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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Lt. Governor’s ‘Listening’ Tour Stops at Three Illinois Defense Communities

  • August 18, 2013
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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon recently held listening sessions at the host communities of three military installations to gain a better understanding of the quality of life for residents neighboring Scott Air Force Base, Rock Island Arsenal and Naval Station Great Lakes. On the final stop of her tour in North Chicago, Simon and researchers from the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs held small group discussions with residents about their satisfaction with employment opportunities, schools, infrastructure and health care …

States Look to Soar as Commercial UAS Industry Takes Off

  • August 18, 2013
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State officials and others working to boost their region’s economic development prospects are positioning themselves to benefit from expected growth in the commercial market for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Federal Aviation Administration’s competition to host one of six research and test sites for integrating UAS with manned aircraft is only the next step as states vie to attract development as the market expands from primarily military applications to a myriad number of civilian uses …

House Lawmakers Press Navy on Impact of Eliminating Carriers

  • August 18, 2013
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In a letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services’ Seapower Subcommittee express their concern about the impact of reducing the number of carrier strike groups from 11 to eight or nine, an option under consideration as the Pentagon attempts to cope with $500 billion in further spending cuts imposed under sequestration. “We understand that discussions at this time about future force structure decisions are based solely on potential approaches for dealing with sequestration,” Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and ranking member Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) wrote Mabus last week …

Possible Consolidation of Regional Commands Would Eliminate Thousands of Positions

  • August 18, 2013
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The Pentagon is considering a handful of options for realigning its six regional combatant commands and eliminating thousands of military and civilian positions as the department struggles to find ways to absorb up to $500 billion in further budget cuts through fiscal 2021. Taken together, the realignments under discussion could eliminate two commands and eight service-supporting commands, totaling more than 5,000 service members and civilian employees, reports Defense News …

North Carolina Legislators Create Commission to Support Military Facilities

  • August 8, 2013
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A panel charged with fostering North Carolina’s military installations was established Aug. 1 through legislation signed last month by Gov. Pat McCrory (R). The measure creating the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission abolishes the state’s Advisory Commission on Military Affairs and describes a broad set of goals for the panel as part of its mission to “increase the role that North Carolina’s military installations, the National Guard and Reserves play in America’s defense strategy and the economic health and vitality of the state …

Mississippi Officials Pledge to Preserve State’s Installations

  • August 8, 2013
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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) and members of the state’s congressional delegation pledged Thursday to protect and promote the state’s military missions. Bryant and state congressional members met with the Mississippi Military Communities Council to talk about strategies to defend the state in a future BRAC round, reported the Clarion Ledger. When he became governor, Bryant re-established the council to advise state officials on actions that could affect the state’s military bases and communities that support them …

Lt. Governor Begins Tour of Pennsylvania’s Military Installations

  • August 7, 2013
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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley (R) visited the Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna on Tuesday, the first stop on a tour intended to kick off an initiative to protect the state’s 12 military installations in a future BRAC round. Cawley was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in September to chair the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission, a role requiring him to advocate for the state’s military facilities and the important role they play in the state economy and national security …

Local Officials Look to Use State Funds to Buffer Davis-Monthan AFB

  • August 6, 2013
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Officials in Pima County, Ariz., striving to protect Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from encroachment intend to apply for state funds to purchase land on the installation’s east border. The effort would help ensure the survival of the base located in Tucson while providing a buffer from noise, Bruce Dusenberry, former president of DM-50, the installation’s local support group, told KVOA.com. Some residents neighboring the installation, however, say the money would be better spent protecting their homes from aircraft noise …

Pentagon Review Broaches Prospect of Eliminating up to Three Carriers

  • August 6, 2013
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Dramatic cutbacks in force structure triggered by up to $500 billion in further spending reductions through fiscal 2021 would force defense officials to consider reducing the number of carrier strike groups from 11 to eight or nine, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said last week as he described the results of the Strategic Choices and Management Review. Defense News looks at how the Navy plausibly could carry out such a far-reaching change, which likely would have consequences for Navy bases, shipyards and the nation’s shipbuilders …

Proving Ground’s STEM Center Extends Outreach to Northeastern Maryland

  • August 5, 2013
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Last week’s opening of the STEM and Education Outreach Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the latest initiative by the installation to further science and technology education throughout the Chesapeake Corridor, will usher in a new era of partnerships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for northeastern Maryland and beyond, according to Army officials. The STEM Center’s opening was “a great day for the state of Maryland and a great day for Aberdeen Proving Ground,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, senior commander at the proving ground and commanding general at the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command …

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