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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Are Your Community and Base Ready to Partner through a Shared Services Agreement?

  • October 8, 2013
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Efforts by DOD and defense communities to take advantage of a new authority allowing installations and their host communities to share base support services through intergovernmental support agreements have stepped up considerably since the law was enacted in January. The Air Force began moving ahead earlier this year at 15 locations to identify partnering opportunities, while the Army’s initiative to determine if its posts can benefit from the legislation ramped up this summer. Both services see the potential for reducing their installation support costs as a way to mitigate the impact of declining budgets …

Oklahoma Planning Commission Extends Mission Capabilities of State’s Installations

  • October 7, 2013
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After the planning efforts of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission helped the state’s five installations weather the 2005 round of base closure, the group has continued to strengthen the bases’ position in anticipation of future BRAC rounds. Oklahoma is one of the few states that haven’t suffered a closure during the five BRAC rounds. Joe Leverett, the commission’s representative for Altus, home of Altus Air Force Base, attributes that record at least partially to community support …

Civilian Workers Stream Back to Work

  • October 7, 2013
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Hundreds of thousands of DOD civilians returned to work Monday after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the end of emergency furloughs imposed when the government shut down last Tuesday. The recall should allow 90 percent or more of furloughed workers to return to work, according to Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale. Hale told reporters at a press briefing over the weekend he didn’t know exactly what portion of the furloughed civilian workforce would come to work early this week …

Nevada Governor Creates Panel to Keep BRAC at Bay

  • October 6, 2013
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) recently issued an executive order creating a council to preserve the state’s military missions and infrastructure in a looming base closure round. Sandoval said there are active, guard and reserve bases in Nevada and “we must use our every effort to protect and expand those assets.” The goal of the council is to craft recommendations that will help the state retain and build its existing military installations. The co-chairs of the panel will be the state’s veteran services director and adjutant general, according to the executive order. Nevada is home to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nellis Air Force Base, Creech AFB and Hawthorne Army Depot.

Defense Communities Suffer Disproportionate Hit from Sequestration

  • October 6, 2013
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Sequestration is falling most heavily on counties with a military installation, according to a new analysis prepared by the Financial Times and the Center for Public Integrity. The per capita impact of automatic budget cuts on the 388 counties with at least one military installation was $312 in fiscal 2013, compared to a $171 per capita impact in the 2,727 counties without an installation …

Installation, Family Support Workers Headed Back to Work

  • October 6, 2013
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Many, if not most, civilian workers employed at military installations will be able to return from the emergency furloughs imposed one week ago after Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government running in the new fiscal year. The federal government’s interpretation of the Pay Our Military Act means that a large swath of civilian workers who provide ongoing support to military members can be recalled, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told reporters Saturday. In general, civilians that focus on the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of military members can return to work as soon as Monday …

U.S., Japan Codify Changes to Marine Corps Realignment

  • October 3, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry and their Japanese counterparts reaffirmed their commitment to shift thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam during a signing ceremony Thursday in Tokyo. Under the realignment plan, which was revised in April 2012, up to 5,000 Marines will relocate to Guam beginning in the mid-2020s, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters. The Japanese government will contribute $3.1 billion to support the effort to build new facilities to accommodate the troops …

Are There Ways for DOD to Trim Excess Capacity outside of a New BRAC Round?

  • October 3, 2013
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The Defense Department is under enormous pressure to support a capable fighting force while its budget is subject to deep spending cuts. But the most obvious solution to addressing the combination of a declining force structure and the need to slash overhead — holding a new round of base closures — so far has been declared off limits to DOD by Congress. Next month, ADC is sponsoring a half-day Defense Policy Forum that will explore ways the military can either pare back its excess infrastructure, or at least slash spending on installation support, while more efficiently using its real estate holdings in the absence of a new BRAC round …

Businesses Bordering New Jersey Base Urge End to Government Shutdown

  • October 3, 2013
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The impact of this week’s government shutdown is all too clear to the mayor of Wrightstown, the central New Jersey town outside the front gate of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Traffic on the way to the installation in the morning is down by 60 to 70 percent, said Tom Harper from the vantage point of his Liberty gas station. And a drop in the number of cars is bad for Harper’s business and dozens of others in Wrightstown …

Shutdown Expected to Exacerbate Impact of Retrenchment in Defense Communities

  • October 2, 2013
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Coming on the heels of sequestration and planned reductions in troop strength, the government shutdown is the latest piece of bad news for businesses that support the nation’s military installations. Communities which depend on the military for a significant portion of their economic output are particularly vulnerable, especially following the boom in military contracting since 9/11. The Fayetteville, N.C., region, which is home to Fort Bragg, relies on the military for 37 percent of its business …

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