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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Prospect of Further Army Downsizing Generates Massive Public Response

  • September 1, 2014
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Army Environmental Command (AEC) has received tens of thousands of public comments to the service’s assessment of the environmental and economic impacts from shrinking its active-duty end strength to 420,000 troops by 2020, far surpassing the response last year to the analysis prepared for a previous round of cuts. As of last Wednesday, the command had received more than 40,000 public comments from supporters of the 30 installations included in the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA), with additional deliveries yet to be counted. The deadline for submitting comments was Aug. 25 …

Budget Pressures Spurring Greater Integration among Air Force Components, Chief Says

  • August 26, 2014
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The functions and roles of the Air Force’s active-duty, Guard and reserve components will continue to be further integrated, the service’s top officer told several thousand members of the National Guard on Saturday. “If we can become more efficient as an Air Force without losing operational capability, by putting more things in the Air Guard and reserve component, then why wouldn’t we?” Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told the general conference of the National Guard Association of the United States …

Army Task Force Hashes out Force Structure Changes, Other Strategic Issues

  • August 26, 2014
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Army Undersecretary Brad Carson, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell and other senior Army leaders have been meeting weekly to figure out the best way for the service to address a variety of strategic decisions, including personnel cuts and other changes stemming from stringent spending caps. “The future [decisions] will be about all of the issues you can imagine … from controlling compensation, cyber and the Army strategic planning process,” Carson said of the forums. “There are probably 20 or 30 different budget issues and programming issues that are important in the Army …

Moody AFB Tapped to Host Afghan Training Mission

  • August 26, 2014
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The Air Force has selected Moody AFB, Ga., as the stateside training location to train the Afghan Air Force to fly and maintain a fleet of A-29 aircraft, after completing its environmental analysis. In June, officials announced Moody as its preferred alternative, with Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and Shaw AFB, S.C., named as reasonable alternatives for the mission proposed to last from 2014 through 2018 …

Local Leaders Press Their Case to Protect Installations from Further Army Downsizing

  • August 25, 2014
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Officials continued to make the case to shield local installations from the Army’s second round of personnel cuts in the last days before the Aug. 25 deadline for the public to comment on the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) now underway. The supplemental PEA measures the environmental and economic impacts from potential reductions in personnel at a total of 30 installations needed to shrink the Army’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 420,000 by 2020. The environmental review is a precursor to a military value analysis needed to determine how actual cuts will be allocated …

State, Local Funds to Upgrade Rail Line Serving Letterkenny Army Depot

  • August 24, 2014
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A nearly $1 million project approved earlier this month by Pennsylvania’s Transportation Commission will realign the rail line serving Letterkenny Army Depot and the Cumberland Valley Business Park, a project aimed at streamlining the transport of rail cars to the two facilities in south central Pennsylvania. The state is contributing $656,320 to the effort, with the Franklin County General Authority (FGCA) and its rail contractor splitting the remaining $281,280 cost …

Campaign to Support Ft. Benning Gains Foothold in Face of New Round of Cuts

  • August 24, 2014
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With the deadline fast approaching for the Chattahoochee Valley to demonstrate its support for Fort Benning, Ga., while the Army considers eliminating up to 70,000 soldiers by 2020, the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce redoubled its effort to boost the number of public comments submitted to the Army. The initiative seems to be working as support for the post has grown ahead of the Aug. 25 deadline established by Army Environmental Command to accept public comments to the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment now under way …

Shift to Renewables Addresses Emerging Issues, Hammack Says

  • August 24, 2014
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The Army’s push toward renewable energy sources is helping it cope with a number of pressing challenges, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said during a recent interview. “That’s going to increase the resiliency of the installation; that’s going to go toward climate change mitigation and it’s going to help levelize the cost,” she said. “We’ve seen volatile utility costs that are dependent upon the costs of fossil fuels …

Security Emerging as Critical Issue in Defining ‘Base of the Future’

  • August 14, 2014
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Next month’s Defense Policy Forum is expected to broach a number of pressing issues that will influence changes in how DoD manages its installations in the coming decades, including access, utilization of excess capacity and community-military partnering. One issue that will drive the look of the “Base of the Future” is security. DoD will need to find more flexible models for access so that installations housing intelligence and cyber missions aren’t required to have the same security posture as a facility focused on training new recruits, said Lucian Niemeyer, a former staff member for the Senate Armed Services Committee who will be speaking at the Sept. 15 event in downtown Washington …

El Paso Leaders Paint Dire Economic Picture under Potential Army Troop Cuts

  • August 14, 2014
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The potential loss of 16,000 soldiers and civilians at Fort Bliss as the Army contemplate a second round of personnel cuts would have a devastating impact on El Paso’s economy, a group of local leaders testified Wednesday during a hearing of the Texas House Committee on Defense and Veterans Affairs. The worst case scenario the Army is considering for Bliss could lead to a near 40 percent vacancy in apartment rentals, far worse than what occurred when the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment relocated to Fort Carson in the mid-1990s, testified Rick Soto, executive director of the El Paso Apartment Association. “The numbers are pretty staggering, and would create a domino effect,” said Soto, who estimated a loss of half a billion dollars to the local economy …

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