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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

MIT Study to Assess Potential for Power Line, White Sands Missile Range to Coexist

  • November 18, 2013
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The Pentagon will commission a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory to determine whether testing activities at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., could be adjusted to minimize interference from a proposed 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line, New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich (D) said Friday. Heinrich requested the study in response to concerns expressed by senior officials from WSMR and DOD over the impact of the $1.2 billion SunZia project linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona …

Air Shows to Resume This Year, but Many Other Outreach Events Will Not

  • November 18, 2013
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Air shows featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds are returning in the current fiscal year, but the military will not be participating in more than 1,000 other community events compared to FY 2012. The Pentagon opted to restore $129 million in FY 2014 for community activities such as air shows, Navy port visits and performances by military bands, but the reduced funding level compared to two years ago means the services can attend only 1,000 to 1,500 events, down from 2,800 in FY 2012 …

New Contracting Agency to Support Air Force Installations

  • November 17, 2013
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A new field operating agency formally stood up by the Air Force last week will provide contracting services to installations for eight of the service’s major commands. The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency (AFICA) is headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and will support customers at Air Combat Command, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Force Space Command, Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Air Forces in Europe …

University Facility to Support Business Incubator outside of Pax River

  • November 11, 2013
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An agreement between the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC), University System of Maryland and the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance brings the planning for a new research and development center near Patuxent River Naval Air Station one step closer. When completed, the facility will house a research and a business incubator …

NRDC, DOD to Host Webinar on Renewable Energy Siting

  • November 11, 2013
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New siting considerations jointly developed by DOD and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for the first time address core issues for developing renewable energy sources on and around military installations. The considerations are designed to help developers determine low conflict places for solar, wind and other renewable energy, and are released as DOD plans to get 25 percent of its installation energy from renewables by 2025 …

Burlington Officials Vote in Support of Basing F-35 Squadron at Guard Station

  • November 11, 2013
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With the Air Force expected to make a decision shortly on where to base up to 24 F-35 fighter jets, the Burlington (Vt.) City Council last month rejected two resolutions opposing the service’s selection of Burlington International Airport as its Air National Guard operating location for the fifth-generation aircraft. The first resolution would have blocked Burlington Air Guard Station from hosting a squadron of F-35s, while the second would have created “health and safety standards” for all aircraft at the airport …

Spokane Voters Reject Measure to Provide Buffer for Fairchild AFB

  • November 11, 2013
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Residents in Spokane County, Wash., last week rejected a measure to stave off encroachment around Fairchild Air Force Base by raising property taxes. The measure was designed to raise $18 million over nine years to purchase seven mobile home parks in the installation’s accident potential zone and relocate residents in the 188 affected units …

New BRAC Round Threatens Economic Impact of Military, Kentucky Official Says

  • November 10, 2013
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The impact of military spending in Kentucky rose from $3.2 billion in 2001 to $15.3 billion in 2011, but a future base closure round could eliminate many of the 72,000 military personnel and DOD civilians working in the state, David Thompson, executive director and chairman of the state Commission on Military Affairs, said last week. He expressed confidence, however, regarding the state’s two largest installations, Fort Knox and Fort Campbell …

Air Force Commission Considers Proposal to Merge Guard, Reserve

  • November 10, 2013
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The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force weighed a proposal to merge the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve during a hearing last month, but testimony from top Air Force officials strongly opposed the idea. The plan to combine the two reserve components into one command structure came to the commission from five retired generals. The plan is intended to save money by eliminating redundancies without forfeiting capability …

Installation Officials Focused FY’13 Budget Cuts on Facilities Sustainment, GAO Finds

  • November 10, 2013
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Facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization (FSRM) accounts took the brunt of cuts imposed last year on base operating support as a result of sequestration, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Cutbacks in those accounts included projects involving repairs and renovations of existing facilities and demolition of excess facilities. Individual installation commanders across DOD retained considerable flexibility in how to trim base support services …

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