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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Army Communities Pull out All the Stops ahead of Listening Sessions

  • January 26, 2015
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The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance is asking area residents to wear green when Army officials visit next week to hear public comments about Fort Carson before the service deliberates over a second round of restructuring intended to shave its end strength to 420,000. The post could lose a maximum of 16,000 soldiers over the two rounds. “The Army is sending out some pretty significant officials,” Andy Merritt, who oversees military affairs for the alliance, told the Colorado Springs Gazette. “We certainly want to be able to make sure those guys go back with a positive view of what is going on here …

Ohio Lawmakers, Installation Officials Discuss BRAC Scenarios

  • January 26, 2015
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Four Ohio lawmakers met with military officials on Friday to gather input for a plan to defend, and possibly enhance, the state’s installations in a future round of base closures. “What is our assessment of our vulnerabilities and opportunities as we look to the future and the possibility of decreased defense spending and another possible Base Realignment and Closure,” said Rep. Mike Turner. “How does it happen? What is the scope? How do we play the best hand to make sure that Ohio wins …

Air Force Refines Encroachment Program

  • January 25, 2015
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Recent moves by the Air Force are helping to bolster its encroachment management program, including issuing new guidance for a comprehensive initiative to limit incompatible development outsides its installations and establishing the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) as the program office for the service-wide effort. In October, officials assigned the center’s planning and integration directorate the task of providing reach-back support to installations, major commands and direct reporting units on all aspects of encroachment, AFCEC reported. “The overall purpose of the AFEM [Air Force encroachment management] program is to reach across the entire installation community to solve problems and preserve the Air Force mission capability,” said Charles Cyr, chief of the directorate’s regional development planning branch …

South Sound Stands up for JB Lewis-McChord

  • January 25, 2015
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More than 500 residents from many of the 15 communities that surround Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., made the case for shielding the installation from further cuts during a listening session the Army held last week to gather public input before it decides how to shrink the service’s end strength by 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. The installation located at the south end of Puget Sound already suffered the loss of about 5,000 soldiers during a previous round of Army downsizing. Now officials are considering eliminating up to 11,000 additional personnel during a second round of restructuring intended to cut the service’s end strength to 420,000. More than 60 people offered comments during the three-hour session. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) highlighted the support the state provides military personnel and their families as well as veterans …

Ohio Air Station Sees Community Partnerships as Key to Sustainment

  • January 25, 2015
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In an attempt to leverage limited federal funding, officials at Youngstown Air Reserve Station in northeast Ohio are considering forming partnerships with a variety of local entities, including Kent State University at Trumbull, Mercy Health System and neighboring municipalities. “It’s about taxpayer dollars in this day of dwindling budgets, we have to make sure we’re the most economically capable, viable and integrated small base out there,” said Col. James Dignan, 910th Airlift Wing commander …

Further Cuts to Follow Loss of Brigade at Ft. Carson

  • January 25, 2015
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The inactivation of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson earlier this month is slated to be followed by the loss of another unit later this year and potentially further cuts in the coming years after the Army figures out how to trim its end strength to 420,000. Many of the brigade combat team’s personnel will remain at the Colorado post, with 1,500 troops assigned to other units there and 2,700 soldiers relocated or separated, reported the Colorado Springs Independent. Later this year, an Apache helicopter unit is scheduled to move to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Also looming is the second round of Army restructuring needed to eliminate up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. Fort Carson could lose a maximum of 16,000 soldiers and civilian personnel over the two rounds …

Monterey Paved the Way for Communities, Installations to Share Municipal Services

  • January 22, 2015
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NPR’s Morning Edition on Thursday featured the pioneering partnership between the city of Monterey, Calif., and the Presidio of Monterey that delivers many base operating services to the installation at a lower cost than it had been paying. The initiative, which began more than two decades ago as a pilot project, helped convince lawmakers to include language in the FY 2013 defense authorization bill permitting all installations to form partnerships with their host communities to share support services for most municipal functions. In the two years since the legislation was enacted, Air Force and Army installations have been trying to take advantage of the new authority by collaborating with their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements …

Thousands Turn out to Support Ft. Campbell at Listening Session

  • January 21, 2015
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Tuesday’s listening session at Fort Campbell, Ky., was marked by an overwhelming turnout, with an estimated 1,900 people filling seats at the post’s family resource center and two other venues receiving a live feed, and 2,500 others turned away. And with more than two dozen speakers making presentations in support of the installation and its host community, the session extended more than two hours after its scheduled ending time. In addition, the session was streamed online and broadcast on two radio stations. Afterward, the Army official in charge of the session — held to gather public input before deciding how to shrink the service’s end strength by 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020 — said the community did “an awesome job …

JB San Antonio to Host Air Force Installation Support Center

  • January 21, 2015
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Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland will host the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center headquarters, officials announced Wednesday. Joint Base San Antonio was selected over three other candidates — Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio — primarily because much of the new organization’s subordinate staff already are located there, according to a press release. Initial personnel assigned to the support center are expected to begin reporting by summer 2015, with most of the staff slated to be in place by fall 2016 …

Malmstrom Supporter Eyes Potential for Mission Growth in Next BRAC

  • January 21, 2015
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Malmstrom Air Force Base has the potential to benefit from a new round of base closures through mission growth, according to David Weissman, chairman of the Montana Defense Alliance. “We think that there might be the opportunity through the BRAC to actually increase the size of Malmstrom if they were to reduce a base and move assets around. So our strategy would actually be to look at growth,” Weissman told KRTV. Congress has ignored the Pentagon’s calls for a BRAC recently, but Weissman believes lawmakers are close to realizing that the military services need a way to pare down their excess capacity. “I believe that the next year or so will be pretty eye-opening for them all and they’ll come around and believe it’s the right thing to do,” he said …

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