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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Ayotte Places Hold on Air Force Nominee over A-10 Retirement Plans

  • September 26, 2013
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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) has placed a hold on the nominee to be the next Air Force secretary over concerns that the service is planning on retiring its entire fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft. Ayotte’s move comes one week after she pressed nominee Deborah James, president of the technology and engineering division at SAIC, as to whether the Air Force had already decided to retire the fleet. Lee responded that she didn’t believe a decision had been made, but she acknowledged that officials were considering complete divestitures of aircraft types as one way to address budget constraints …

Security, Encroachment Concerns outside Fairchild AFB Prompt Emergency Action

  • September 26, 2013
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Spokane County, Wash., commissioners on Wednesday adopted an interim zoning law to protect Fairchild Air Force Base from the development of industrial facilities over 400 acres on its eastern border. The emergency action came only after the commissioners learned in recent days that Fairchild’s commander expressed concern that an industrial facility could provide cover for a sniper, reported the Spokesman-Review. The legislators’ action trims the county’s recent 4,100-acre urban growth area expansion to 3,700 acres …

Middle Georgia Communities Formalize Partnership with Robins AFB

  • September 26, 2013
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The city of Warner Robins and other communities in Central Georgia formalized a partnership with Robins Air Force Base this week committing the parties to look for ways to reduce the installation’s operating costs by sharing support services. The charter agreement is the most formal commitment to date among the installation and its host communities stemming from an Air Force initiative providing funding for 15 installations to work with community leaders to identify partnering opportunities …

Expect Further Cutbacks in Training, Ship Maintenance, Admiral Says

  • September 25, 2013
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Automatic spending cuts of $14 billion in fiscal 2014 will force the Navy to scale down training for both sailors and aviators, and delay or cancel scheduled ship overhauls, Adm. Bill Gortney, chief of Fleet Forces Command, said Tuesday. Gortney said he was more worried about the impact cancelled ship repair contracts would have on smaller subcontractors in the Hampton Roads, Va., region than on larger firms …

Navy Expected to Hand over East Bank Site in New Orleans Shortly

  • September 25, 2013
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Two years after the Navy shuttered the east bank portion of Naval Support Activity New Orleans, local officials say the city is on the verge of gaining control of the 25-acre site. The two parties are in the “final stages” of negotiations over transfer of the site in Bywater, said Cedric Grant, deputy mayor of New Orleans. The Navy would hand it over at no cost …

Alaska Lawmakers Believe Eielson Realignment off the Table

  • September 23, 2013
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Alaska’s two senators are somewhat confident the Air Force will not go ahead with its proposal to shift 21 F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage based on recent conversations with Air Force officials. The latest indication came last week when Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), told an Air Force Association audience that the service has no plans to eliminate any installations in the Asia-Pacific region …

Transmission Line Route Threatens Mission at White Sands, Commander Says

  • September 23, 2013
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The current route of a proposed, 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona would jeopardize about 30 percent of the weapons testing activities conducted in the northern extension at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the installation’s commanding general said last week. “There’s no way to do my missions with some of the weapons systems we’re currently testing, now and into the future, because they would strike the line,” said Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham …

Installation Support to Drop Sharply from Historic Levels, Odierno Testifies

  • September 22, 2013
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If the spending caps triggered under sequestration continue in fiscal 2014, facilities sustainment will receive only 36 percent of historic funding levels, impairing nearly all support programs for Army installations, according to the written testimony Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno delivered last week to the House Armed Services Committee. Odierno listed municipal, fire and emergency, logistics, facilities engineering and family programs among the affected services. “For example, we will not be able to fund municipal services contracts for custodial, pest control or other services and we will be forced to eliminate nearly all preventative maintenance programs …

Labor Department Provides Aid to Workers at Texas Bases

  • September 20, 2013
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The Labor Department is providing a National Emergency Grant worth up to $4.1 million to provide re-employment assistance to about 1,120 workers affected by layoffs at Fort Hood in Killeen and the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana. The grant will provide job training for the former defense civilian workers and contractors. The grant was awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission to provide the affected workers with training and other services necessary to compete for high-demand occupations in their local areas. National Emergency Grants are part of the labor secretary’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. “Civilian workers, who often serve alongside military service members, play an important role in defending our nation and deserve our support when layoffs occur,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

Marines Plan East Coast Headquarters Consolidation, Senior Planning Officer Says

  • September 19, 2013
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As part of its effort to meet the fiscal constraints imposed under sequestration, the Marine Corps is planning to eliminate a three-star expeditionary force headquarters command in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and consolidate it into one East Coast headquarters in Norfolk, Va. The new command would complement an expeditionary task force headquarters in Okinawa, Japan, and one based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., that is deployable anywhere, Maj. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. said Thursday …

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