- August 11, 2017
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In the past couple of years, energy resilience has become a watchword for the military services as they adjust their focus from adopting renewables to reducing their installations’ vulnerability to disruptions in the electrical grid. Shaping the Army’s approach to enhancing resiliency are recent trends in energy production, distribution and economics that are creating more opportunities for installations to use a distributed generation approach to help reduce supply chain vulnerability, Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, told Defense Communities 360. Since its predecessor organization was created in 2011, OEI has pursued the development of large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects on Army installations. The service’s emphasis on resilience favors new projects which deploy resources that are behind an installation’s fence line and provide an islanding capability …READ MORE
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ADC is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of the Defense Community Awards, which honor the achievements and leadership present in our defense communities, on military installations and within the Department of Defense: Community Leadership Award — Recognizes an individual whose outstanding leadership helps (1) drive the success of a base redevelopment project; and/or (2) build a military-community partnership to enhance the mission of an active installation. An honoree may be an elected or appointed (non-military) official at the state, regional or local level, a volunteer, or the chief executive officer of a local redevelopment authority (or equivalent organization). 2017 Winner: Utah State Sen. Jerry Stevenson …READ MORE
ADC members will have an opportunity to usher in new leadership for the association next month at the 2017 Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., when they vote on a slate of new candidates for board president, vice president and treasurer, and two new candidates to join the board of directors. William Parry, city manager for Gatesville, Texas, has been nominated to become ADC’s next president. Parry has been the association’s vice president since 2016 and has served on the board since 2014. He would replace Mike Cooper, chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, as board president. Joe Driskill, the Missouri military advocate, has been nominated for vice president. Driskill was first elected to the ADC board in 2015. Susan Morris, a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, has been nominated to become board treasurer …READ MORE
Even before the final results are in from four pilot projects testing DOD’s new authority for forming installation-community partnerships, Marine Corps officials already are planning on rolling out the authority on a wider scale. Pilots at three locations — Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Ga.; MCLB Barstow, Calif.; and Marine Corps Base Hawaii — begun one year ago resulted in the development of 24 partnering initiatives with local agencies. The initiatives mainly involve public works, training and education, and emergency management, although the Marine Corps has not focused on any single function, said Tom Ruffini, director of government and external affairs at Marine Corps Installations Command …READ MORE
President Trump’s steps so far to back away from existing policies intended to address climate change have not upended the military services’ push to increasingly rely on renewable energy sources to power their installations. But the department’s former installations and energy chief says even if the new administration revisits DOD’s policies on sustainability, it should be careful not to limit efforts that can be justified for reasons beyond their environmental benefits. There is a clear business case for the military to develop new generation capacity on base using solar, wind or other renewable resources as they are generally financed by developers or utilities and can cut an installation’s electricity bill, John Conger, who led the Pentagon’s installations office from 2012 to 2015, told Defense Communities 360 …READ MORE
A new round of base closures may allow the Pentagon to redirect spending on unneeded facilities into higher priority requirements, but advocates for a sixth BRAC round shouldn’t promote the process as one defense communities can readily recover from, says the head of an economic development organization helping to address a realignment in south central Pennsylvania. “No one should think it’s an easy process,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., which has been supporting the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority in its efforts to convert almost 1,500 acres to commercial use since Letterkenny Army Depot was realigned following the 1995 round of BRAC …READ MORE