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Posts Tagged ‘News from ADC’

Next BRAC Round May Not Be around the Corner

  • June 16, 2013
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The panelists assembled Friday for the Defense Policy Town Hall at the Defense Communities National Summit all agreed that DOD urgently needs to close excess bases and facilities as part of an effort to reform its spending, but were less certain as to when Congress would go along with the suggestion. “I wouldn’t say there is an air of inevitability,” said Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute …

Pain of Sequestration to Linger, Installation Officials Say

  • June 13, 2013
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Installation funding is bearing the brunt of the impact from the automatic spending cuts triggered under sequestration in fiscal 2013, forcing the services to skimp on facilities sustainment and slash base operating support budgets, according to the military’s top installation officials. The three services have been deferring virtually all non-emergency maintenance — funded under the sustainment, restoration and modernization account — at their installations. Base operating support has been cut drastically as well, with the Navy slicing that account by more than 50 percent …

Army Realignment Decision Coming Shortly, Hammack Says

  • June 13, 2013
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The Army will announce by the end of the month what installations will be affected by its plan to trim its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said during the assistant secretaries roundtable at the Defense Communities National Summit. The Army plans to rebalance its force structure by inactivating a minimum of eight brigade combat teams — including two from Europe. Affected installations would lose one BCT, along with thousands of additional soldiers and civilians. Installations without a BCT could lose thousands of personnel as well …

Installation Commanders to Consider Shared Services Agreements in Army Communities

  • June 13, 2013
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Army officials next week will jump start an effort by installation commanders to reach out to their host communities to identify potential opportunities to share municipal services and other base support functions, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said Thursday at the Defense Communities National Summit. The initiative is intended to take advantage of a new authority, enacted in January as part of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, allowing an installation to enter into an intergovernmental support agreement with a local government to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions …

BRAC May Be Better than the Alternatives, Conger Tells Summit

  • June 12, 2013
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The initial reaction most lawmakers — and their constituents who live in defense communities — have when confronted with the question as to whether a new BRAC round is in their best interest is that the voters they represent would be better off without one. But that’s the wrong question to ask, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and energy, told the audience at the Defense Communities National Summit on Wednesday. The question lawmakers should be considering, Conger said, is what are the alternatives for DOD in the absence of congressional authorization to conduct additional base closures …

Streamlining Infrastructure Would Benefit Defense Communities, ADC President Says

  • June 12, 2013
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With deep spending cuts becoming the new norm for the Pentagon, the long-term consequences are starting to become apparent to defense communities. Base operating support is taking a disproportionate hit — a burden that is expected to continue for the next decade — jeopardizing the long-term sustainability of installations, the readiness of missions and support for military families …

LRA Positions Chemical Depot Site, Indiana Community for Successful Recovery

  • June 11, 2013
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Reuse efforts at the former Newport Chemical Depot are well underway despite the three-year wait planning officials in west central Indiana were forced to endure until the destruction of the nerve agent VX stored there was completed in 2008. DOD did not give the community the green light to start planning for the facility’s redevelopment until later that year, but since then the local redevelopment authority has moved quickly to recover from the loss of 690 jobs and $40 million in annual purchasing after the facility closed …

Meurer Honored for Championing Community-Military Partnerships

  • June 10, 2013
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For nearly three decades with the city of Monterey, Fred Meurer has been a visionary leader, transforming how installations do business and how defense communities support them. While he always will be associated with the “Monterey Model,” a concept under which communities share municipal services with neighboring bases, Meurer deserves credit for other innovations that have served to increase both the efficiency and military value of installations …

Tinker Relies on New Authority to Forge Support Agreements with Host Communities

  • June 9, 2013
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Officials at Tinker Air Force Base have embraced DOD’s brand new authority allowing military installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host communities in a big way. In the last three months, the installation has reached agreements with its closest neighbor, Midwest City, to share its jail and juvenile services, and a third agreement for the city to manage the installation’s solid waste awaits the Air Force secretary’s approval …

Wittman Determined to Fight Military’s Readiness Crisis

  • June 7, 2013
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Since taking the helm of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee at the beginning of the 113th Congress, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) has made his chief priority clear — reversing the armed forces’ readiness crisis. Wittman believes that strategy must drive the budget for defense, and not the other way around. He has said that the nation should not attempt to solve its fiscal issues on the backs of its all-volunteer force …

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