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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Armed Services Panel Applauds Utilities Privatization, School Renovation Initiatives

  • May 10, 2015
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The House Armed Services Committee praised two initiatives that are resulting in upgraded facilities across DOD installations — utilities privatization and the construction and renovation of schools operated by local districts — in its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The department’s utilities privatization initiative has been able “to achieve greater efficiencies and reduce operating costs while recapitalizing aging utilities infrastructure with modern, reliable systems,” the committee stated. “In addition, the committee notes that utilities privatization can also enhance support to military missions,” according to the report …

Senate Panel Unlikely to Adopt DOD’s BRAC Request, McCain Says

  • May 7, 2015
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The Senate’s version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill probably won’t endorse the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday. “I think they made bad mistakes in the last couple of rounds, and so I am a bit skeptical,” McCain told reporters in explaining his opposition to approving additional base closures, reported CQ Roll Call. McCain had not weighed in on the BRAC question since taking the helm of the Armed Services Committee at the beginning of the year, but in March the chairman and ranking member, Jack Reed (D-R.I.), called for DOD to carry out management reforms “that could reduce or consolidate military headquarters, commands and infrastructure …

Committee Wants Update on DOD’s Plan for Mitigating Impact of Climate Change at Installations

  • May 7, 2015
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The House Armed Services Committee directs the Pentagon to brief it on the steps it is taking to mitigate the potential impacts of climate change, under an amendment to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill added during last week’s committee markup. According to the amendment, offered by Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), the briefing should address: How are changing conditions affecting operations and military readiness at U.S. installations? How are best practices being disseminated and implemented across U.S. installations …

Twentynine Palms Honored for Sustainability Program

  • May 7, 2015
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Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, located in the High Desert region of the Mojave Desert in Southern California, last month was named one of nine winners of the 2015 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for exceeding the department’s goals in energy reduction and water conservation and aggressively applying renewable energy solutions with an innovative and collaborative sustainability program. “Their efforts strengthen the department’s position as an environmental leader by integrating cost-effective environmental management with our national defense mission, thereby saving critical resources and helping to keep our country safe through sustained mission readiness,” Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said in a statement announcing the winners …

Defense Committee Embraces Installation-Community Partnerships

  • May 6, 2015
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The military services should take advantage of the relatively new authority allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with local governments to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions, according to report language accompanying the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. “The [House Armed Services] Committee notes that the authority to enter into intergovernmental support agreements is broad and encourages the Department of Defense to leverage this authority in a manner that provides costs savings and improved services in support of Department of Defense installations, military personnel and their families,” the report states …

Dyess AFB Relies on Inmates for Beautification

  • May 6, 2015
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Since the beginning of April, low-risk inmates from the Taylor County Detention Center have been cleaning up common areas at Dyess Air Force Base, located outside of Abilene, Texas, under a partnership between the Air Force and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. The inmates, escorted by an officer, have been clearing areas of weeds and debris, reported BigCountryhomepage.com. The Air Force is receiving the inmates’ services for free. “We’re not paying them, they’re not paying us. In the future, I’m sure there will be some sort of cross training between some of our officers and some of their personnel, and maybe even do some more specialized training for some of our people,” said Taylor County Sheriff Ricky Bishop …

Air Force’s Steven Zander Named as Finalist for Prestigious Civil Servant Award

  • May 5, 2015
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Steven Zander, who leads the Air Force Community Partnership Program, will be honored today on Capitol Hill as one of 30 finalists for the 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. “The Service to America Medal finalists showcase the good that our public servants do each and every day behind-the-scenes on behalf of the American public,” Max Stier, president and CEO of Partnership for Public Service, told Federal News Radio. “They epitomize the true spirit and value of public service,” Stier said. Zander was nominated in the management excellence category for leading a team to develop innovative partnerships between Air Force bases and their neighboring communities to save money and strengthen the local base and community support in a wide range of service areas, including libraries, golf courses, snow removal, operation of a water/wastewater treatment plant, and construction/maintenance of ball fields …

Army Reassigns White Sands’ Engineer Battalion

  • May 5, 2015
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The Army’s 2nd Engineer Battalion — based at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., after it was reactivated in 2008 — is being reassigned to Fort Bliss, Texas, after being reorganized once again. The battalion had 500 soldiers in 2008 but as of its casing ceremony last week, it was down to 200 personnel. Two of the battalion’s companies are moving to Fort Bliss, one company is transferring to Fort Polk, La., one will be inactivated, and the remaining soldiers will be reassigned elsewhere …

Panel Directs GAO to Study Impact of Deferred Maintenance on Readiness

  • May 4, 2015
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In response to concerns over DOD’s policy to stop fully funding facilities sustainment, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee directs the Government Accountability Office to review the state of the department’s facility sustainment and recapitalization program, according to report language attached to the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The congressional watchdog agency should address: to what extent has DOD met its goals for sustainment and recapitalization of its facilities? what is known about the condition of facilities and the trend in conditions since fiscal 2011 …

State to Offer N.D. Communities $1.5M to Support Military Bases

  • May 4, 2015
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North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Friday signed legislation funding a $1.5 million base retention grant program for the state’s defense communities. The funds would be allocated for the two years beginning July 1 and would support Grand Forks and Minot Air Force bases, and the Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Each community can receive up to $500,000. The legislation, the state Department of Commerce budget bill, also includes $7.5 million for infrastructure development at the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems business and aviation park at Grand Forks AFB …

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