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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Military Officials Contemplate Limits under Long-Term Budget Cuts

  • September 12, 2013
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Senior Army officials are considering worst-case budget scenarios that would require them to slash end strength below levels already agreed to and curtail training across much of the force to ensure a limited number of units are fully prepared to fight. While the Army already is slated to shrink its active-duty force by 80,000 soldiers to 490,000, some officials believe the service will need to consider cutting end strength to below 400,000 …

Amid Sequestration, Holding Steady Can Be Considered Success, Consultant Says

  • September 12, 2013
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Maintaining current missions at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, is a worthy aspiration amid the current fiscal climate in Washington, a consultant told the community support group for the facility also known as the Lima Army Tank Plant. There is value in keeping what you have, CBD Advisors’ Matt Kambic, a retired Army major general, told members of Task Force Lima last week, especially if other communities are less fortunate. CBD was hired by the Dayton Development Coalition to develop a federal retention strategy for Ohio’s military and NASA assets, reported the Lima News. In the 2005 BRAC round, the task force was successful in keeping the Lima plant open. DOD only trimmed its infrastructure by 3 percent in 2005, but Kambic told the group he believes cuts will more significant in the next base closure round.

Spending Cuts Will Require Trimming Troop Levels Next Year, Hale Says

  • September 10, 2013
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To accommodate the deep spending cuts triggered by sequestration, the Pentagon likely will begin reducing military end strength next year and continue for the next several years. “That strategy will tend to lead to disproportionate cuts to the ground forces, but the Navy and the Air Force are going to have to get smaller too,” Comptroller Robert Hale said last week …

NAS Whidbey Island Support Group “Makes a Difference,” Lawmaker Says

  • September 9, 2013
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Washington Rep. Rick Larsen told (D) told business leaders and other officials in Oak Harbor last week that their support for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is making a difference and is helping to ensure that the installation’s future is “secure.” Kathy Reed, executive director of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, said she has “99 percent” confidence that Larsen is correct. “The base is too strategically located for the Department of Defense to give it up, especially with the current administration’s focus on the Asia-Pacific region,” Reed told the Whidbey News-Times. One concern, though, is a Central Whidbey group’s campaign to suspend use of Outlying Field Coupeville by the naval air station for landing practice. Given the level of negative press surrounding the outlying field, it’s even more important that Pentagon officials see how much support there is for the base, Reed said.

Decision over Basing F-35Cs at NAS Key West Is Next Step in Dispute over Noise

  • September 9, 2013
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A decade-long battle between the Navy and neighbors of Naval Air Station Key West over aircraft noise may finally come to head when Navy Secretary Ray Mabus decides whether the installation located close to the tip of the Florida Keys will replace its fleet of F-18 Super Hornets with the next generation strike-fighter, the F-35C. Since the Navy introduced the F-18 to Key West in 1999, residents surrounding the base have complained about the jets’ noise, culminating with Monroe County issuing a resolution in 2009 calling for the Navy to “cease and desist” Super Hornet operations …

AFCEC Strategic Plan Spells out Agency’s Vision, Goals

  • September 9, 2013
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The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) will strive to provide “enterprise-wide solutions” to installations and the warfighter as it carries out its mission to sustain the service’s infrastructure, according to the first of three goals in the agency’s inaugural strategic plan. “We seek out opportunities to accelerate environmental restoration, restore useable acreage back to active-duty forces and unlock asset value through energy initiatives, leases or other public partnership engagements,” states the plan, titled “Battle Ready … Built Right …

Community Partnerships Offer One Solution to Budget Squeeze Faced by MWR Programs

  • September 8, 2013
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Morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) officials across DOD are making a variety of adjustments to maintain quality-of-life programs as they cope with budget cuts and other changes depriving them of needed resources. In many cases, officials have been forced to scale back programs and services, for example, by reducing the number of hours fitness centers, pools and libraries are open, reports American Forces Press Service. In other cases, service members and their families are being asked to pay nominal fees for aerobics and other fitness classes, or to rent outdoor recreation equipment …

Navy Fleet to Decline in Size, Readiness under Sequestration, Senior Official Says

  • September 5, 2013
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The Navy most likely will shrink its fleet of ships and aircraft, require longer deployments and suffer from lower readiness levels if sequestration continues into the future, Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, told sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. “The Navy under sequestration … will be smaller,” Ferguson said, reported Stars and Stripes. “It will be fewer ships, it will be fewer planes, but it will be no less ready, and we will always invest in technology and capability for the future …

Army Installations Wait for Decision on Headquarters Cutbacks

  • September 3, 2013
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Fort Benning officials are hoping to find out shortly whether a 25 percent reduction in funding and staffing levels will be imposed on the Georgia post, a spokesman for Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence said this week. Last month, Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno directed senior officials at all headquarters elements at the two-star level and above to develop recommendations by Sept. 11 to slash 25 percent from their budgets …

Air Force Commission Attempts to Compare Costs for Active, Reserve Forces

  • September 3, 2013
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The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force last week listened to competing arguments about the apparent gap in costs between active-duty airmen and members of the Reserve or National Guard. Some see answering the question as critical to the commission’s work, as it has been charged with making recommendations about the appropriate mix of active-duty and reserve component forces …

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