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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Lt. Governor Tours Reserve Bases across Pennsylvania

  • March 27, 2014
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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley visited several military installations in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, including the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, as part of a statewide tour by the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission. Cawley chairs the panel, which Gov. Tom Corbett (R) established in 2012 to promote the state’s military facilities and track federal actions affecting them …

Airport to Invest in Project to Preserve West Virginia Air Guard Base

  • March 27, 2014
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Local airport officials in Kanawha County, W.Va., agreed this week to invest $1.5 million over 10 years to help construct a bridge intended to secure the future of the Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing. The vote by the Yeager Airport’s board represents the last county entity needed to approve funding for the project, reported the Charleston Gazette. Last year, Kanawha County agreed to fund one-third of the bridge’s $6.2 million construction cost. The state also is contributing to the project …

‘Empty Facilities Tax’ Costing Army $500M Annually, McHugh Says

  • March 27, 2014
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The Army is spending an estimated $500 million a year to maintain buildings it no longer needs, a cost that will rise in the absence of a BRAC round as the service continues to draw down its forces, Secretary John McHugh told lawmakers Thursday. McHugh referred to the funds spent on unneeded facilities as an “empty facilities tax” as he testified before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He pointed to that half-billion-dollar-a-year tax as one reason why Congress should approve the Pentagon’s request to hold a round of base closures in 2017 …

Ft. Rucker Poised to Grow after Next BRAC, Local Official Says

  • March 26, 2014
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Despite the obvious threat posed by a looming BRAC round, Fort Rucker stands to gain missions in the next round of base closures, according to a member of the post’s local support group, Friends of Fort Rucker. The installation, located in southeastern Alabama, has an array of assets that could allow it to benefit from the next BRAC round, said Rod Wolfe, a retired brigadier general who also serves on Alabama’s Military Stability Commission …

Some Commissaries Could Close in U.S., DOD Official Says

  • March 26, 2014
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A loss in business at U.S. commissaries due to cuts in subsidies proposed under the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget request could force some military grocery stores to close, a senior DOD official told lawmakers Wednesday. The department is not proposing to close any commissaries; rather, its latest budget calls for reducing the annual direct subsidy to commissaries by $1 billion over the next three years. At that point, the lower funding would reduce the average discount for military families from 30 percent to 10 percent …

Navy Retains Little Excess Infrastructure, Officials Say

  • March 25, 2014
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The Navy eliminated most of its excess capacity in previous BRAC rounds, but the service still would take the opportunity to assess its existing footprint if Congress were to authorize additional base closures, the Navy’s top leaders told lawmakers Tuesday. “We will certainly take a — a very hard look at all our capacities, at all the bases that we have, should Congress authorize a new BRAC round. And we do support the use of that tool,” Secretary Ray Mabus told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee …

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 …

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