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Army Analysis Describes Range of Impacts following Next Round of Troop Cuts

  • June 26, 2014
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The Army Thursday released an assessment of the potential economic impacts at 30 installations required before it makes specific basing decisions. The assessment builds on last year’s programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) which paved the way for the service to reduce its active-duty end strength from 570,000 to 490,000 soldiers. The latest analysis, a supplemental PEA, evaluates the environmental and socioeconomic impact of slashing an additional 70,000 personnel from the active-duty force, a move triggered by the stringent spending caps mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act …

State Pitches in for Runway Extension Benefitting nearby Vance AFB

  • June 25, 2014
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The Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission last week approved a $204,750 grant to help pay for a runway extension at Enid Woodring Regional Airport, bringing the commission’s total contribution to the project to more than $730,000 over the past three years. The project is being led by the city of Enid and is intended to support Vance Air Force Base, which is about 8 miles from the airport. Lengthening the runway by 2,300 feet to 8,000 feet would allow T-38 aircraft from Vance to use the regional airport for regular operations, as well as to divert there due to strong crosswinds or threatening storms …

Will Unfunded Milcon Requirements Harm Readiness, Authorization Committee Asks

  • June 25, 2014
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The Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 military construction request is 40 percent lower than it was in FY 2014, prompting the Senate Armed Services Committee to ask the department to assess the risk to readiness it is accepting by deferring many of its construction requirements. The panel said it was worried about the likely impact of curtailing milcon spending on the number of facilities in poor to failing condition, according to its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. “The committee is concerned that milcon cuts will ultimately lead to lasting negative impacts to our military’s readiness and their ability to effectively respond to crisis abroad and at home …

OEA Grant to Support County’s Response to Cutbacks at Ohio Manufacturing Facility

  • June 24, 2014
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Allen County, Ohio, will receive a $219,680 grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment to help it respond to layoffs at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center prompted by reductions in defense procurement, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. The economic adjustment assistance funds are part of a larger $244,680 project helping the region expand job creation opportunities and assist businesses and workers harmed by defense cutbacks at the facility, formerly the Lima Tank Plant …

Officials Find Savings from Joint Basing at Lewis-McChord

  • June 24, 2014
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While cost savings from DOD’s joint basing initiative have been slow to appear, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Wash., is citing more than $9 million in savings since Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base formally merged in October 2010. The savings have come from a variety of sources: $3.3 million in fuel savings annually for the 62nd Airlift Wing through increased use of the Army’s Yakima Training Center in Central Washington; $350,000 a year in maintenance by merging the two services’ fire departments …

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 …

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