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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 …

Levesque Has Led Transformation of Shuttered Air Station into Thriving Business Mecca

  • June 23, 2015
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Steve Levesque’s determination to tap into Americans’ entrepreneurial spirit and help a community develop a strategy to deal with the loss of a major employer turned what could have been a devastating economic blow into a major opportunity. As executive director of the Brunswick Local Redevelopment Authority, Levesque was charged with preparing a master plan for the redevelopment of Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, once it closed. Since 2008, he has been executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, and has led the implementation and oversight of that master plan and guided the once-bustling installation toward civilian reuse …

Congress Needs to Place Communities on a More Certain Path

  • June 23, 2015
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America’s defense communities are being gradually undermined as stringent spending caps force cuts in DOD funding for operations and training, a reduction in military force structure and declining support for installations. Absent action by lawmakers to provide the Pentagon relief from the budget caps, many installations will start to “hollow out,” with local economies and services forced to cope with a dwindling military presence. A new BRAC round likely would relieve much of the pressure on communities, but lawmakers so far have rejected the Obama administration’s repeated requests for additional base closures. In short, because of gridlock on Capitol Hill, we have arrived at a crossroads for our installations and the communities that support them, Tim Ford, ADC’s CEO, writes in an op-ed published Monday in Roll Call …

JBLM Commander Reaches outside Installation to Ease Transition for Service Members

  • June 22, 2015
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One of the most challenging turning points in a service member’s career is making the transition from active duty to civilian life. The prospect is not unlike choosing — or being compelled — to shed a familiar, comfortable, even protective, skin, to assume a strange new one that is in no way guaranteed to be a smooth fit. To help military personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., prepare to meet this challenge, Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr., the installation’s commander, has worked to develop resources and cultivate contacts in the surrounding community and at the state and federal levels that separating personnel can tap to pursue private or government job training and career opportunities …

Join ADC’s Defense Energy Council

  • June 7, 2015
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Are you interested in joining a forum devoted to promoting sustainable installations and defense communities through advances in energy? Then consider joining ADC’s Defense Energy Infrastructure and Sustainability Council. The council is made up of energy industry experts interested in exploring new opportunities in defense energy partnerships and building awareness of best practices. Open to all ADC members, the council serves as forum to facilitate the exchange of industry feedback on energy project development with the military services. Other goals include: sharing best practices, challenges and issues among industry leaders and identifying ways to improve renewable energy project development …

Sponsorship Opportunities at Summit Running Out

  • June 4, 2015
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There are limited sponsorship opportunities remaining for the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit, Washington’s premier event on military installations. The Summit, scheduled for June 22-24, brings together the top leaders from DoD, the military services, industry and local government for three days of events that provide a unique opportunity for exposure to local, state and federal clients. ADC’s intimate size and limited industry participation make it an ideal venue for top firms in the installation world. This year’s Summit will include a record 25 industry sponsors …

ADC Salutes the 2015 Defense Community Award Winners

  • May 20, 2015
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ADC is proud to announce the 2015 recipients of the Defense Community Awards, the association’s effort to recognize the achievements of communities and the leaders who support them. The winners will be recognized during the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit, June 22-24 in Washington. Here is a rundown of the 2015 winners by category: Community Leadership Award — Steven Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Brunswick, Maine. Military Leadership Award — Col. Chuck Hodges, Installation Commander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Base Redevelopment Excellence Award — March Joint Powers Authority, Riverside, Calif. Community Excellence Award — Dayton Development Coalition/State of Ohio; and Fort Polk Progress, Leesville, La. Installation Excellence Award — Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Congressional Leadership Award — Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.); Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.); Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.); and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) …

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