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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Decision to Remove Fencing at Federal City Troubles Military Families

  • October 7, 2014
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A recent decision by the Algiers Development District to remove perimeter fencing surrounding the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans has upset many of the almost 200 military families who live in Navy housing located inside the Federal City project. Local officials intended to open up the Federal City project to the public to make it more attractive to prospective tenants. The families, who are now concerned about their safety, believed the fencing would remain until many of the existing buildings on the campus had tenants, reports the Times-Picayune. To date, most of the former Navy buildings are vacant …

BRAC is Coming, Principi Says

  • October 6, 2014
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Anthony Principi, chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission, is convinced a new base closure round will be held in the next five years. “At some point, Congress is going to have to authorize a BRAC” commission, Principi told Seacoastonline last week. “I’ve seen the trepidation [of base closures] first-hand, and I know [a BRAC round] can create an anxious time for communities. But the bottom line is that there’s a lot of excess military infrastructure, and it’s costly,” he said. The paper interviewed Principi ahead of his visit today, along with Maine gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud (D), to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Principi last visited the shipyard during the 2005 BRAC round. The commission later voted to take it off the closure list. At the time, he said it was “the premiere public shipyard. It should be the gold standard by which we should measure other shipyards.” Principi told the paper he is confident Portsmouth will survive a future BRAC.

New Commissary to Support Pittsburgh-Area Service Members, Veterans

  • October 6, 2014
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The nine-year odyssey to replace the commissary and post exchange at an Army facility closing as a result of BRAC 2005 is almost complete, with the grand opening for new stores set for later this month. After the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility, located outside of Pittsburgh in Collier, was designated for closure in 2005, local veterans and military support groups lobbied lawmakers and the Pentagon to retain a post exchange and commissary in the region, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Even with the closure of the Kelly Support Facility, the area still is home to several units — the Army Reserve’s 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, the Air Force Reserve’s 911th Airlift Wing and Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing …

Region Can Still Benefit from Ft. Bragg Support Group, Director Says

  • October 6, 2014
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Eight years after its predecessor organization was formed to help accommodate growth at Fort Bragg stemming from the 2005 BRAC round, the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance finds itself needing to demonstrate its value to member counties. By the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year in July, only four of the 11 original participating counties surrounding Fayetteville, N.C., were still members. And as state and federal grants have evaporated, the organization is relying solely on local funding, reports the Fayetteville Observer. “We’re a lean, mean organization right now,” said Alliance CEO Greg Taylor. Its two staff members recently accepted furloughs …

Navy Names NAS Lemoore as West Coast Home for F-35Cs

  • October 2, 2014
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The Navy will base a total of 100 F-35C fighter jets at Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California, according to a record of decision officials announced Thursday. Local leaders cheered the decision, which had been expected since earlier this year, as it will expand the scope of the base’s existing mission, reported The Fresno Bee. The fifth-generation fighters will replace 70 aging F/A-18 Hornets now based at Lemoore. The number of aircraft based there may not reach 100 until 2028, however …

Alabama Measure Offers Residents Chance to Support Local Armories

  • October 2, 2014
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Alabama residents will have an opportunity during November’s midterm elections to support an amendment authorizing the state to borrow up to $50 million to improve the condition of its National Guard armories. “A lot of our armories are desolate places. Some are 30 to 50 years old. It would be financially irresponsible for us to not do this and try to maintain and improve these facilities,” state Rep. Mark Tuggle told the Rotary Club last week in Tallassee. Tuggle, state Sen. Tom Whatley, and other lawmakers who sponsored the amendment believe it offers the state a good shot at shielding its armories from a future round of base closures …

Air Force Engineering Center Moved to New Installation Support Organization

  • October 1, 2014
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Six organizations, including the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, were moved under Air Force Materiel Command on Oct. 1 to help form the foundation of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center when it is formally activated in 2015. The newly created AFIMSC will consolidate installation management functions currently being performed at 10 major commands, two direct reporting units and multiple field operating agencies. The center’s support capabilities will include security forces, civil engineering, base communications, logistics readiness, installation ministry programs, services and operational contracting …

Aberdeen PG Faces Loss of Chemical Battalion

  • September 30, 2014
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The 22nd Chemical Battalion, a 270-soldier unit responsible for assessing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, may be relocated from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., in 2016 or later, the post’s garrison commander said at a public meeting last month. While the number of personnel is relatively small compared to a workforce of 22,000, such a move would represent a significant portion of Aberdeen’s military component. Service members make up only 3 percent of the workers at the installation …

Colorado Springs Leaders Work Together to Defend Military Bases

  • September 30, 2014
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Despite political differences, a delegation of 13 business and community leaders from the Pikes Peak region presented a united front this week as they visited with Pentagon officials and Capitol Hill staff in an attempt to stave off deep spending cuts to the region’s five installations. Even before the Army decides what posts will lose personnel as it figures how to shrink its active-duty end strength by 70,000 soldiers, Fort Carson and other installations in the Colorado Springs region already are coping with recent cuts. Fort Carson will lose 1,500 soldiers in the coming weeks as one of its brigade combat teams is disestablished …

DOD Releases Annual Facilities Inventory

  • September 29, 2014
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A database of DOD’s worldwide inventory of more than 4,000 sites, with figures detailing the number of buildings, acres and the plant replacement value, for fiscal 2014 was released earlier this month. A separate section of the Base Structure Report includes personnel data for every U.S. installation. That section includes the number of military personnel — broken down by service — and civilian workers by installation. One chart in the 199-page report — a snapshot of data from the military departments as of Sept. 30, 2013 — shows the total number of active installations by service: Army — 105; Navy — 108; and Air Force — 87 …

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