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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Support Group Launches BRAC Evaluation to Gauge Robins’ Standing among Depots

  • March 25, 2013
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The 21st Century Partnership, the community partner for Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has commissioned a series of 15 studies for $175,000 to assess how the installation compares to 12 other service depots as part of its effort to prepare for a future BRAC round. The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is conducting the studies, which will evaluate Robins’ strengths and weaknesses on 15 different military and community factors, including education, encroachment and economic impact …

States Hires Consultant to Prepare Virginia’s Bases for BRAC

  • March 25, 2013
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The Virginia governor’s office has hired an Alexandria, Va.-based consulting firm to review the state’s military installations for possible vulnerabilities in a future BRAC round, the second of two recent actions the state has taken to preserve military missions located throughout Virginia. The Spectrum Group will visit each of the state’s installations and develop a closure risk assessment for each …

New Mexico, Texas Communities Partner on Regional JLUS

  • March 25, 2013
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A group of nine counties and cities in New Mexico and Texas have formed a regional planning organization to conduct a joint land use study that will identify potential land use conflicts that could interfere with the missions at White Sands Missile Range, Holloman Air Force Base and Fort Bliss. The study covers a large swath of south central New Mexico and the western-most tip of Texas as the three installations encompass more than 3.4 million acres with restricted airspace spanning nearly 10,000 square miles …

Communities Push for an Advantage as Army Considers Drawdown Scenarios

  • March 24, 2013
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Army Environmental Command received thousands of responses to its assessment of the service’s plan to trim its active duty end strength from 562,000 to 490,000 by fiscal 2020 before the public comment period ended last week. “We get about 200 comments a day,” spokeswoman Cathy Kropp told the Ledger-Enquirer. “We are getting boxes in the mail.” As of last week, the installations receiving the most comments were Fort Polk, La.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; and Fort Carson, Colo. …

Council’s Change of Heart Protects Hampton Roads Landing Field from Encroachment

  • March 21, 2013
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One month after approving a request to rezone land for a residential subdivision that the Navy said could threaten its use of Fentress Naval Auxiliary Field, the Chesapeake, Va., City Council this week reversed itself and voted against rezoning the site that is located about two-and-a-half miles from the airfield. The city council’s original vote ignored repeated appeals from the Navy and violated an agreement Chesapeake and Virginia Beach made with the Navy after the 2005 round of base closures to limit development near the two facilities, reported the Virginian-Pilot …

Air Guard Wing at Willow Grove Gets Drone Mission

  • March 20, 2013
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The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located at Horsham Air Guard Station, will take on ground control for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system starting Oct. 1, officials announced Wednesday. The new mission for the 111th helps make up for the loss of the unit’s A-10 fighter jets, which were realigned following the 2005 round of base closures. The wing will add a total of 250 military and civilian jobs, including about 75 full-time jobs, reported the Morning Call. Sequestration could delay the new mission from going ahead, though, as the base currently has a hiring freeze, said a spokesman. The Air Guard station is located at the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove in suburban Philadelphia.

Pentagon Leadership Pushes Case for BRAC

  • March 20, 2013
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In separate remarks this week about how the military is coping with deep spending cuts, senior defense leaders said closing unneeded bases is one necessary component to putting DOD’s budget on a sustainable path. During remarks Wednesday, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, said the department’s inventory of installations is a fixed cost that it no longer can afford. “We didn’t get rid of nearly all of our excess capacity in the first three rounds of [BRAC], so there’s more to be done there and money to be saved …

Better to Conduct BRAC Sooner Rather than Later, Principi Says

  • March 19, 2013
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Defense communities generally would be better off if the Pentagon launched a base closure round sooner rather than waiting, due to the threat that the services would try to conduct a “backdoor BRAC” in the absence of a scheduled round and because of the benefits the BRAC process provides communities, Anthony Principi, chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission, said in a recent interview. If no BRAC round is on the horizon, the services may try to trim the number of civilians or realign military personnel at some installations, as long as they don’t exceed statutory limits on such changes …

Texas Needs to Support its Defense Communities before Next BRAC, Official Says

  • March 18, 2013
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The lack of a state-led program in Texas to prepare its 15 military installations for future BRAC rounds leaves its defense communities at a disadvantage compared to other states, according to a commentary in the Corpus Christi Caller. Last week, Capt. Rob Bennett, commanding officer at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth and chair of the Texas Commanders Council, told the Veterans and Military Installations Committee of the Texas Senate that the state’s focus has been reactive, providing funds for communities hurt by base realignments and closures …

Navy, State Break Ground on Dive Locker at Groton Sub Base

  • March 18, 2013
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The Connecticut’s Office of Military Affairs participated in a groundbreaking earlier this month at Naval Submarine Base New London for a $3.5 million diver support facility paid for by the state. The dive locker, which will replace an existing facility that is almost 100 years old, is the latest in a handful of projects the state has funded at the submarine base in recent years to strengthen its standing in a future BRAC round …

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