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Greater Direction from Congress Needed to Sustain Installations, ADC President Says

  • October 8, 2015
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Five years of budget turmoil in Washington has harmed military readiness and forced the Pentagon to shrink its force structure, while also threatening the long-term health of its installations.
Without greater certainty about future funding levels and explicit direction from Congress as to how DOD should cope with tight fiscal constraints, defense communities will continue to face heightened challenges as they strive to support the nation’s military installations, ADC President Mike Cooper states in an op-ed published in the Hill. “Our nation’s defense infrastructure — its bases, facilities and training grounds — is feeling the brunt of this indecision and uncertainty. So too are the communities, regions and states that steadfastly support our nation’s military bases and families. They are experiencing the economic hits of falling tax revenues, struggling small businesses and declining home values as departing service members and their families move away …

Southeast Leaders Discuss Uncertainty Facing Defense Communities at ADC Forum

  • October 6, 2015
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Speakers at ADC’s Defense Community Regional Forum in Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday discussed a variety of ways communities can prepare for impacts at local installations stemming from statutory spending caps, force structure reductions and a looming BRAC round. Mike Cooper, president of ADC and chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, told attendees it was a precarious time for DOD and defense communities. While an installation such as Fort Bragg likely is safe from a potential closure, its host community shouldn’t get “fat, dumb and happy,” said John Robinson, managing partner of the D.C.-based The Roosevelt Group. Robinson encouraged communities, or the state, to invest local monies in infrastructure projects needed by the installations they host …

Editor’s Note

  • September 22, 2015
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360 will take tomorrow off. Look for the next issue on Friday, Sept. 25.

Base Redevelopment Forum to Feature Special Track for LRA Board Members

  • August 28, 2015
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ADC’s 3rd Annual Base Redevelopment Forum, which will run from Oct. 21-23 in San Antonio, will feature a new format focused on three topics — redevelopment trends, tools of the trade and LRA leadership. The track for LRA board directors will include sessions on the different organizational models for LRAs and a look at how those organizations need to evolve over time, as well as a variety of networking opportunities. “LRA board members who have attended previous forums have found the experience extremely valuable. That led the LRA Directors Council to suggest that this year’s forum include a special track for board leaders,” said ADC CEO Tim Ford …

Northwest Community Leaders Prepare for Defense Changes at ADC Regional Forum

  • August 21, 2015
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At the two-day Defense Communities Regional Forum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., this week, community and industry leaders are discussing ways to prepare for a variety of impacts on installations and regions stemming from budget cuts, force reductions, a looming BRAC round and evolving missions. The Northwest Regional Forum is providing local and state government officials, community leaders and other key stakeholders an opportunity to understand the current defense environment and the role leaders can play in supporting their defense infrastructure. This week’s event is the first of a series of regional forums hosted by ADC to introduce community leaders and other local officials to the broad range of issues facing defense communities …

ADC Welcomes Five New Board Members

  • August 14, 2015
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Five new directors representing a range of defense communities and private sector firms have joined the ADC board following the elections held in June during the National Summit in Washington. The new directors are: Russell DeSalvo, president and CEO, PuebloPlex (Pueblo Depot Activity Development Authority). DeSalvo has a background in community advocacy and installation management/redevelopment, which he has leveraged to forge a successful community-military partnership to support the reuse of the realigned Pueblo Chemical Depot in central Colorado. Joe Driskill, executive director, Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and the Leonard Wood Institute. The partnership — a subsidiary of the institute — collaborates with Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri’s congressional delegation, state leaders and others to support the installation and improve the region’s business climate …

Editor’s Note: Modified August Schedule for 360

  • July 31, 2015
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With Congress leaving town and the humidity rising, 360 will follow a truncated schedule in August, publishing only on Tuesdays and Fridays. 360 will resume daily publication on Sept. 1.

Strong Bond between Eglin AFB, Host Communities Helps Preserve Base’s Military Missions

  • July 5, 2015
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Eglin Air Force Base is the beneficiary of long-standing support from the 14 municipalities that surround it. A series of mutually beneficial partnerships have helped preserve the base’s vital flight training mission and other activities, and sustain the region’s infrastructure and natural resources. For anyone flying into the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, this close relationship becomes immediately apparent. Okaloosa County’s commercial service airport is located on land Eglin leases to it. The joint-use airfield accommodates more than a dozen types of military aircraft and all of the area’s civilian air traffic …

Highway Interchange at Former March AFB Honors Region’s Historical Military Role

  • July 2, 2015
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The Inland Empire region of Southern California lacked a significant tribute to the role played by the military over the past century, so when officials at the March Joint Powers Authority (JPA) began thinking about the design for a new highway interchange, they saw an opportunity to highlight the site’s military past. The authority decided to pursue a design for the $65 million I-215/Van Buren Overcrossing project that would meet the region’s current and future needs while acknowledging the Air Force’s historic and continuing presence across Southern California. The recently completed freeway interchange, which is located within the former March AFB, was largely funded through the efforts of the JPA …

If the National Summit Were Covered on the Network News

  • July 1, 2015
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In case you missed last week’s Defense Communities National Summit — or want to see if you were caught on film — the Air Force Civil Engineer Center produced a short news segment on the event that perfectly captures its “Defense Communities at a Crossroads” theme. The two-minute segment includes snippets of remarks from Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, and Stephen TerMaath, BRAC division chief. It also highlighted the results of the instant poll of attendees taken during the opening general session that revealed that 92 percent of respondents believe the status quo is worse than holding a BRAC round and that 86 percent believe Congress will approve a new BRAC round within five years.

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