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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Air Base Can Learn from Losing Competition for KC-46, Support Group Official Says

  • September 11, 2014
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Although the Air Force did not select Robins Air Force Base as one of the first installations to host the new KC-46A tanker, Middle Georgia can learn from that decision, according to the new head of the base’s local support group. “Because there will be other decisions to be made, what can we do to make sure, we first of all understand the process, and second, how do we cultivate the right atmosphere or fix what might need to be fixed, to ensure we have the right numbers,” said Charles Stenner, CEO of the 21st Century Partnership …

Military Remains Economic Engine for San Antonio despite Cutbacks

  • September 11, 2014
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Despite a shrinking military — and the loss of two Air Force bases since 2001 — DOD’s presence in San Antonio has continued to grow through new military health care, training and cybersecurity missions. Earlier this summer, a Joint Base San Antonio briefing said the three installations that make it up — Lackland and Randolph Air Force bases, and Fort Sam Houston — had an $8.1 billion payroll and are responsible for 292,456 direct and indirect jobs, reported the San Antonio Express-News. A 2011 study by the city found that almost 190,000 people were employed as a result of the joint base, generating a $27.7 billion annual economic impact. Following BRAC 2005, DOD spent $3.3 billion on construction at Joint Base San Antonio. The region’s veteran population also has a significant footprint. The 55,000 military retirees in Bexar County, which includes the city of San Antonio, produce a $2.2 billion annual economic impact, according to the story.

Ft. Drum Supporters Optimistic amid Army Downsizing

  • September 10, 2014
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The prospect of devastating cuts in personnel at Fort Drum, N.Y., is troubling as the Army considers shrinking its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops, but community leaders are confident the strengths of the post and the 10th Mountain Division, along with the support of the North Country region, will allow it to sidestep the deepest reductions. Fort Drum has multiple assets that will remain valuable to the Army even following significant cuts, said Carl McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization …

$10M TIGER Grant to Reduce Congestion outside Ft. Meade

  • September 9, 2014
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The Maryland Department of Transportation will receive $10 million in federal funding to reduce congestion on one of the primary roads providing access to Fort Meade, the state’s two senators announced Tuesday. The funds, awarded through the Department of Transportation’s transportation investment generating economic recovery (TIGER) grant program, would upgrade Route 175 from an undivided two-lane road to a divided six-lane road, with a trail, sidewalks and on-road bike facilities. The stretch of road serves a major entrance gate to the post, which has expanded since the last BRAC round to support a residential and employee population of about 56,000 …

Approval of Joint Use Runway at Hill AFB Expected to Boost Economic Development

  • September 9, 2014
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Officials in Layton, Utah, believe a newly approved 90-acre project area with access to the runway at Hill Air Force Base will attract development to a business park being created under an enhanced use lease. The project area available for shared use is located on the east side of the runway. It was approved Tuesday by the state Military Installation Development Authority, reported the Standard-Examiner. Last year, the city and the Air Force entered into a partnership to market the parcel to industry …

Communities Flood Army with Response to Restructuring Analysis

  • September 9, 2014
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Army Environmental Command has received more than 93,000 comments so far from defense communities to its assessment of the environmental and economic impacts from shrinking the service’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 420,000 by 2020. Officials still are counting public comments that were postmarked or emailed prior to the Aug. 25 deadline for responding to the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment, which looked at the impacts of personnel cuts ranging from to 2,500 to 16,000 at 30 installations …

Thornberry Firmly against Holding a BRAC Round Soon

  • September 8, 2014
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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), considered the frontrunner to replace Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) in the next Congress as chair of the Armed Services Committee, told supporters of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., last week that he opposes conducting a new round of base closures in the near future. “I don’t think you are going to see a BRAC anytime soon. We haven’t paid for the last one …

Local Officials Support Encroachment Study for NAS Meridian

  • September 4, 2014
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The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors this week approved a resolution favoring the county’s participation in a joint land use study to ensure growth surrounding Naval Air Station Meridian remains compatible with the pilot training mission at the base in east central Mississippi. The installation’s primary concerns are noise from jets taking off and landing and the safety of residences located close to its runways, according to Jim Copeland, the installation’s community plans and liaison officer …

State Awards $4M to Hampton Roads Communities to Fight Encroachment

  • September 4, 2014
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Three cities in southeastern Virginia will share $4.1 million in state funds to prevent development from interfering with operations at Naval Air Station Oceana, Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Navy Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress. The grants were made through the state’s federal action contingency trust (FACT) fund, which was established by the General Assembly to counter federal actions that adversely affect the state. Earlier this year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) refined the program’s criteria to include communities that have been harmed by encroachment at military installations …

Pennsylvania Governor Fights Army Plan to Eliminate National Guard Unit

  • September 4, 2014
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) has made it clear he will oppose a contingency plan by the Army to shut down a unit of the National Guard. The plan to eliminate the 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team is not in the current budget; it would not go into effect unless the Army is forced to adhere to the Budget Control Act spending caps in fiscal 2016, reported the Times-Leader. But it’s still a concern, Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, the state’s adjutant general, told the paper. In a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh, Corbett said he opposes the unit’s elimination and urged officials to cancel the “ill-advised reduction.” With that letter, the closure threat should have subsided, Craig said. “The governor knows elimination of any unit has to have his consent. That’s the law. U.S. Code Titles 10 and 32 spell that out,” he said.

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