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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Lawmakers Look for a Way Out from Civilian Furloughs

  • July 17, 2013
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Lawmakers in the House seeking to block furloughs of DOD’s civilian employees have been crafting amendments to the fiscal 2014 defense spending bill. While many House Republicans believe that sequestration hasn’t been as harmful as advertised, some members of both parties are concerned about the impact of furloughs on their constituents and on the nation’s military readiness …

Top Pentagon Staff Face 20 Percent Cut, Hagel Says

  • July 16, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he is considering imposing a 20 percent budget cut on staff for his office and other headquarters offices in the Pentagon to address the likelihood that sequestration continues into the future. Hagel did not provide specifics about the proposed “20 percent across-the-top cut in our offices,” but indicated it would first go into effect in 2015 and would finish being carried out by 2019. The reductions would apply to Hagel’s office, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and headquarters offices for each of the services …

Air Force Budget Reallocation Delivers No Relief to Facilities, Depot Operations

  • July 16, 2013
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The budget reprogramming announced Monday by the Air Force that allowed flight training to resume at numerous units that had been grounded leaves many other activities “degraded,” officials said Tuesday. Some of the largest spending cuts stemming from sequestration affected facilities maintenance, where many installations are addressing only emergency work orders. “Right now, most bases only have the resources to do emergency facility and infrastructure repairs in order to avoid imminent mission failure or threats to life, health or safety …

Albuquerque’s Drinking Wells Not Yet Endangered by Kirtland AFB Fuel Spill

  • July 15, 2013
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An underground fuel leak at Kirtland Air Force Base dating to the late 1950s has not yet contaminated the drinking water supply of Albuquerque, N.M., according to an assessment from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The assessment confirmed the conclusion reached earlier by state and local officials that contaminated groundwater has not reached the city’s drinking water wells, reported the Albuquerque Journal. The Air Force discovered the leak of aviation gas and jet fuel in 1999. Since then, the Air Force has monitored the plume, which continues to move toward the city’s water supply …

Layoffs at Navy Installations to Spare Priority Programs

  • July 15, 2013
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Layoffs of up to 745 civilian employees announced last month by Commander, Navy Installations Command are not expected to diminish the service’s quality-of-life and direct operation support programs. The elimination of the positions, which amounts to 5 percent of the command’s workforce throughout its shore enterprise, is needed to mitigate a significant funding shortfall by the end of the year. The command is slated to suffer a $600 million budget cut in fiscal 2014 …

Officials Celebrate Arrival of F-35 at Cherry Point Readiness Center

  • July 15, 2013
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Marine Corps leaders and elected officials hailed the arrival for modifications of the first F-35B Lightning II at Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East on Monday as the key to preserving a bright future for the depot, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and eastern North Carolina. “This is the day that we’ve been waiting for, the day that we’ve been waiting for for years,” said Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders, president of Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow. “This is the future of Cherry Point and FRC East. It couldn’t get much better unless this hangar was full of aircraft …

Air Force Structure Panel to Conduct Site Visits, Hold Hearings at Active, Guard Bases

  • July 15, 2013
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A congressionally created commission reviewing the appropriate balance between the Air Force’s regular and reserve components will visit a mix of 13 active, Air National Guard and Air Reserve bases over the next several months to gather input from military commanders as well as community leaders. During its visits at each location, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will tour facilities, hear mission briefings and meet airmen at wing, group and squadron levels. The commission also will hold off-base hearings with state and local community leaders and the general public …

Grounded Units Resume Flying after Congress Approves Funding Shift

  • July 15, 2013
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Sixteen combat squadrons that had been grounded since April due to sequestration resumed flying Monday as the result of a reprogramming allocation for the Air Force approved by Congress. The Air Force is applying $208 million from a $1.8 billion reprogramming allocation to reinstate training and test operations for the Combat Air Forces fleet, allowing fighters, bombers and airborne warning and control aircraft to begin flying again. In April, Air Combat Command said it would eliminate 45,000 flying hours for the duration of fiscal 2013, forcing it to ground one-third of its active-duty aircraft in order to deal with automatic budget cuts …

Many Agencies, Installations Pick Friday to Take Furloughs

  • July 14, 2013
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Friday was the first day of furloughs for many of the 650,000 DOD civilians forced to take one unpaid day of leave per week for 11 weeks for the remainder of the fiscal year. In Arlington, Va., the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) was closed on Friday, as it will be every Friday through Sept. 30. “Our civilian staff is not authorized to perform any official duty during these days, including communication by Blackberry or other mobile device, or e-mail. We ask your patience with us as we work through this period, and apologize in advance for any inconvenience it may cause you,” read an announcement on the agency’s website …

Economic Study to Revitalize Communities outside Fort Worth Base

  • July 8, 2013
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Officials from multiple communities in West Fort Worth, Texas, are looking to an economic development study to attract new business and revitalize neighborhoods surrounding Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. In addition to economic development, the study, funded through a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a $200,000 local match from the Regional Transportation Council, will assess public transportation and housing, reported the Fort Worth Business Press. The Planning for Livable Military Communities project is intended to leverage the area’s existing cultural and retail resources to support development that is compatible with operations at the base.

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