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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

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 …

No Decisions on Budget Cuts Have Been Made, Winnefeld Says

  • August 1, 2013
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One day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel painted a grim portrait of the consequences if sequestration continues for the next eight years, Navy Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reminded lawmakers that officials have not yet made any decisions about possible changes to the military’s force structure. “No decisions have been made because they cannot yet be made, because we don’t know how much money we’re going to have …

Worst Case Fiscal Scenario Would Force Further End Strength Cuts, Hagel Says

  • July 31, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday outlines a series of scenarios for dramatically cutting the size of the nation’s ground forces, along with further reductions in overhead at headquarters, that constituted the Pentagon’s first serious attempt to grapple with the possible need to eliminate up to $1 trillion in defense spending through fiscal 2021. Hagel’s presentation was the first public release of the results of the Strategic Choices and Management Review intended to help the department cope with the unprecedented budget uncertainty stemming from sequestration. Perhaps the most striking conclusion of the assessment, Hagel noted, was that even if officials implement the full complement of reductions to force structure, modernization programs, management and overhead, and compensation and benefits identified in the review, the savings still would fall short of meeting the required sequester cuts in the early years of implementation …

Air Force Panel Visits Ohio Bases

  • July 30, 2013
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Members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Monday to get a firsthand look at the impact of sequestration and to see the links between the service’s regular and reserve components. The effects of spending cuts under sequestration were very clear, according to Commissioner Janine Davidson, a George Mason University professor and former Air Force pilot …

Local Funding Needed to Strengthen Position of West Virginia Air Guard Base

  • July 28, 2013
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State and county funding to build a new access road to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va., would help secure the long-term future of the base’s 130th Airlift Wing, according to a board member of Yeager Airport, where the unit is based. The $7 million to $9 million project, which requires the construction of a bridge, would provide a new access route to the base, allowing closure of the current public road serving the facility. The existing route poses a security risk to the base, a factor which almost resulted in the base’s closure during the 2005 round of BRAC …

Air Force Structure Panel Scales Back Planned Site Visits

  • July 25, 2013
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One week after announcing a slate of 13 installations it planned to visit as it reviewed the appropriate mix between the Air Force’s regular and reserve components, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force is cancelling many of the trips due to budget concerns. The commission still will go ahead with three of the planned trips, covering active and Air National Guard bases in Ohio and Virginia, reported Politico. But for the other visits, it will consider using video conferencing or postponing them until fiscal 2014 …

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