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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Central Louisiana Community Turns out to Save Brigade at Ft. Polk

  • April 28, 2013
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Since the beginning of April, the Army has held listening sessions at more than two dozen installations to gather input from community and business leaders about the potential economic impacts of the service’s plan to trim its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, attracting hundreds of people at some locations. Perhaps no host community has done a better job of mobilizing support for its Army post than Leesville and other central Louisiana towns neighboring Fort Polk. Not only did the community draw a standing-room-only crowd to the meeting place, but residents lined the streets of downtown Leesville waving signs and flags to create a parade-like atmosphere as Army officials arrived …

Drawdown of Overseas Troops Complete for Now, Dempsey Says

  • April 25, 2013
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Despite pressure on the Pentagon to squeeze further savings from its budget, officials are not contemplating further reductions in overseas troops, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told services members at Yokota Air Base Thursday. “I don’t think you will see dramatic changes in our forward situation,” Dempsey said. “I’m an advocate of having a significant portion of the force forward-stationed in places like Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia …

Pentagon Not Waiting for Next BRAC, DOD Official Says

  • April 24, 2013
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Defense officials are considering approaches beyond BRAC to reduce the department’s infrastructure costs, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told lawmakers Wednesday. “We’re not sitting idle waiting for BRAC; that’s why we kicked off the European round already,” he told the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee …

Air Force Exploring Installation-Community Partnerships, Ferguson Testifies

  • April 24, 2013
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The Air Force and more than a dozen of its host communities are embracing the use of partnerships to help trim base operating costs, the service’s top installations official told the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee Wednesday. “Installation-community partnerships are one approach to reducing operating and service costs while enhancing and retaining quality,” Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, told lawmakers …

Senate Readiness Panel Remains Skeptical of Need for BRAC

  • April 24, 2013
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For anyone who’s followed Congress’ response to the Obama administration’s request to hold a new base closure round in 2015, Wednesday’s hearing of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee must have brought on a sense of déjà vu. Like last month’s hearing on the House side, the panel’s chairman and ranking member each voiced their opposition to a new BRAC round during their opening statements. Subcommittee Chair Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) reminded the DOD witnesses that she opposed the administration’s request last year for two rounds and declared that nothing has changed since then …

Monterey Hosting Workshop on Public-Private Partnerships

  • April 23, 2013
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The city of Monterey, Calif., is holding a two-day workshop next week to help other defense communities better understand the partnership the city has formed with the Presidio of Monterey under which it provides a range of municipal services to the installation. The partnership has dramatically reduced the Army’s spending on base support and helped to sustain its mission …

Army End Strength Could Drop by 100,000 if Sequestration Remains in Effect

  • April 23, 2013
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The Army could be forced to eliminate at least 100,000 soldiers over the coming decade if sequestration remains in effect through fiscal 2021, the service’s top officials told lawmakers Tuesday. “One hundred thousand is the minimum,” Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “If it goes to full sequestration, it will probably be more than that …

Spending Cuts May Force Decision on BRAC, Donley Says

  • April 23, 2013
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Funding constraints are causing the Air Force to curtail training for 13 fighter and bomber squadrons through the end of the fiscal year, but belt-tightening may help the Air Force reach one of its long-term goals, paring down its portfolio of bases. “It’s a significant forcing function,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Tuesday of one benefit of dealing with spending cuts …

Long-Term Outlook Uncertain for Hampton Roads Contractors

  • April 22, 2013
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An infusion of funds for DOD’s operations account courtesy of the full-year fiscal 2013 defense spending bill Congress passed in March has granted the Hampton Roads, Va., region a reprieve from many of the overhaul and other ship maintenance projects the Navy earlier had suspended. But sequestration, which could slash the defense budget by almost $500 billion through FY 2021, is still lurking and defense contractors in the area remain anxious about the future, reports the Virginian-Pilot …

Army Already Consolidating European Basing, Hammack Says

  • April 22, 2013
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One argument lawmakers have made to counter the administration’s request to hold a new BRAC round is that the Defense Department first should review its overseas infrastructure before scrutinizing its domestic real estate. The Army already is in the midst of an effort to consolidate its European footprint, points out Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. The service is on pace to reduce its force structure in Europe by more than 45 percent by the end of 2016 …

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