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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Joint Use Airport at Sheppard AFB Selected for Military Airport Program

  • September 23, 2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration has selected the joint use airport at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, to participate in the 2014 Military Airport Program for an additional year, the agency announced earlier this month. The airfield at Sheppard also serves as Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, which participated in MAP for the past two years. The airport’s redesignation will allow it to complete the final phase of a terminal rehabilitation project, which will include the purchase and installation of two passenger loading bridges, and the demolition of the existing terminal building …

Military Families Enjoy Moderate Savings at Commissaries in Hampton Roads

  • September 23, 2014
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Military families and veterans shopping at a commissary in Hampton Roads, Va., save an average of 16.5 percent on their groceries compared to shopping at local retailers, according to a survey conducted by the Virginian-Pilot. The average savings differed, though, depending on what supermarket chain was used for comparison. Harris Teeter showed the biggest gap, costing 30.1 percent more for the basket of 30 randomly selected items. Walmart’s prices were only 11.4 percent more expensive than the commissary, and Kroger’s were 13.3 percent higher …

Lewis-McChord Could Lose Headquarters under Medical Command Reorganization Plan

  • September 23, 2014
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Western Regional Medical Command, which employs about 200 people at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., would close under an Army proposal intended to shrink overhead costs. The proposal, which has not yet been approved by the Army, would reduce the number of regional medical headquarters from five to four, reported the News Tribune. The Army Surgeon General’s office sent the proposal to employees at the installation’s Madigan Army Medical Center last week. It could be carried out as soon as 2016 …

Federal City Opened up to Surrounding New Orleans Neighborhood

  • September 23, 2014
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Much of the fence surrounding the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans is coming down three years after the installation closed, in an effort to open up the Federal City project to the public and create a new entry point to the site for vehicles. The public has had access to the project since the Navy shuttered the support activity, but the Algiers Development District, which is responsible for the 114-acre redevelopment, wanted to remove the fencing to give it a more inviting appearance, reported the Times-Picayune. Workers will remove 1,500 linear feet of heavy-duty chain link fencing. Workers previously had removed about 1,300 linear feet surrounding a tract purchased by Delgado Community College; some of that fencing will be used to separate the community college from military housing still inside Federal City.

Challenges Hinder Success of Joint Basing Implementation, GAO Finds

  • September 22, 2014
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DOD’s 12 joint bases have been fully operational since 2010, yet joint base officials reported variations in the degree to which they have consolidated 42 common installation support functions, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. None of the joint bases reported they had consolidated all support functions. Still, the 12 locations in aggregate had partially consolidated about 80 percent of the functional areas joint base commanders are responsible for, with the level of consolidation varying from 52 percent of the functions at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to 90 percent or more at three joint bases, the agency found …

Comments to Downsizing Analysis Surge Past 100,000, Army Says

  • September 22, 2014
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Defense communities have submitted more than 108,000 comments to Army Environmental Command in response to the service’s assessment of the environmental and economic impacts expected from shrinking its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops by 2020. By the time officials finish counting all of the comments sent in response to the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA), the total likely will surpass 110,000 comments, spokeswoman Cathy Kropp told Defense Communities 360. Of the 108,411 comments the command has processed, 105,119 were either form letters or petition signatures …

Joint Basing Savings Remain Unclear, GAO Finds

  • September 21, 2014
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DOD’s joint basing initiative — a recommendation proposed by the department to the 2005 BRAC Commission to consolidate installation support functions at 26 locations sharing a boundary or located in close proximity to form 12 joint bases — was intended to generate cost savings through economies of scale, and by optimizing service contracts and paring unnecessary management personnel. To date, though, DOD has not demonstrated that the initiative has fulfilled its goals of reducing duplication of efforts and producing efficiencies, concludes a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Officials at the 12 joint bases, through responses to survey questions and during interviews, did not report “significant achievements in reaching these goals,” the congressional watchdog agency found …

New Bridge under Way to Improve Security at W.Va. Guard Base

  • September 18, 2014
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Workers have begun constructing a new bridge and road to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va., that local official believe will help secure the future of the Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing. The bridge over the Elk River will provide a new access route to the base, allowing closure of the current public road serving the facility. The existing route passes right by the Guard base and poses a security risk, a factor local officials believe could jeopardize the installation in a future BRAC round. Former Sen. Robert Byrd (D) had secured federal funding for the bridge, but the money was redirected after Byrd died. Following lengthy discussions between the state government and the National Guard, officials decided to split the project’s cost between state taxpayers, the National Guard, Yeager Airport and the Kanawha County Commission, reported the West Virginia Gazette. Construction of the bridge is expected to be finished in the fall of 2015.

Air Force Unveils Plan to Accelerate Kirtland Cleanup

  • September 18, 2014
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The Air Force announced plans Wednesday to begin drilling cleanup wells to stop a fuel plume from Kirtland Air Force Base before it can reach municipal drinking water wells in southeast Albuquerque. In a meeting with Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and other stakeholder groups, Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and infrastructure, said extraction wells would begin pulling contaminants from the groundwater by June 2015 …

Panel Points to Funding, Water Supply, Security as Key Installation Challenges

  • September 18, 2014
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With declining budgets for sustainment and construction, and facilities continuing to deteriorate, installation officials throughout DOD are facing “doom and gloom,” John Conger, the department’s acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, said during the opening session at this week’s ADC 2014 Defense Policy Forum. As officials face greater risks regarding the condition of their infrastructure, though, they will be forced to consider innovative ideas to operate their bases more efficiently that they wouldn’t have considered otherwise. “People are going to be more willing to try new things,” Conger said …

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