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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Alabama City Considers Investing in Schools to Support Ft. Rucker

  • June 23, 2014
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Enterprise City Schools are asking for assistance from the city council to fund a $16.5 million improvement plan designed in part to bolster the community’s support of nearby Fort Rucker. At a joint work session last week of the school board and city council, Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell applauded the school superintendent for helping the city prepare for an impending BRAC round. “I sit on the Military Stability Commission for the state of Alabama, and education has been at the focus of every meeting over the last year or so …

Maryland Communities Ramp up Efforts to Strengthen Installations

  • June 23, 2014
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Defense communities throughout Maryland are taking a careful look at their strengths and weaknesses to ensure local installations come out ahead in future deliberations over paring down military infrastructure. It may not be clear how soon another BRAC round will be conducted, but spending reductions already are on the way. “There are going to be cuts,” said Mike Hayes, director of the state’s office of military affairs …

Army Shrinks following Officer Separations

  • June 23, 2014
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About 1,100 Army captains and 500 majors are slated to receive notice over the next month that their Army careers will end shortly as the service continues to draw down to an active-duty end strength of 490,000 soldiers. About 500 noncommissioned officers also will be subject this year to early separation forced by strict defense spending caps imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell told Stars and Stripes that the cuts aren’t something anyone wanted. “They’re in the Army now, and in other times they’d probably continue to stay in the Army …

Virginia Should Welcome a BRAC Round, State Official Says

  • June 22, 2014
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The commonwealth of Virginia should embrace a looming round of base closures as a way to increase missions at state installations, particularly in Hampton Roads, John Harvey Jr., Virginia’s secretary of veterans and defense affairs, said last week. Harvey, a retired admiral who headed Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, argued that Virginia is likely to come out ahead in the next BRAC round. “There is no other state that has the inherent advantages, geographic advantages, the institutional advantages, the type of workforce that supports the services that Virginia does …

Army to Release Initial Findings from Basing Analysis

  • June 19, 2014
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The Army is expected shortly to release its preliminary analysis of the local impacts that would result from a reduction in its active-duty end strength to a range of between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers. The analysis follows a similar exercise officials conducted before deciding last June how to restructure forces after shrinking end strength by 80,000 soldiers and deactivating brigade combat teams at 10 U.S. installations. That drawdown is now under way and will leave the Army with 490,000 troops by the end of 2015 …

House Votes to Oppose BRAC, Preserve A-10 Fleet

  • June 19, 2014
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In two votes that succinctly summarize the challenge the Pentagon faces in planning for mandated budget cuts, House lawmakers voted Thursday night to bar DOD from spending any funds to plan for or carry out another BRAC round, and to prevent it from implementing the Air Force’s proposal to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft. The two votes came during House debate of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill. Final passage of the bill is expected today …

Despite Long Odds, BRAC Still Worth Fighting For, James Says

  • June 18, 2014
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is pessimistic about the prospect that Congress will approve the Pentagon’s request for a new BRAC round in 2017, but believes DOD will continue trying to persuade lawmakers of its importance at a time when it is coping with stringent spending caps. “As a person who came out of business, the last things a corporation would do is spend money on facilities that are no longer needed,” James told defense reporters Wednesday. “You would never, never, never run a business this way. I realize government is not a business. But there are certain principles [that] make good common sense …

Massachusetts Breaks Ground on Road Project to Benefit Army Research Center

  • June 18, 2014
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State, local and military officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday to celebrate a $2.5 million road improvement project designed to improve traffic flow on a major access route to the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center outside of Boston. The project, scheduled to finish next summer, will repave Kansas Street, improve intersections, enhance drainage, install a new water main and create a new multi-use path, reports MetroWest Daily News. It is being funded by the state government and includes a $1.5 million MassWorks grant intended to support housing, economic development and job creation …

OEA Studies Adapt to Climate Change

  • June 17, 2014
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With alarm over the potential impacts of climate change to military infrastructure and their host communities growing louder, joint land use studies (JLUS) conducted by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) are now looking at strategies for communities to address sea-level rise and other environmental changes. Joint land use studies have been used in dozens of communities across DOD to help local officials stem urban encroachment and promote compatible development. The studies will continue to maintain that focus, but now communities can consider adding climate adaptation planning to the analysis …

DOD Funding Needed to Accelerate Transportation Projects, Appropriators Say

  • June 16, 2014
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The Pentagon should allocate funding for transportation projects outside the gates of military installations to help host communities accommodate increases in traffic stemming from mission growth, according to the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill. “By including mission growth transportation projects as eligible infrastructure projects for federal defense funding, important improvements can be made while creating jobs and strengthening national security …

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