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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Grounding Air Wings Not Necessary, Navy Official Says

  • May 7, 2013
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The Navy will not be forced to ground four of its 10 air wings, as it had earlier warned, but instead it will drastically reduce flying hours. Flight hours are being slashed to the lowest level needed to maintain baseline safety standards and efficient aircraft maintenance, Rear Adm. Ted Branch said Monday. The cuts are expected to save the Navy $2 million per month per air wing, said Branch, who is responsible for six East Coast-based aircraft carriers and associated air wings …

N.C. Bill Would Steer Wind Farms away from Military Flight Paths

  • May 7, 2013
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A measure passed by the North Carolina House last week is designed to prevent wind energy projects from proceeding until the state and local governments have an opportunity to determine whether they would interfere with military training. HB 484 would require the developer to obtain a $3,500 state permit and to address the potential that the project encroaches on flight training or other military operations …

Central Texas Community ‘Generally Supportive’ of BRAC

  • May 6, 2013
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Lawmakers representing Texas districts with military installations have indicated they are opposed to holding a BRAC round in 2015, but one community in the state says it supports a new round, mostly because it’s easier to prepare for a transparent base closure process than a “free-for-all.” “We are generally supportive of a future BRAC,” Phil Neighbors, president of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, told the Times Record News. “The DOD has to take serious action to save money, and we’d rather have an organized BRAC process than a political free-for-all …

Mississippi Communities Remain on Watch for BRAC

  • May 6, 2013
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Mississippi communities have continued to invest in projects to benefit their local installations following the last round of base closures. After education was identified as a major concern during the 2005 round, the Golden Triangle communities neighboring Columbus Air Force Base have worked on several initiatives. To improve public schools, they built a new middle school and encouraged military children to attend the schools of a highly rated school district in the area …

Navy Reaches Deal to Practice Carrier Landings at NASA Facility

  • May 5, 2013
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The Navy signed an agreement last week with NASA allowing turboprop aircraft based in Norfolk, Va., to use the Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to practice carrier landings. Under the agreement, the Navy will pay NASA $1.9 million a year for repairs and upgrades to the airfield, as well as reimburse the agency for support services it uses, reported the Virginian-Pilot. The Navy’s selection in January of the Wallops facility as an alternate landing site provides a host of benefits to the federal government and the Norfolk region …

Huntsville-Area Schools Get Their BRAC Fix

  • May 5, 2013
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North Alabama schools will be the beneficiary of $175 million in state bond funds dedicated to school districts affected by BRAC mission growth, after Madison County lawmakers voted last week to allocate $5 million to the county school system to use as matching funds. The Alabama Legislature passed a measure last year to provide bond funds for construction and renovation of aging schools whose enrollments would be expanding due to BRAC growth, but no money had been allocated, reported the Huntsville Times. About 4,700 jobs moved to Redstone Arsenal following the last round of BRAC …

N.M. Lawmakers Vow to Stop Closure of Kirtland AFB Program

  • May 2, 2013
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New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say they will oppose the Air Force’s proposal to close the Operationally Responsive Space Office at Kirtland Air Force Base, a program which employs about 100 military, civilian and contractor personnel. “These cuts are penny-wise and pound-foolish and were explicitly rejected by Congress last year,” Heinrich said Wednesday. “It makes no sense to me that the Department of Defense — in an attempt to lower costs — has again proposed terminating a program that lowers costs in the first place …

Climate Change Threatens Coastal Installations, Panel Says

  • May 2, 2013
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Climate change is causing a host of changes — including rising sea levels, increased flooding and more intense storms — that threaten the cluster of military installations in Hampton Roads, Va., a panel of speakers concluded earlier this week. “All the major military bases in Hampton Roads are threatened by sea-level rise to one degree or another,” Joe Bouchard, a retired Navy captain and former commanding officer of Norfolk Naval Station, said at the town-hall meeting sponsored by Operation Free, a coalition that promotes bold action to counteract climate change …

Saving our Defense Infrastructure – An Open Letter from ADC

  • May 2, 2013
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Investing in our country’s defense infrastructure is critical to sustaining missions, supporting military families, and protecting our national security. No one understands this more than ADC’s members, the communities and states that serve as home to our military installations. As budget cuts, sequestration and changes in the future force structure begin to take hold, our defense infrastructure is taking the brunt of these cuts …

REPI Protects Wildlife Habitat while Combating Incompatible Development

  • May 1, 2013
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No one would argue that a primary goal of the military should be to protect threatened species and the sensitive habitats where they thrive, but helping to save rare plants and animals certainly is a nice side benefit to ensuring the armed forces can continue to train at the nation’s 440 installations. For the past eight years, DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative has helped to protect bases threatened by encroaching development by working with local governments and conservation organizations …

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