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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Personnel Impacts of Army Restructuring Extend to Dozens of Installations

  • June 26, 2013
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The Army effort to rebalance its forces as it eliminates brigade combat teams (BCTs) at 10 U.S. posts will result in the loss or gain of up to 900 soldiers at an additional 23 installations. Some, but not all, of the largest changes occur at five installations that potentially could have lost a brigade as a part of the realignment but ended up retaining them, according to an Army presentation. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, is slated to lose 894 soldiers, while Fort Wainwright, Alaska, would gain 552 personnel …

Christie Creates Task Force to Strengthen Military Presence in New Jersey

  • June 25, 2013
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has established a five-person task force responsible for issuing recommendations to preserve, enhance and strengthen the state’s military installations, according to an executive order he signed earlier this month. The Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force will consist of the adjutant general of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the CEO of the state Economic Development Authority, the president and CEO of Choose New Jersey, a former member of the state’s congressional delegation and a civilian member to be selected by the panel …

Army Drawdown Unlikely to Prompt Base Closures, Levin Says

  • June 25, 2013
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The Army could get by with fewer installations after its active-duty end strength drops to 490,000, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno indicated Tuesday, but Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he didn’t think the Army’s plan to rebalance its force structure will prompt lawmakers to approve a new round of base closures. “That is not what I understand the purpose or intent is … [and] I do not think they will have that effect,” Levin told reporters …

Balanced Restructuring to Eliminate Brigades at 10 Army Posts

  • June 25, 2013
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The Army’s plan to restructure its forces to shrink its active component end strength by 80,000 soldiers calls for eliminating brigade combat teams at 10 U.S. installations, but mitigating the impact by adding a third maneuver battalion to armor and infantry BCTs. As a result, only two of the 10 installations — Fort Knox, Ky., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. — would lose more than 3,000 soldiers as the Army reduces it end strength to 490,000 by 2017 …

Panel to Monitor Military’s Use of Community-Installation Support Agreements

  • June 24, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee is interested in tracking DOD’s implementation of section 331, the new authority allowing installations and their host communities to share base support services through intergovernmental support agreements. The committee report accompanying the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it passed earlier this month directs DOD to submit a report by Feb. 1, 2014, that includes: a review of the policy adopted by DOD to guide the development of proposals to share installation support services …

Could Joint Basing Generate More Savings, Senate Committee Wonders

  • June 24, 2013
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The deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment would be required to assess the potential for the joint basing initiative to produce additional savings through “more rigorous management and streamlined administration of joint bases,” under a provision in the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month. The provision follows a Government Accountability Office conclusion that the estimated, 20-year savings for the initiative have fallen by nearly 90 percent from $2.3 billion to $249 million …

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 …

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