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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Long-Term Need to Trim Force Structure Remains despite Sequester Relief, Air Force Says

  • December 15, 2013
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The bipartisan budget deal reached last week will help the Air Force mitigate urgent readiness problems, but long-term budget constraints still will force officials to reduce the size of the service’s forces, the Air Force’s top two officials said Friday. “Even with this relief, we will need to re-size the Air Force to one that is smaller than it is today in order to protect investments we need for the future, and to shape an Air Force that we can keep ready,” acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing …

Opponents of Basing F-35s at Vermont Guard Station Vow to Stop Plan

  • December 13, 2013
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Opponents of the Air Force’s plan to base 18 F-35A fighter jets at Burlington Air Guard Station say they will continue their campaign to prevent the fifth-generation aircraft from coming to South Burlington, Vt. One local group which fought against the selection of Burlington as the first Air National Guard base to host the F-35 said it will try to win over public opinion and shortly will file a federal lawsuit to stop the plan from going ahead …

Air Force Rules out Civilian Furloughs This Year

  • December 11, 2013
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The Air Force will trim its civilian workforce by 900 positions this year to cope with fiscal 2014 budget constraints, rather than imposing furloughs as it did last year, officials announced Wednesday. Officials have not yet determined how the reductions will affect individual locations, according to a press release. To reduce the number involuntary separations, the service plans to offer incentives to encourage affected employees to retire or leave the Air Force …

Ft. Polk Support Group to Push Performance of Local Schools

  • December 11, 2013
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The community organization supporting Fort Polk, La., is launching an initiative to promote the achievement of the local school district serving children of the soldiers and civilian personnel at the post. “Fort Polk Progress intends to work in cooperation with the Vernon Parish School Board to inform our military partners on the achievements of the school district, plans for continued excellence and the pursuit of implementation funds,” Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress, told the school board on Tuesday …

GAO to Look at Potential for Military Bases to Host Other Agencies, under Defense Bill

  • December 11, 2013
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The House and Senate Armed Services committees are interested in whether relocating non-defense agencies to military installations would save the federal government money and enhance security, according to language in the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill released earlier this week. The bill would require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a feasibility study …

Talk of Plan to Close Commissaries Prompts Anxiety from Military Families, Retirees

  • December 11, 2013
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Military families and retirees who rely on the commissaries at Keesler Air Force Base and the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Mississippi to buy groceries expressed consternation over the news that that the Pentagon might consider closing stateside commissaries. “We have heard lots of things bantered about and believe the system is working the way it is and don’t understand why time and time again the system seems to be under attack,” Candace Wheeler, spokesperson for the Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits …

Navy to Conduct Increased Training along Atlantic Coast

  • December 9, 2013
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The Navy will conduct more training along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, following the signing of an environmental impact statement, a change that will give service members more time to spend with their families. Officials considered the close proximity of homeports to the training ranges as a way to reduce travel for sailors and Marines from their duty stations, reported the Brunswick News. “The Navy is required to track and, where possible, limit the amount of time sailors and Marines spend deployed from home,” the study said. The designated area — where the Navy will conduct additional surface-to-air, surface-to-surface and anti-submarine warfare activities — is 2.6 million square nautical miles along the Atlantic, from Maine to Florida, and Gulf coasts.

Post’s Community Partners Offer Green Options for Ft. Leonard Wood’s Fleet

  • December 9, 2013
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Two groups that support the mission of Fort Leonard Wood in central Missouri last week displayed several green options for transportation across the post during its Transportation Days event. Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and the Leonard Wood Institute sponsored exhibits for hybrid automobiles, an automated tram system and a vRide vanpooling vehicle at Fort Leonard Wood’s Transportation Days event. Bringing the transit system to the event was intended to provide personnel and workers at the installation an opportunity to see and ride a robotic vehicle …

Compromise Version of Authorization Bill Retains Earlier BRAC Prohibitions

  • December 9, 2013
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The compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill unveiled Monday by leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees retains language barring the Pentagon from initiating a new base closure round included in earlier versions of the legislation. When the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee in June both failed to endorse the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 it was clear that any debate on Capitol Hill over the possibility of scheduling additional base closures would be put off for at least one year …

Soldiers Expected to Benefit from Loosening of Ft. Drum’s Housing Market

  • December 8, 2013
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The North Country region of New York surrounding Fort Drum, typically a very tight housing market, now has a 5 percent vacancy rate, a development that will make it easier for soldiers stationed there to find accommodations in the Watertown area. As a result, military personnel should have more options in the community, and landlords will be forced to compete with newer properties, said James Wright, executive director of the Development Authority of the North Country. “That dynamic has now changed, and it will change the interaction within the community …

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