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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

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 …

Budget Cuts Could Eliminate Five Fighter Squadrons from Air Force

  • August 5, 2013
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The Air Force could lose up to five tactical aircraft squadrons and a large portion of its C-130 fleet, based on the Strategic Choices and Management Review released last week by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The service could shed up to 120 A-10s, F-15s or F-16s — or five of 55 tactical squadrons, which have 18 to 24 aircraft each — according to the review. The review didn’t say whether the active component, reserve or Air National Guard would bear the brunt of prospective cuts …

Improving Region’s Quality of Life Key to Supporting Ft. Leonard Wood, Partnership Says

  • August 5, 2013
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In the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, one of the newest community-military support organizations is striving to improve the quality of life for personnel at Fort Leonard Wood, forge a closer relationship with officials at the post and help trim the installation’s operating costs. The multiple aims set out by the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership, established a little over a year ago, are all intended to support the installation located in central Missouri and the soldiers and family members who serve there …

Havelock Officials Remain Vigilant in Defense of MCAS Cherry Point

  • August 4, 2013
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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the surrounding region of eastern North Carolina offer the military multiple assets, a narrative that officials should not keep a secret. “We need to tell our story first,” Pete Rose, a partner of the Franklin Partnership, told the Havelock Board of Commissioners last week. “He who tells their story first controls the narrative,” said Rose …

Defense Officials Expect Deeper Cuts in Army End Strength

  • August 4, 2013
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A reduction in the Army’s end strength of between 40,000 and 70,000 soldiers beyond the reduction already planned as the service rebalances to 32 brigade combat teams is a likely outcome of the Strategic Choices and Management Review released last week by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, according to a Pentagon briefing following Hagel’s remarks. The Army currently is planning to eliminate 80,000 soldiers by fiscal 2017 as it shrinks its active component end strength to 490,000. Hagel described reducing the service’s size to between 420,000 and 450,000 active-duty soldiers as one option considered during the review that would still allow the military to meet the current defense strategic guidance …

Carter Memo Details Scope of Headquarters Spending Cuts

  • August 1, 2013
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The 20 percent reduction in DOD management headquarters spending first announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month would apply to all higher headquarters staffs, according to a memo issued by Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The cuts will apply to the office of the secretary of defense principal staff assistants and their associated defense agency staffs, the Joint Staff, service secretary staffs, service chief staffs, service four-star major commands and service component commands, lower-level service staffs down to the level determined by service secretaries and chiefs, and combatant command staffs …

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