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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

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 …

Air Force Merges BRAC Programs into Single Directorate

  • April 30, 2013
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The Air Force has merged all staff working on BRAC missions, including environmental and real property pre-transfer operations, under one directorate within the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, officials announced Tuesday. Effective April 22, 45 staff, including civilian and support contractors, transitioned into the Installation Directorate’s BRAC Program Management Division led by Stephen TerMaath. The move follows last October’s creation of the civil engineer center …

Army Needs BRAC Now, McHugh Says

  • April 30, 2013
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The Army is spending millions of dollars on installations that are “simply unusable” as the cost of upkeep for antiquated facilities climbs exorbitantly, Secretary John McHugh told reporters Tuesday. As the Army struggles to absorb deep spending cuts, eliminating unneeded installations would provide it with funds that could be used elsewhere. McHugh told reporters that he supports the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2015, reported the Hill. The secretary acknowledged the political perils that await anyone who supports another round of base closures and agreed that shuttering a large post could be harmful to the local economy. But the “highly effective use” of BRAC could generate a significant savings for DOD, he said.

Matrix Lauded for Effort to Implement Eglin AFB JLUS Recommendations

  • April 29, 2013
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Colorado-based Matrix Design Group was awarded the Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project by the American Planning Association’s Federal Planning Division for helping communities in northwest Florida implement recommendations in the joint land use study for Eglin Air Force Base. Matrix’s effort was cited as “an outstanding example of collaboration between federal, state, jurisdictions and local stakeholders to manage the interface between community land uses and military activities …

Impact of Automatic Spending Cuts Already Apparent in Arizona

  • April 29, 2013
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Sequestration has already made a dent in local economies throughout Arizona, where 43,000 workers are employed by the defense industry, according to government officials. Government and business leaders are most concerned about the impact on smaller companies, the second- and third-tier companies in the defense supply chain, reported Politico. One challenge for officials is that there is no warning when smaller suppliers are affected by production cutbacks at larger manufacturers …

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