Naval Station, Study Concludes

  • November 6, 2013
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The impacts of global climate change, including an increase in the severity of storms and a rise in sea level, will threaten Naval Station Norfolk, Va., by the second half of the century, according to a comprehensive, three-year-long study conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers. The study looked at the impacts of five types of storms on the installation based on varying increases in sea level up to six feet …

Welsh Urges Congressional Authority to Eliminate Excess Bases

  • November 5, 2013
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Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh wants Congress to authorize a new base closure round and allow the service to slash its end strength, two tools that would best help officials mitigate the impact of $500 billion in further defense cuts. “We need help in planning for the future,” Welsh the Colorado Springs Gazette. “Those two things make up 55 percent of our overall budget …

Grand Forks Picks Developer for Tech Park at Air Force Base

  • October 31, 2013
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Grand Forks County commissioners chose FDSL, a joint venture between FD Stonewater and Lynxs Group, to develop a tech park near Grand Forks Air Force Base…

Congressional Staff Briefed on Shared Services

  • October 31, 2013
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Senior DOD officials, House Armed Services Committee staff and community experts briefed Capitol Hill staff Wednesday on the new authority allowing installations and their host communities to share base support services through intergovernmental agreements…

Studies Show Robins AFB Communities’ Strengths, Weaknesses for Potential BRAC

  • October 31, 2013
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The 21st Century Partnership, the community partner for Robins Air Force Base, announced the results of 15 studies commissioned in preparation for a potential Base Realignment and Closure Commission round in 2017. The organization plans to use the data…

Campbell Praises Fort Sill Mentor Program during National Tour on Drawdown Impact

  • October 30, 2013
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A program that pairs new soldiers with soldier-mentors who have spent time on base earned praise from the Army’s second highest-ranking officer. Gen. John Campbell praised the program during a tour of Fort Sill with Raymond Chandler III…

Army ‘Will Partner with Anyone’ to Cut Costs, Ferriter Says

  • October 30, 2013
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The Army is seeking to expand the success of privatization of housing and utilities to nearly all commercial-like services, according to senior Army officials. “We will partner with anyone who can cut costs,” the Army’s top installations official, Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, said last week…

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