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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Services Should Make Water Conservation a Priority, Milcon Panel Says

  • May 28, 2015
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Prolonged droughts in California and other states should serve as “a wake-up call” to DOD to redouble its efforts to manage and conserve water at its installations, according to the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. The panel said it was concerned by the prospect of increasingly severe drought-related water shortages, particularly in the West and Southwest. In its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill, the committee urged the department to take several steps to preserve scarce water resources …

Pennsylvania County Forms Group to Advocate for Ft. Indiantown Gap

  • May 28, 2015
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Lebanon County commissioners have formed a local defense group to shield Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training center in southeastern Pennsylvania, from possible cuts in a future BRAC round. The commissioners earlier received a $25,000 grant from the state to organize a local group to promote the installation, which employs 2,000 personnel. The commissioners will lead the local defense group with the support of a committee made up of staff members from Fort Indiantown Gap, county planners, local elected officials, business leaders and other stakeholders. The group’s first assignment will be to conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the post …

Arkansas Legislature Endorses Incentive Package for Lockheed Martin

  • May 28, 2015
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Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday approved an $87 million bond issue to allow Lockheed Martin to build joint light tactical vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps at its facility in Camden. The Maryland-based defense contractor would only receive the incentive package if it wins a DOD contract, which is expected to be awarded this summer. The company is competing against Indiana-based AM General and Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense. The joint light tactical vehicle would replace the Humvee made by AM General. With the incentive package, Lockheed has said it would create 589 jobs and retain 556 at its plant in southern Arkansas …

Colorado Should Focus on Encroachment, Local Infrastructure to Fend off BRAC, Report Says

  • May 27, 2015
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While Colorado has numerous assets that can be expected to work in its favor in the event of a new BRAC round, state officials need to act with urgency to promote the state’s value to DOD, according to a report released by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday. “The specter of sequestration beginning in FY16 is a shadow hanging over most internal DOD planning and programming deliberations,” the 82-page report says. “Colorado should be proactively monitoring the Washington political climate on DOD budget reductions, force structure realignments and strategy changes.” One focus of the report is the need to protect the state’s installations and training ranges from encroachment, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. One thorny issue state officials need to address is the 238,000-acre Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, a training site for Fort Carson that the Army has tried in the past to expand over the opposition of local ranchers …

Arkansas Army National Guard Calls for Closure of Eight Armories

  • May 27, 2015
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The adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard is scheduled to recommend the closure of eight Army readiness centers when he meets with Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday. Shutting down the eight armories, located primarily in the northeastern part of the state, would leave Arkansas with 54 readiness centers. The plan would save the Arkansas National Guard about $306,000 annually in operating costs for utilities and routine maintenance …

Senate Committee to Conduct Comprehensive Review of Military Forces, Capabilities

  • May 26, 2015
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DOD infrastructure will be one of a multitude of issues the Senate Armed Services Committee intends to dive into during a far-reaching, 18-month review of the roles, capabilities and size of the armed forces prompted by the evolving threats posed by a handful of powerful adversaries. “In short, for the first time in three decades, the United States faces a potential turning point where our nation’s long-standing military advantages threaten to be eroded by new shifts in the balance of military power,” the committee states in its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, S. 1376. The comprehensive assessment will look at force structure and posture, and overseas basing and infrastructure, among other topics …

Civilian Ambassadors Forge Links between Grand Forks AFB, Community

  • May 26, 2015
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A group of civilian ambassadors appointed by the wing commander of Grand Forks Air Force Base has been staying busy, keeping the Grand Forks community in eastern North Dakota up to date about activities at the installation, organizing military appreciation day events and traveling to Washington to meet with Pentagon officials. “Having a close relationship between the community and the base is very important. We always want the community to know what we’re doing out here, so we’re not a mystery,” said Wing Commander Col. Paul Bauman. The ambassadors are briefed on Air Force and air base activities during at least one event annually, and are invited to attend events planned for visiting high-ranking military leaders and other important visitors …

Heightened Security Could Exacerbate Traffic Woes outside Bases, Panel Says

  • May 25, 2015
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Constraints on military construction funding are hampering the ability of DOD to address traffic congestion on the roads leading to a number of U.S. installations, including those that have experienced significant population growth due to BRAC, according to the Senate Military Construction and Veteran Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. The constraints are limiting the ability of DOD to fund urgent defense access roads and entry control point projects at installations coping with growth due to BRAC as well as those serving as host commands for a wide variety of military services and agencies, the panel says in its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill …

Connecticut Sub Base Not Threatened by BRAC, Commander Says

  • May 25, 2015
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Naval Submarine Base New London is well positioned to weather the next BRAC round, the base commander said Thursday at a meeting sponsored by the Groton Business Association. “I think we have a compelling case for staying open,” said Capt. Carl Lahti. While the Army and Air Force are clamoring for the authority to close bases, senior Navy officials, including Secretary Ray Mabus, have said the department has the right amount of shore infrastructure for the current level of naval strength. Lahti said he believes certain base functions could be moved around but the Navy is not expecting any base closures during the next BRAC …

Texas Legislature Expected to Provide $30M for Installations

  • May 21, 2015
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Texas lawmakers are expected to include $30 million in the state’s next two-year budget to support military installations, reports the El Paso Times. The state’s compromise budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium now includes $30 million for defense economic adjustment assistance grants to help communities support local installations, but the plan still needs to be adopted by a House-Senate conference committee, Reps. Marisa Márquez (D) and Joe Pickett (D) told the paper. The move comes as the prospect of a new BRAC round looms. The budget request submitted by DOD in February requested permission to hold a BRAC in 2017, the fourth straight year the Obama administration has asked for approval for additional base closures …

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