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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

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 …

Improved Industrial Efficiency Contributing to Excess Infrastructure, Hammack Says

  • March 18, 2013
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The Pentagon’s plan to shrink the Army’s active duty end strength from 570,00 soldiers in fiscal 2010 to 490,000 soldiers by FY 2017, along with possibility of greater reductions forced by sequestration, are the primary drivers behind the service’s argument that it needs a base closure round to trim excess capacity. But in her testimony delivered last week to the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and the environment, also cited improvements in the efficiency of the service’s industrial base as another factor driving the Army’s need for a smaller footprint …

Florida Legislature Advances Bills to Combat Encroachment

  • March 17, 2013
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Florida lawmakers last week approved bills that would extend the ability of the state to protect military installations from incompatible development. On Thursday, a Senate committee passed a measure allowing Florida’s Military Base Protection Program to fund the purchase of land bordering military bases needed to prevent conflicts with residential and commercial development …

Montana Considers Panel to Preserve Military Presence

  • March 15, 2013
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A Montana lawmaker is proposing the state establish a task force to protect and expand military missions in the state. The sponsor of House Bill 579 is State Rep. Roger Hagan, who represents Great Falls, the home of Malmstrom Air Force Base. Other states already have created task forces, and Montana’s lack of one could hurt the state in the event of a BRAC round, according to the bill. The House State Administration Committee has not yet voted on the legislation, reported the Billings Gazette.

Witnesses Reveal No News on Pentagon’s BRAC Intentions

  • March 14, 2013
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Because the White House has not yet delivered its fiscal 2014 budget request, the Pentagon witnesses at Thursday’s hearing of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee were able to argue the merits of holding additional base closure rounds, but they were unable to say whether the administration would be requesting one more rounds as part of the new budget proposal. “We will be treating the administration’s position on future BRAC rounds as pre-decisional,” John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, said at the outset of his prepared remarks …

Lawmakers Use Automatic Spending Cuts to Argue against New Closure Round

  • March 14, 2013
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It came as no surprise during Thursday’s hearing of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee that Republicans and Democrats both were adamantly opposed to a looming request from the Pentagon to hold one or more new BRAC rounds. Possibly the only reason to think the mood in Congress had changed since lawmakers last year rejected the administration’s request for two rounds is the arrival of sequestration. The administration’s primary argument to revisit the issue is that a scaling back of force structure …

Committee Pounds Administration’s Anticipated Request for New BRAC Rounds

  • March 14, 2013
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If Congress is going to authorize one or more base closure rounds in this year’s defense authorization bill, a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday made clear that it won’t come as a result of support from the House subcommittee responsible for launching a new BRAC. Reiterating many of the same arguments used last year to rebuff the administration’s request for two new rounds, both Republican and Democratic members of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee openly criticized the Pentagon’s arguments to hold a BRAC round …

Dayton Group Prepares Wright-Patterson for Next BRAC

  • March 13, 2013
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Looming base closures rounds in the coming years offer Dayton and the surrounding region the possibility of tremendous gains at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, along with potential risks for the local economy, officials from the Dayton Development Coalition said at a forum on Wednesday. Based on past BRAC rounds, the Springfield Air National Guard base, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Business and Enterprise Directorate, and Air Force Material Command logistics and operations staff could be at risk for reductions or closure …

Pittsburgh Reserve Wing Earns Reprieve through FY’14

  • March 13, 2013
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The Air Force will not close Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, home of the 911th Airlift Wing and about 1,300 reservists and 300 civilians, before fiscal 2015, the service announced Wednesday. The Air Force’s decision to restore the 911th to eight assigned aircraft through Sept. 30, 2014, followed the recommendations of an intratheater airlift working group the service established at the beginning of the year after Congress scaled back its request to trim aircraft and personnel from the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve …

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