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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Ft. Stewart Civilians Stretch Paychecks in Anticipation of Furlough Days

  • June 23, 2013
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Casey Taylor-Racinelli, a physician’s assistant at a medical clinic serving Fort Stewart, has been cutting out frills in preparation for the 11 furlough days she and about 3,100 fellow civilians at the post and neighboring Hunter Army Airfield will be forced to take starting July 12. The 20 percent pay cut civilian workers at the southwest Georgia installations will endure for nearly three months could approach $10 million in total wages lost …

Navy Installations to Trim Civilian Workforce

  • June 23, 2013
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By early 2014, the Navy will eliminate 745 civilian positions throughout its shore enterprise in seven regions across 20 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and in the countries of Italy, Greece and Cuba, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) announced last week. The move is a direct consequence of funding constraints and comes as the Navy must implement cost-saving measures across the entire force …

Navy Stands apart on BRAC, Shared Services

  • June 23, 2013
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It’s not quite like Goldilocks and the Three Bears — the Army and Navy both believe their infrastructure is too large. But for the Navy, it’s just right. At the Defense Communities National Summit earlier this month, Roger Natsuhara, the Navy’s acting assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, drew a sharp distinction between recent trends facing the Army and the Air Force, and the Navy. While the force structure of the other two services has declined since the last base closure round, or is slated to, the Navy’s has not …

ADC Offering Bootcamp on Community-Installation Support Agreements

  • June 20, 2013
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The Air Force and Army are quickly ramping up their efforts to take advantage of the new authority allowing installations and their host communities to share base support services through intergovernmental support agreements. With interest at an all-time high in how to implement installation-community partnerships, ADC is offering an intensive, two-day bootcamp to community and installation officials considering the potential for establishing shared services agreements. The workshop will be presented in collaboration with the city of Monterey, Calif., which will host the in-depth training event from Aug. 5-6 …

It’s Not Entirely Clear How Much Excess Capacity Exists in DOD, GAO Finds

  • June 20, 2013
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It is difficult to evaluate the accuracy of the Pentagon’s estimate that about 20 percent excess capacity remains since the end of BRAC 2005 due to a number of limitations in the methods DOD uses to estimate its surplus property outside of a base closure round, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). DOD has recently stated that it has 20 percent excess capacity based on calculations conducted in 2004 and 2005. GAO found, however, that the calculation combined figures expressing different measures …

Cruz Explains Amendment Blocking BRAC

  • June 19, 2013
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In light of recent reports describing questionable expenditures on overseas military bases, the Pentagon needs to curtail spending on those facilities before reviewing its domestic infrastructure, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said in explaining the amendment he sponsored last week during the Senate Armed Services Committee’s consideration of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. “It is essential that we ensure our nation’s spending on military bases is prioritized appropriately …

Pentagon Launches Studies to Find Housing for 2,700 Marines Moving to Hawaii

  • June 19, 2013
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The Defense Department is conducting three studies to find sites that can accommodate the shift of 2,700 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Oahu, a move that may not be completed until 2026. The department said it is carrying out a Marine Corps Base Hawaii optimization study examining existing Kaneohe Bay land, a land use study looking at defense facilities on the island and a third study assessing former defense property in the Kalaeloa area …

OEA Offering Planning Support to Communities, States Affected by DOD Cutbacks

  • June 18, 2013
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Communities and states affected by significant cutbacks in DOD spending, including impacts caused by reduced operations at contractor-operated defense facilities, can apply for community planning assistance from the Office of Economic Adjustment to help them respond. Eligible impacts, according to the June 17 Federal Register notice, include: a publicly announced planned major reduction in DOD spending; the closure or significantly reduced operations of a defense facility as the result of the merger, acquisition or consolidation of the defense contractor operating the defense facility; the cancellation or termination of a DOD contract; or the failure to proceed with an approved major weapon system program …

House Language Would Require DOD to Consider Community Support before Realigning Bases

  • June 18, 2013
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An amendment to the House’s fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill would require the Pentagon to consider the monetary value of services provided to an installation by its host community before making realignment or closure decisions. When making such decisions, the provision requires the secretary of defense to account for “the value of services, such as schools, libraries, and utilities, as well as land, structures, and access to infrastructure, such as airports and seaports, that are provided by the local community to the military installation and that result in cost savings for the armed forces …

Military Boosters in Colorado Springs Question Wisdom of Allowing Sale of Pot

  • June 16, 2013
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Following last November’s approval by Colorado voters to legalize recreational possession of marijuana, the city council of Colorado Springs is weighing the concerns of the area’s military leaders as it considers allowing retail sales of the drug. Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera, commander of Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division, has told local officials that the sale of recreational pot raises serious concerns for the Army, reports the Gazette. “I told the [Colorado Springs] mayor, it goes against good order and discipline …

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