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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Army Closes Chemical Weapons Disposal Facility at Pine Bluff

  • January 29, 2014
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The Army formally closed the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in central Arkansas earlier this month following a three-year effort to decontaminate and dismantle the facility that destroyed about 12 percent of the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile. The systems contractor for the project, URS, removed its last workers from the site, located at Pine Bluff Arsenal, on Dec. 19. Twenty-four buildings associated with the disposal facility, which were not involved in the processing of chemical weapons, were left standing and were turned over to Pine Bluff Arsenal for reuse …

City Purchasing Properties to Buffer Langley AFB

  • January 29, 2014
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The city of Hampton, Va., has begun purchasing properties in the clear zone of Langley Air Force Base (LAFB) as part of an effort to protect residents in the event of an accident and to demonstrate its resolve to support the installation. The initiative stems from a 2010 joint land use study that recommended spending $12 million to purchase 31 acres to extend Langley’s buffer zone, reported the Daily Press. Hampton and the state have each agreed to pitch in $3 million to purchase land from willing sellers …

Community Network Provides Inpatient, Specialty Care for Ft. Drum Personnel

  • January 29, 2014
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For the past two decades Fort Drum has relied on a unique partnership with its host community for an inpatient medical facility and most specialty care, a byproduct of the close integration that exists between the North Country region of New York and the Army for providing other services such as schools and housing. The longstanding partnership between Fort Drum and civilian healthcare providers dates to 1985 when the Army reactivated the 10th Mountain Division. Rather than building an inpatient facility on post to serve the two brigades’ 10,000 personnel, Army leaders decided to take advantage of the excess capacity in local hospitals …

HASC Lawmakers Urge DOD to Retain Carriers

  • January 28, 2014
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A bipartisan group of 11 House Armed Services Committee lawmakers wrote Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday urging the Pentagon not to retire any of the Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. “There is no doubt that there is enduring bipartisan support for a robust Navy supporting a capital fleet of 11 nuclear aircraft carriers,” stated the letter headed up by Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) also signed the letter. The letter was written after Defense News reported this week that DOD officials are considering whether to eliminate one carrier and one carrier air wing in the 2015 budget, reported the Hill.

No Plans to Close Commissaries, Dempsey Says

  • January 28, 2014
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The Pentagon has not decided to close military grocery stores, but officials are looking for savings anywhere possible to mitigate the impact of budget constraints, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday. Officials asked the Defense Commissary Agency to assess the impact of reducing or eliminating taxpayer subsidies for the system, Dempsey said. Military exchanges do not receive a federal subsidy, and the same potential exists with commissaries, he noted …

City to Purchase Tract near Shaw AFB

  • January 28, 2014
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The city of Sumter, S.C., plans to purchase a 694-acre tract near Shaw Air Force Base as part of an effort to protect the installation from encroachment and preserve its ability to carry out its missions far into the future. Much of the acquisition, estimated to cost $2 million, will be paid for by the Conservation Fund. The city plans to pay only about $25,000 toward the cost, reported WISTV. The property likely would become an urban forest …

Ayotte Warns Air Force against Making Preparations to Retire A-10s

  • January 27, 2014
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Efforts by the Air Force to prepare to retire its A-10 fleet would violate the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) wrote Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week. “It has come to my attention that the Air Force may be taking steps to prepare to retire the A-10 in violation of current law,” Ayotte wrote in a letter Friday, reported the Hill. The FY 2014 defense policy bill states that the service “may not retire, prepare to retire or place in storage” any additional A-10 Warthogs during the fiscal year …

Connecticut to Study Impact of Defense Cuts on Industry Supply Chain through OEA Grant

  • January 27, 2014
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DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) has awarded the state of Connecticut and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) a $1.3 million planning grant to better understand how cuts in federal spending on defense contracts will affect New England’s defense supply chain and industry-related work performed in the state and region. “We are talking about an industry that employs tens of thousands of workers and generates billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenue — it is simply too important not to prepare ourselves for possible cuts to defense spending,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy …

Relocation of Army Units Restricted under Omnibus

  • January 26, 2014
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The Army is restricted from relocating units from installations with a significant proportion of civilian employees, according to the omnibus spending bill signed into law earlier this month. The military construction section of the legislation bars the Army from using fiscal 2014 funds to relocate a unit at an installation in which the total number of civilian employees of the Army and contractor personnel exceeds 10 percent of the total number of members of the Army’s regular and reserve components assigned to the installation …

State Funding Could Bolster Ft. Bragg’s Standing in Next BRAC Round

  • January 26, 2014
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Fort Bragg most likely isn’t in danger of suffering the loss of any significant mission in a future BRAC, but installation leadership and the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance wants to shore up several weaknesses that could prevent the post from benefiting from the next base closure round. One shortcoming is the poor road infrastructure of the Fayetteville, N.C., post, garrison commander Col. Jeffrey Sanborn said at the alliance’s annual meeting Friday. Of Fort Bragg’s 57 major intersections, 42 are considered failed or failing …

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