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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Governors Urge Administration to Protect Air Guard from Budget Cuts

  • January 23, 2014
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The nation’s governors are calling on the Pentagon to shield the Air National Guard from “disproportionate and damaging” cuts as it prepares its fiscal 2015 budget request. “Reductions in personnel and equipment are inevitable as we transition from war to peace, but they should not adversely affect states nor come at the expense of lost capabilities,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week during the National Governors Association’s State of the States address in Washington, D.C. “The Guard is a ready, capable and experienced fighting force, but they are also essential to their states and communities here at home …

City Has Decades before Kirtland AFB Fuel Spill Threatens Water Supply, Study Finds

  • January 22, 2014
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Albuquerque has 30 years before a huge plume from a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill would reach the nearest municipal drinking water well, according to preliminary results from a study by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The study also concluded that Albuquerque’s wells could be protected by a pump-and-treat remedy that extracts the contamination from the ground, reported the Albuquerque Journal. “It takes it out of crisis mode,” Tom Blaine of the New Mexico Environment Department said of the new results. The agency previously had estimated the contamination might reach the nearest municipal well in five to seven years, according to the story. The plume stems from a decades-old leak discovered in 1999 from an underground pipe at Kirtland’s aircraft fuel loading facility. The spill is estimated to be up to 24 million gallons.

Buffer Zone at Mississippi Post to Provide Carbon Offsets for Sale

  • January 22, 2014
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In a first for the Defense Department, a 1,522-acre parcel purchased by the Mississippi Army National Guard to protect Camp Shelby from encroachment will participate in California’s carbon market and generate about $10 million by selling carbon sequestration credits. The Army National Guard purchased the property last month from the Weyerhaeuser Co. through the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program and will place it into conservation through its ACUB partner, the Compatible Lands Foundation. The Army National Guard is trying to create a buffer around Camp Shelby to preserve its ability to train there as well as the surrounding critical habitat …

Bill Would Give Indiana Communities New Tool to Support Military Installations

  • January 22, 2014
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Legislation intended to provide communities an additional tool to support a neighboring military installation advanced last week in the Indiana Senate. The measure would allow local redevelopment commissions to spend money to support, promote or expand federal facilities, reported the Journal Gazette. It would allow communities to improve a base’s infrastructure, including roads and buildings, said State Sen. Jim Banks (R). Banks cited the possibility that Fort Wayne could take advantage of the legislation to bolster its case for retaining the Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing. “This is our opportunity to tell the federal government we are serious about keeping that investment in our state,” Banks said. Senate Bill 260 now moves to the full Senate.

Orlando Leaders Need State Money to Protect Simulation Cluster

  • January 22, 2014
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Central Florida leaders plan to ask state lawmakers for funding to expand an Orlando research park that is home to key components of the region’s defense simulation cluster, as part of an effort to stave off a possible move by DOD to realign those assets to other locations with simulation and training specialties. A coalition of political, education and business leaders is hoping to add a $60 million complex to the Central Florida Research Park that would be leased at no cost to the military. Most importantly, the new facilities would provide space for DOD to expand at the park …

Reducing Army End Strength to 420,000 an Option, Senior Official Says

  • January 22, 2014
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The pressure of long-term budget constraints is forcing Army officials to consider difficult tradeoffs as they try to balance force structure, readiness and modernization, with a decision to shrink the service’s active-duty force to 420,000 one distinct possibility. “We’re on a glide path, and the monies are laid out to give us a 420,000 Army by 2019,” Lt. Gen. James Barclay III, the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G-8, told attendees at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Aviation Symposium & Exposition last week. “That doesn’t mean we’re set on going to 420, we’ve got some decision points built in, coming into the ’16, ’17 timeframe, so we’re taking a hard look at what is the right set …

Conservation Easement Averts Threat to NAS Lemoore from Housing Project

  • January 20, 2014
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The Navy’s purchase of a conservation easement from the developer of a housing subdivision outside of Naval Air Station Lemoore will prevent an incompatible land use that could jeopardize training at the central California installation. The agreement, which also involved West Hills Community College, was reached through DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program. The easement will stop the developer from building 230 proposed homes on a 53-acre site, reducing the project to only 50 homes, reported the Hanford Sentinel. Under the agreement, the community college becomes the conservator for the site and could use it for educational purposes. So far, though, the school plans to use the plot for irrigation drainage, according to the story.

Arizona Governor Highlights Need to Protect Luke AFB from Encroachment

  • January 20, 2014
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In two speeches last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said she would urge the state legislature to provide funding for the purchase of buffers around the state’s military installations needed to protect them from urban encroachment. “This year, I am calling on the legislature to renew support for the Military Installation Fund,” Brewer said. “That money will be used specifically to mitigate property encroachment and preserve military land use projects — without throwing that financial burden on private property owners …

Pentagon, Developer Strike Deal to Mitigate Impacts of Wind Farm

  • January 15, 2014
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Construction of a wind farm in eastern North Carolina will be able to go ahead after DOD and the developer reached an agreement to mitigate impacts to military flight training conducted from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, officials announced this week. Under the agreement, wind turbines will be placed no closer than four nautical miles from the centerline of a major training route in eastern North Carolina used by Seymour Johnson F-15Es and Navy and Marine Corps aircraft for low-level flight training and access to the Dare County Bombing Range …

Installation-Community Partnership Addresses Traffic Woes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

  • January 15, 2014
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Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and its host communities have joined together to relieve traffic congestion along the Interstate 5 corridor, the principal artery between Tacoma and Olympia, Wash., that runs through the installation. The nine-mile stretch of I-5 that runs through JBLM narrows from four to three lanes as it enters and leaves the base, creating gridlock as military personnel and civilian workers come and go each day. JBLM officials joined with local planning organizations, members of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership, and consultants from SCJ Alliance to tackle the region’s traffic problems, according to a presentation Tuesday at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington …

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