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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Army Leaders Look to BRAC to Mitigate Spending Cuts

  • March 25, 2014
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The Army’s top civilian and uniformed officials on Tuesday pressed the Pentagon’s case to hold a new BRAC, telling the House Armed Services Committee the service could save an estimated $1 billion annually following a round of base closures. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said that a new round would cost less than the 2005 one and generate a larger return due to a reduction in operating costs and a drop in the Army’s end strength, reported Defense News. The last round required the service to invest $13 billion at the outset, producing annual savings of $1 billion …

Kansas Bill Would Restrict Duration of Easements

  • March 24, 2014
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Legislation limiting the use of an important tool for protecting military installations from encroachment was approved by a committee of the Kansas Senate Friday. Senate Bill 323 would limit the duration of conservation easements so they would end with the grantor’s death, reported the Lawrence Journal-World. DOD, the Kansas Governor’s Military Council and many landowners oppose the measure, saying it would restrict the benefit of a mechanism for preserving the missions of military installations …

Pet Projects Back in Vogue on Capitol Hill

  • March 24, 2014
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Last December’s budget deal, which by current indications will allow Congress to follow regular order for moving annual appropriations bills, also may allow lawmakers to press for funding for installations and favored military projects in their districts. In multiple hearings in recent weeks on DOD’s fiscal 2015 budget request, lawmakers have made clear they will fight to protect missions at local bases and manufacturing facilities in their districts, reports Defense News …

Navy Not Eager for New BRAC Round, Top Officer Says

  • March 24, 2014
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The Navy is not anxious to hold a new round of base closures as it doesn’t have a lot of excess capacity, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said last week. “I’m very satisfied with our laydown of our bases as we look around the world,” Greenert told reporters after an all hands call at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. “People ask me, do you have the need? Do you see a great need for BRAC? I say, no, I don’t …

Altus AFB Named Top Installation in Air Force

  • March 23, 2014
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Altus Air Force Base, located in southwestern Oklahoma, has been named the winner of the Air Force’s Command-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence award, a recognition of the 97th Air Mobility Wing’s superior support for the defense mission. “Altus AFB has stood out as an example in innovation and cost-savings across our Air Force,” said Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command. In addition to demonstrating exemplary support for the Air Force’s mission, the winner must show marked improvement and innovative progress in functions that are critical to an installation’s successful operations …

Community and State Leaders Rally to Protect Scott AFB

  • March 23, 2014
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A coalition of local leaders and state officials backing Scott Air Force Base, led by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), met with General Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, in an effort to persuade the General of the base’s importance to national defense. Scott Air Force Base, located in southwestern Illinois, employs 13,000 uniformed and civilian workers and represents a large economic engine for the local economy, contributing $2.5 billion dollars annually to the region…

Calif. County Considers New Office to Address BRAC Fears

  • March 18, 2014
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With the possibility of a new BRAC round, two supervisors in Southern California’s Riverside County are taking the initiative to protect their two remaining military bases from closure. Their solution: the creation of an Office of Military and Defense Services (OMDS) to be part of the county’s Economic Development Agency. The office would also promote more federal contracting opportunities for local businesses…

Maine Shipyard Provides Economic Boost for Three States

  • March 18, 2014
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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, located in Kittery, Maine, generated a $623 million economic impact for the region’s economy last year, according to a study released earlier this month by the Seacoast Shipyard Association. The total impact of the shipyard, located in Southern Maine just across the New Hampshire border, is down somewhat from 2012, when it accounted for $662 million in economic activity. In 2013, the shipyard’s 5,474 civilian employees earned $414 million, while the facility’s military payroll was $42 million …

Massachusetts’s $170 Million Military Bond Bill Signed into Law

  • March 18, 2014
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Massachusetts raised the stakes on how a state can support its military installations and defense sector with Governor Deval Patrick’s approval of what may be the largest state commitment of its kind. The “Act Encouraging the Improvement, Expansion and Development of Military Installations in the Commonwealth” authorizes funding for infrastructure projects in partnership with Massachusetts military installations and the Massachusetts National Guard.

Experts Warn that Colorado Is Behind in Protecting Installations

  • March 17, 2014
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As the DoD plans $900 billion in budget cuts over the next 10 years, local military support and business advocacy groups in Colorado warn that Colorado lags behind other states in protecting the state’s military missions.“If Colorado, or any other state for that matter, is going to be successful in defending its installations and mission, they need to have a…

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