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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.) …

ADC Membership to Vote on Five New Board Candidates

  • May 19, 2015
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ADC members will have an opportunity to vote on five new candidates to the association’s board of directors during the annual business meeting at next month’s National Summit in Washington. The board elections also will usher in the expansion of the board from 12 to 13 directors. That change was approved during a special vote of the membership held in March during the Installation Innovation Forum 2015. In 2016, the board will expand to 14 directors as a result of the bylaw change. Here are the five new candidates for the board …

Get up to Speed on Defense Community Issues at ADC’s Regional Forum in Fayetteville

  • May 12, 2015
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Local and state officials and community leaders interested in learning more about the role they can play in supporting their military installations at a time when defense communities face a growing set of challenges should attend the Defense Communities Southeast Regional Forum in Fayetteville, N.C., from May 28-29. The forum will cover the range of issues facing defense communities, including the long-term consequences of sequestration, how to prepare for military downsizing and the BRAC process. The event is designed to bring local officials up to speed on what’s going on in Washington, as well as introduce participants to the tools and strategies available to support defense communities …

ADC Regional Forums to Introduce Local Leaders to Defense Community Issues

  • April 21, 2015
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A new series of regional forums hosted by ADC is intended to introduce community leaders and other local officials to the broad range of issues facing defense communities, including DOD fiscal constraints and their impact on force structure, a looming BRAC round and defense industry adjustment. The inaugural event, the Defense Communities Southeast Regional Forum, will be held in Fayetteville, N.C., from May 28-29. In addition to bringing local officials up to speed on what’s going on in Washington, the forum will cover the tools and strategies available to support defense communities …

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