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Posts Tagged ‘News from ADC’

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.

Murkowski Led Charge to Keep F-16s at Eielson AFB

  • July 1, 2015
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Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been a strong advocate for preserving military installations in Alaska since joining the Senate in 2002, and was one of the central players responsible for blocking the Air Force’s 2012 plan to relocate the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks. Since the Air Force announced its plan to transfer the squadron, which could have harmed public services in Fairbanks as well as Anchorage, Murkowski led the Alaska’s delegation response, which included meeting with senior Air Force and DOD officials, advancing legislation and holding public forums. After two years the Air Force reversed its plans, preserving the base’s operations and the surrounding community’s quality of life …

Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Partnership Enhances Support for Wright-Patt

  • June 30, 2015
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The P4 Partnership Program, a collaboration among the Dayton Development Coalition, several Ohio agencies and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has shaved operating costs for the Air Force at the same time it has improved support for the installation. The partnership brought together the Coalition, the governor’s office, the governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Administrative Services, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Veteran’s Affairs, JobsOhio and Sinclair Community College (SCC). The partners have focused on projects that provide education, job training and employment search opportunities; leverage resources to reduce costs on large commodity purchases; and permit the mutually beneficial use of emergency response facilities and equipment, and recreation facilities …

Courtney Has Proven to Be Fierce Advocate for Submarine Fleet, Connecticut Sub Base

  • June 28, 2015
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During his five terms in Congress, Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney has made increased funding for submarine production and support for Naval Submarine Base New London two of his signature issues. Courtney secured more federal funding outside the president’s budget for the sub base in his first two years in Congress than had been secured in the previous 10. The $80 million-plus in financial support he obtained will ensure that New England’s largest military installation will thrive well into the 21st Century …

Support Group Spearheads Initiative to Raise Quality of Schools near Ft. Polk

  • June 26, 2015
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After Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno warned governors in October 2013 that school performance would affect the service’s future stationing decisions, Fort Polk Progress responded by forming, leading and integrating a broad and ambitious initiative to improve public school outside the Louisiana post. Fort Polk Progress, a regional community organization that supports Fort Polk’s continued presence in Vernon Parish, used its experience in collaborating with local, state and federal partners to acquire funding for its education initiative and to bring its many partners into the fold. The partnership includes the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, the Vernon Parish School District, and a variety of state agencies, educational institutions and businesses …

Lawmakers Honor Top Defense Communities, Leaders at ADC Awards Ceremony

  • June 25, 2015
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Defense communities and their leaders take enormous pride in hosting and partnering with military installations, service members, military families and veterans. They also work hard to preserve the legacy and sustain economic growth when the mission or force structure at a local base changes. These communities, installations and leaders were represented among the recipients of the 2015 Defense Community Awards, who were honored during a special ceremony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, the final day of the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) honored Louisiana and Fort Polk Progress, which won the Community Excellence Award for its long record of support for the Army and Fort Polk. “The state has spent over $25 million to fund the Fort Polk regional growth management plan, which has promoted new housing, retail and dining options for soldiers and their families …

Kaine Lends a Hand to Separating Veterans

  • June 25, 2015
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During his first term in the Senate, Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) has made reducing unemployment among veterans, especially Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans, a personal mission. His first legislation, the 2013 Troop Talent Act, established new standards to help active-duty service members attain civilian credentials for military skills to assist their transition into the workforce. Kaine serves on the Armed Services Committee, a post has used to secure key Virginia priorities in the past two defense bills, including the refueling and overhaul of the Norfolk-based USS George Washington in the fiscal 2015 authorization bill …

Blunt Shows Unwavering Support for Missouri Installations, Military Veterans

  • June 24, 2015
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Sen. Roy Blunt has tirelessly supported Missouri’s role vital role in the nation’s defense during his first term in the Senate, as he has fought to sustain and expand missions at each of the state’s military installations. Blunt championed several key state defense priorities as part of the 2014 omnibus spending agreement, including $337 million to keep the Air Force’s A-10 fleet flying at Whiteman Air Force Base and elsewhere, and $1.46 billion to build 15 new Growler aircraft in St. Louis. He also worked to preserve the Missouri National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing training base in St. Joseph and the Army Aviation Flight Activity and the Missouri National Guard Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot, which are co-located in Springfield …

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