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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Opposition over Jet Noise from NAS Whidbey Island Prompts Lawsuit

  • January 5, 2014
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A years-long dispute between residents living near an outlying landing field (OLF) used to train pilots based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in northwest Washington and the Navy is no closer to resolution as installation officials end a temporary moratorium on practicing takeoffs and landings at the airfield. Local opposition to training flights by Navy Growlers, used to suppress enemy radar, flying from their home base 10 miles south to OLF Coupeville has grown since the aircraft first arrived in 2008 …

Defense Spending Remains Steady Part of Alaska’s Economy

  • January 5, 2014
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Spending at Alaska’s military installations has played a significant role in the state’s economy over the past decade, according to a new report from the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development. After falling to 17,696 in 2002, the number of active-duty service members has remained over 20,000 since 2004 and stood at 22,438 in 2012. DOD’s civilian workforce in Alaska also is substantial, accounting for 7,255 positions and $452 million in payroll in 2012 …

Governor Advances Replacement Facility for Okinawan Air Base

  • January 2, 2014
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The governor of Okinawa last week approved the start of construction for the replacement for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, a move that no longer is directly linked to the realignment of thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam but one that remains vital to rebalancing the footprint of U.S. Armed Forces in Japan. “This decision comes after many years of sustained effort between the United States and Japan, and it is the most significant milestone achieved in these realignment efforts so far,” according to a written statement issued by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel …

San Antonio Eyes Potential for Attracting New Cybersecurity Missions in Next BRAC

  • January 2, 2014
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San Antonio officials are confident the city’s military installations are well positioned for a future base closure round and are pointing to the potential for building on the region’s strength in cybersecurity to attract new missions in the next BRAC. “We have an opportunity to augment and grow what we already have,” John Dickson, a principal at San Antonio-based Denim Group, told the San Antonio Business Journal. “I think we are more confident this time that our existing facilities are in a strong position and that will allow us to try to supplement and add to the missions that we currently have …

Defense Communities Soar in FAA Competition for UAS Test Sites

  • January 2, 2014
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Multiple defense communities will benefit from the Federal Aviation Administration’s selection of six winning proposals to develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites, with one active-base community and one BRAC site hosting research locations, and numerous military installations expected to participate in the effort to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace. State and local officials from across the country anxiously awaited Monday’s announcement as winning hosts of test sites are expected to bolster their economies through the growth of companies and university programs involved in UAS research and manufacturing …

Decision to Place Army Cyber Command at Ft. Gordon is Augusta’s Gain

  • December 22, 2013
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Last week’s announcement that the Army will consolidate its Cyber Command at Fort Gordon is expected to be a huge boon for Augusta, with the new headquarters bringing an estimated 1,500 military, civilian and contractor personnel to East Georgia. “It’s obviously huge for Augusta; to say we’re thrilled is an understatement,” said Walter Sprouse Jr., executive director of the city’s economic development authority …

Army Command, Virginia Commonwealth U. Create Joint Degree Program

  • December 19, 2013
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The Army Logistics University and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are partnering to create a new graduate degree program in supply chain management beginning in fall 2014. The 12-month joint program will be part of the VCU School of Business and will teach students how to manage the complexities of global supply chains by using applied research programs, analyzing real-world problems, and working with local firms and government agencies …

OEA Awards Grants to Texas, Wisconsin Communities to Address Downsizing

  • December 19, 2013
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The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is awarding community economic adjustment grants totaling $1.3 million to local officials in East Central Wisconsin and Northeast Texas following the loss of more than 1,000 positions at each location, the Defense Department announced Thursday. The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission will receive $837,315 to support the region’s response to the loss of 1,200 positions at Oshkosh Corp.’s Defense Division …

Changing Fortunes at Ohio Guard Base Reflect Dispute among Air Force Components

  • December 18, 2013
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A story in Tuesday’s Washington Post chronicling the evolving mission of the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard points to the larger question of how the Air Force will allocate looming force structure cuts among its active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve components. Of course, others will have a say as well, including the Pentagon and Congress. One key milestone is the February deadline for the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, mandated by Congress, to weigh in on the relative roles of the three components …

Armed Services Committees Call for Joint Basing Study

  • December 18, 2013
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The Defense Department would be required to assess whether the joint basing initiative has producing any savings and whether the potential exists for additional savings, under a provision in the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill scheduled to be voted on today by the Senate. The joint basing initiative, a BRAC 2005 recommendation, merged installation support functions at two, and sometimes three, bases — often located contiguously — at 12 locations around the nation. However, lawmakers have been concerned that the initiative has not generated the savings initially projected …

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