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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

City seeks Virginia Funds to Protect Landing Field from Development

  • October 23, 2013
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The city of Chesapeake, Va., will seek $2.5 million in state matching funds to protect Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field from encroachment. The move represents the first time Chesapeake has sought state funds to protect Fentress, which supports field carrier landing practice operations by aircraft based at nearby Naval Air Station Oceana and other naval installations in the region. The funds would be used to purchase land and development rights to expand the safety zone around the airfield, reported the Virginian-Pilot. The city previously has spent $4.3 million to purchase hundreds of acres near Fentress, but has recovered $1.8 million of that from the Navy under a cost-sharing agreement.

Army to Reduce Headquarters Staffing by 25 Percent

  • October 23, 2013
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In an effort to find additional savings that can help maintain the service’s force structure, Army Secretary John McHugh has directed senior Army officials to pare headquarters staffs by 25 percent rather than the 20 percent cut Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called for. “The chief and I felt very strongly that headquarters reduction was a place that we could just do things more smartly and do it with fewer people,” said McHugh …

Army May Conduct New Analysis to Assess Impacts of Further Downsizing

  • October 23, 2013
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Army officials are reviewing whether they need to launch a new comprehensive environmental analysis of the impacts associated with drops in the service’s end strength below the 490,000 active-duty soldiers it plans to have by fiscal 2015. At the same time officials are evaluating whether further reductions in force structure will be needed, they will determine whether the assessment completed earlier this year for the initial set of changes can be used as the basis for the next set, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

Army Looks to Shared Services Authority for Long-Term Benefits

  • October 23, 2013
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Senior Army installation officials are eager for community and garrison leaders to identify potential opportunities to share municipal services and other base support functions, but at the same time are emphasizing the need to move forward deliberately to ensure the initiative is carried out on a sound legal basis. At a media briefing held in conjunction with the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, on Wednesday indicated the Army has high hopes for the savings that intergovernmental support agreements between installations and local government could generate, particularly in light of the growing pressure on the military’s budget for installation support …

Grand Forks AFB to Sign EUL with County for UAS Technology Park

  • October 20, 2013
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The Air Force will sign an enhanced use lease (EUL) with Grand Forks County for the development of a business and technology park at Grand Forks Air Force Base designed to advance the development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced last week. The county is partnering with the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee and the Center for Innovation Foundation. Officials plan to sign the lease for the Grand Sky development, which will cover 217 acres, in December …

Public Outreach Events Reinstated, But at Reduced Levels

  • October 20, 2013
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The services will resume community and public outreach activities in the current fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced operating level, according to a memo issued by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Many community and public outreach activities — such as air shows, band appearances, port visits and service weeks — were cancelled entirely earlier this year to mitigate the impact of sequestration. The cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal 2014 …

Massachusetts Officials Seek Innovative Partnerships with State’s Installations

  • October 20, 2013
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Local and state officials from Massachusetts kicked off an initiative Thursday intended to identify ways the state’s six military installations could collaborate with their host communities. The aim of the community support initiative, led by the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, is to help the bases become more efficient and to form stronger ties to their neighbors as the Pentagon faces declining budgets, reports MetroWest Daily News. If DOD carries out a new BRAC round, the department will look favorably at innovative installations, said former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray …

Growth in Cyber Missions at Fort Meade Spurs Construction Boom outside Gates

  • October 15, 2013
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Rapid growth at Fort Meade, located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Md., has transformed its surrounding community with an influx of new employees and high-paying jobs. As the longtime home of the National Security Agency, Fort Meade is the center of electronic intelligence and cyber operations for the nation. Growth around the post was spurred by the creation of U.S. Cyber Command in 2010 and relocation of the Defense Information Systems Agency in 2011 …

Virginia Suffers Most Severely from Shutdown

  • October 15, 2013
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Virginia, with a robust military presence in Hampton Roads and a strong reliance on federal contracting, came in first in a ranking of states based on the potential impact of the partial government shutdown. The ranking took into account factors such as federal employees per capita and federal contracting dollars per capita, measures in which Virginia ranked second. The next most-affected states after Virginia are Alaska, Alabama, the District of Columbia and Maine …

Guard’s Military Technicians Earned Reprieve from Shutdown Furloughs

  • October 14, 2013
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Nearly all of the 40,000 dual-status military technicians employed by the National Guard returned to work last week after initially being furloughed, but the Guard and Reserves still are affected by the partial government shutdown. Monthly drills, unless they are needed to prepare for an overseas deployment, and the paychecks they earn have been cancelled, affecting nearly 400,000 Guard members, said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, vice chief of the National Guard Bureau …

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