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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Veterans Push Back at Talk of Closing Commissaries

  • December 2, 2013
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Veterans and active duty service members at Fort Bragg and the neighboring community of Fayetteville, N.C., say commissaries provide a valuable benefit and would be greatly missed, a possibility raised by the recent news that top Pentagon officials have asked the Defense Commissary Agency to create a plan to close all stateside commissaries. Mark Erskine, commander of American Legion Post 230 and an Army veteran on 100 percent disability, cannot imagine losing the stores where he buys his food and basic household supplies …

RAND Study Examines Benefits of Divesting DOD Schools

  • December 2, 2013
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The RAND Corp. is looking at the costs and benefits of operating DOD schools for military dependents in the continental United States, the latest study to focus on a potential divestiture that could help the military stretch its shrinking budget dollars. The study, which is costing the Pentagon $905,000, will review 60 schools at 15 installations that enroll about 23,000 schoolchildren, reported Stars and Stripes. The review will compare the performance of DOD schools with nearby public schools. It will not look at overseas schools operated by the DOD Education Activity …

Ancillary Support Programs to Be Eliminated at Air Force Facilities, Welsh Says

  • December 2, 2013
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Nonessential support services that contribute to the quality-of-life for airmen and their families but do not support the Air Force’s primary mission can be expected to succumb to the budget knife, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said last week. Welsh cited several examples of facilities that would be cut, including golf courses, bowling alleys, auto hobby shops and others that are not self-supporting. “These things have made our way of life a lot of fun for families and military members, but we cannot afford them anymore …

DOD Awards $13.2M Grant to Community to Replace School at Dugway Proving Ground

  • November 26, 2013
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The Tooele County School District, Utah, will receive $13.2 million from DOD to demolish and replace a high school at Dugway Proving Ground, the department announced last week. The school district is providing matching funds of $2.7 million for the project, which will serve 120 students in grades seven through 12. The school district, which leases land from the Army for the school, will own and operate the new high school …

Army to Shelve Plan to Expand Colorado Maneuver Site

  • November 25, 2013
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The Army on Monday agreed to formally kill its plan to expand the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado, a move designed to provide local residents certainty about their future for the first time since officials announced their intention to consider enlarging the 235,000-acre site 10 years ago. “This enables all of us to move forward,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment …

Next BRAC Would Be Geared toward Efficiency, Not Transformation, DOD Official Says

  • November 21, 2013
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In a commentary published in Roll Call, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, takes on what is probably the most popular criticism from lawmakers of the Obama administration’s request to hold a new round of base closures — that the last one cost too much. To make his case, Kendall points out that the 2005 round really was made up of two separate kinds of actions, each with distinct goals. The “Transformation BRAC” took advantage of the opportunity afforded by the base closure statute to move forces and functions to locations that made more sense operationally …

State Ponders Plan to Lure Navy Air Wing to Fairchild AFB

  • November 21, 2013
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State officials and lawmakers from Washington are contemplating a proposal to lobby Navy officials to base a fighter wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, which hosts refueling tankers, on the eastern side of the state. The plan was broached in a report prepared for the state and is based on the likelihood that the Navy will homeport an additional aircraft carrier in Puget Sound. The military’s pivot toward the Asia-Pacific is expected to result in the Navy’s shift of one carrier strike group’s homeport from the East to the West Coast …

Conservation Group, DOD Provide Guidance for Renewable Energy Development

  • November 20, 2013
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A new guide developed jointly by the Pentagon and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) should help minimize conflicts with defense operations created by the development of renewable energy projects on and around military ranges, airspace and installations. The 24-page primer provides a range of factors and siting considerations that can be applied by developers and other stakeholders when working with DOD on siting renewable energy projects …

DOD Funding to Run out for Housing Referral Service

  • November 19, 2013
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Funding for an online service that helps service members find available rental housing when they move to a new assignment is scheduled to run out at the end of December, but the service provider is looking for an alternate source of funding to continue the program. A spokesman for Navy Installations Command said the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are allowing the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) to end when their contract with Runzheimer International runs out next month …

Navy Ends Search for Outlying Landing Field to Support NAS Oceana

  • November 19, 2013
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The Navy on Tuesday said it has cancelled an environmental study of alternate practice landing sites that could be used by pilots at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., saying it needs to wait until the service selects an East Coast site to host the F-35, the military’s next generation fighter aircraft. Officials initially suspended study of three sites in Virginia and two in North Carolina in 2011 in favor of waiting for a decision on basing the F-35. But with that decision not expected until 2017 at the earliest, any work on the environmental impact statement conducted now would be out of date by that time …

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