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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Despite Budget Cuts, Air Force Strives to Improve Quality-of-Life Programs

  • August 22, 2013
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An initiative the Air Force launched two-and-a-half years ago to improve morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) services offers a possible path other services can follow amid fiscal constraints. The Air Force’s transformation initiative began with an assessment of what were the most critical services in terms of their impact on readiness. The review designated six core activities — fitness, appropriated-fund dining facilities, child and youth care, youth activities, outdoor recreation and libraries …

Navy Moves Cyber Forces to Former Joint Forces Command HQ

  • August 21, 2013
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Navy Cyber Forces, made up of 1,578 personnel, is moving across Hampton Roads, Va., to the former headquarters for Joint Forces Command in Suffolk. The Pentagon disestablished that command in 2011, taking 1,200 workers out of Suffolk. The latest move, from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, is scheduled to be completed in September, reported WVEC. Navy Cyber Forces was created in February 2010.

State, DOD Effort Invests $12.5M to Purchase Easement for Eglin AFB

  • August 21, 2013
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and his cabinet on Tuesday approved the purchase of a conservation easement on a 21,000-acre tract on the east side of Eglin Air Force Base, a move intended to protect a variety of test and training missions at the installation located on the Florida Panhandle. The $12.5 million purchase is being accomplished through a partnership with DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program, with the department contributing $1.75 million and the Air Force $550,000. The Trust for Public Land also is a project partner …

Army Launches Urgent Initiative to Cut Spending at Headquarters by 25 Percent

  • August 21, 2013
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Senior Army managers and officers have been given only several weeks to craft recommendations to achieve 25 percent cuts in funding and staffing levels at all Army headquarters elements at the two-star level and above, according to an Aug. 14 memo from Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. “A comprehensive set of recommendations” from a newly established Army Focus Area Review Group is due by Sept. 11. The review group will include seven teams, covering institutional and operational headquarters reductions; operational force structure; readiness; acquisition workforce; installation services and investments; and intelligence and cyber …

FAA to Name UAS Test Sites by End of Year

  • August 20, 2013
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The Federal Aviation Administration plans to name the locations of six research and test sites for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with manned aircraft in December, John Porcari, deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation said last week. The FAA has received 25 proposals from organizations in 24 states to host one of the sites. “We’re encouraged by the collaborative and comprehensive approach that many of the applicants have adopted …

Plan in Place to Secure Future of W.Va. Air Base, Governor Says

  • August 20, 2013
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Charleston Air National Guard Base would get a new access road and practice airstrip, under a plan announced Monday by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) to address concerns raised during the 2005 round of BRAC and secure the future of the 130th Airlift Wing. Building a new access route to the base — which requires construction of a bridge over the Elk River — would allow officials to close the current public road serving the facility. That route currently poses a security risk to the base …

Opposition Rises to Transmission Line over Impact to White Sands Missile Range

  • August 20, 2013
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A dispute between DOD and the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the route for a proposed, 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona is coming to a head after BLM selected as its preferred route one that defense officials say will interfere with operations at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Even before BLM issued a final environmental impact statement for the SunZia project on June 14, a top Pentagon official objected to a route traversing the missile range’s northern extension that the bureau designated as its preferred alternative …

Maryland County Needs Consultant to Perform JLUS for Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • August 18, 2013
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The Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) community, located in central Maryland, is seeking a qualified consulting firm to conduct a joint land use study (JLUS) for counties and municipalities surrounding APG, inclusive of the Aberdeen Area, Edgewood Area and other related testing facilities located outside the gates. The goal of the JLUS is to encourage local governments, together with the state, to work closely with the military installation to implement measures to prevent the introduction of incompatible civilian development that may impair the continued operational utility of the military installation …

Lt. Governor’s ‘Listening’ Tour Stops at Three Illinois Defense Communities

  • August 18, 2013
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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon recently held listening sessions at the host communities of three military installations to gain a better understanding of the quality of life for residents neighboring Scott Air Force Base, Rock Island Arsenal and Naval Station Great Lakes. On the final stop of her tour in North Chicago, Simon and researchers from the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs held small group discussions with residents about their satisfaction with employment opportunities, schools, infrastructure and health care …

States Look to Soar as Commercial UAS Industry Takes Off

  • August 18, 2013
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State officials and others working to boost their region’s economic development prospects are positioning themselves to benefit from expected growth in the commercial market for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Federal Aviation Administration’s competition to host one of six research and test sites for integrating UAS with manned aircraft is only the next step as states vie to attract development as the market expands from primarily military applications to a myriad number of civilian uses …

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