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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Once More unto the Breach: Central Louisiana Leaders Urge Support for Ft. Polk

  • July 6, 2014
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One year after a local outpouring of support for Fort Polk helped to bolster the post’s position amid an effort to trim the Army’s active-duty end strength to 490,000, area leaders again beseeched the public to act to prevent the installation from losing up to 60 percent of its personnel. “Last year, for the first time, we changed the perception of Fort Polk by the Army,” Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress, said at a press conference Wednesday. The Army received about 4,300 responses from area residents last year during the public comment period as it assessed how to restructure its brigade combat teams …

Timing of Next Steps in Army’s Basing Analysis Unclear

  • July 6, 2014
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After the Army makes a final determination as to whether a full-blown environmental impact statement is required as part of its evaluation of how it will shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 soldiers, it most likely will hold “listening sessions” in affected communities before making decisions regarding changes in force structure. At this point, however, it is too early to say when officials will hold sessions to gather input from local leaders in each of the 30 communities evaluated in the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released last month …

National Army Museum Opening Delayed until 2018

  • July 1, 2014
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The opening date for the National Museum of the U.S. Army, slated to occupy 41 acres at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, has been pushed back to 2018 as organizers strive to raise more funds for the effort. So far the Army Historical Foundation has raised $81million, but the group needs $33 million more before it can break ground on the project, reports Army Times. At that point the federal government will release $25 million authorized for site preparation …

Clarksville Leaders Pledge Unified Effort to Stave off Force Reductions

  • July 1, 2014
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Leaders in Middle Tennessee are vowing to pull together to head off the potential loss of one-half of the military and civilian personnel at Fort Campbell, following last week’s release of an Army analysis of the economic impacts associated with eliminating 70,000 active-duty soldiers across the service. For Fort Campbell, the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment considers a reduction of up to 15,221 soldiers and 779 civilians. The post currently hosts a population of 32,281 personnel …

Examples of Potential Climate Change Impacts to DOD Facilities on Increase, GAO Finds

  • July 1, 2014
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A variety of climate change phenomena — including rising temperatures, increasing storm frequency and intensity, and changes in precipitation patterns — have been observed at DOD installations in recent years, with the potential impacts threatening military infrastructure, interfering with training, and imposing significant costs on the department, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). At 15 sites the agency visited or contacted, installation officials cited a range of mission vulnerabilities stemming from potential climate change impacts, including the potential loss of cold weather training venues, reduced live-fire training due to drought and increased wildfire risk, and increased costs for maintenance and infrastructure reinforcement …

Local Initiative to Highlight Strengths at Fort Benning ahead of Army Downsizing

  • July 1, 2014
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Faced with the prospect of losing thousands of soldiers as the Army considers a new round of personnel reductions, leaders from Columbus, Ga., have launched a “Fort Benning Partnership” initiative to let Army officials and federal lawmakers know the value of the post’s missions, personnel and assets. “Our citizens need to know how serious of a threat this is to our community, and it’s really the broader Chattahoochee Valley community,” said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson …

Pentagon Needs to Bolster Climate Change Planning Efforts, GAO Finds

  • July 1, 2014
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In the past several years, the Defense Department has identified the impacts of climate change, such as rising temperatures and sea levels, as potential threats to its infrastructure, prompting the department to begin assessing installations’ vulnerability to climate change and to incorporate the phenomenon into installation planning efforts. Due to a number of limitations in its planning efforts, though, DOD needs to better prepare for the impacts of climate change, according to a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) …

City, State to Protect Landing Field Used by NAS Oceana from Encroachment

  • June 29, 2014
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The Chesapeake (Va.) City Council last week approved a program to use city funds to protect Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, used by pilots based at nearby Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach to practice carrier landings, from encroachment. The initiative calls for Chesapeake to spend $1 million, an amount that would be matched by the commonwealth of Virginia, to either purchase land or the development rights around Fentress. The city already has spent about $4.3 million since 2008 purchasing hundreds of acres along the flight path from Fentress to Oceana …

N.C. House Passes Bill to Keep BRAC Deliberations Secret

  • June 29, 2014
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The North Carolina House last week approved legislation allowing state officials, including the state Military Affairs Commission, to withhold information from the public about deliberations conducted to protect the state’s military installations during a BRAC round. Meetings to discuss such matters could be closed under the bill, which received no advance notice before emerging in committee June 25, reported the Fayetteville Observer. It passed unanimously on the House floor that afternoon. It now heads to the state Senate for a vote …

Southeastern Arizona Officials Attempt to Head Off Prospective Cuts at Ft. Huachuca

  • June 29, 2014
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Prompted by earlier indications that the Army was contemplating eliminating almost 50 percent of the personnel at Fort Huachuca as part of a looming round of force reductions that could shrink the service to an active-duty end strength of 420,000, officials representing Sierra Vista, Ariz., and the surrounding region have been scrambling to stave off the cuts. “We’re trying to get ahead of whatever curve you can get ahead of with something like this, and we are working to try and diversify our economy,” said Mignonne Hollis, executive director of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation …

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