• Nonprofit Builds Lake Trail for Military Families at Naval Station Mayport0

    Starting next month, sailors and their families living at Naval Station Mayport will be able to enjoy the first phase of a community-led project to enhance access to a lake at the center of a housing development at the Jacksonville base. The $1.4 million project is the brainchild of Sharon Ellis, who started True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors in 2012 to improve the quality of life for Navy families. When the project is complete, there will be a mile-long paved walkway circling the lake, a canoe and kayak launch on the dock, and a concrete path and pavilion near a newly built playground on the lake’s west side …

  • Coast Guard to Make Pt. Mugu Permanent Home

    Coast Guard to Make Pt. Mugu Permanent Home0

    The Coast Guard has decided to make its current operating base at Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu in Oxnard its permanent home in the Los Angeles area.
    The Coast Guard established an interim forward operating base at the naval installation last year in advance of the closure of its facility at Los Angeles International Airport. The service had operated there since 1962. The base will include two mission-ready helicopter units, their crews and support personnel. The move will allow the Coast Guard to sustain its air search-and-rescue operations and law enforcement activities along the Central California Coast, reported the Tri County Sentry. “The Coast Guard’s decision further solidifies Naval Base Ventura County as a strategic asset to Ventura County, California and the nation,” said Rep. Julia Brownley (D). Brownley spearheaded legislation in Congress last year that authorized the Coast Guard’s move to Point Mugu, as well as legislation that funded the needed facilities.

  • Encroachment Effort at MacDill AFB Leaves State Officials Frustrated

    Encroachment Effort at MacDill AFB Leaves State Officials Frustrated0

    The state of Florida this week agreed to purchase the residential development rights on a 25-acre parcel adjacent to MacDill Air Force Base in South Tampa even though the landowner will retain the right to build a hotel or motel on the parcel’s north end.
    The $1.3 million purchase will prevent residential development in MacDill’s clear zone and accident potential zone, but the state was only able to reach agreement to purchase the development rights for a hotel or motel on 11 acres in the airfield’s clear zone, reported the Tampa Bay Times. Still, it’s the best deal the state could get, said Bruce Grant, executive director of the Florida Defense Support Task Force …

  • State Opens Motor Vehicle Office at Ft. Bragg

    State Opens Motor Vehicle Office at Ft. Bragg0

    The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) opened a mobile office at Fort Bragg Wednesday, bringing DMV services back to the Fayetteville, N.C., post for the first time since 2008. The mobile office will visit the installation six days a month, and allow personnel and family members to handle most driver license services. The mobile units include credit card readers, mobile cameras and vision and knowledge skills testing. The move is intended to better serve military families, with the new office considered a tangible way the state can demonstrate its commitment, reported the Fayetteville Observer. Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said the DMV may be the first, and sometimes the only, interaction troops and their families have with their state government. The Fort Bragg DMV is expected to serve between 60 and 80 customers daily. “This is one more step by this state to lighten the administrative load in the soldier’s rucksack, enabling them to focus more on training for that next deployment,” said Military and Veterans Affairs Secretary Cornell Wilson Jr.

  • Uber Hopes to Serve Ft. Benning

    Uber Hopes to Serve Ft. Benning0

    Uber launched its ride-hailing service in Columbus, Ga., Tuesday, but the company still is trying to gain access to Fort Benning as well as East Alabama, which lies across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus. Uber has begun working with DOD to gain access to the post, but as of yet there is no specific timeline to get permission, Luke Marklin, the company’s Atlanta general manager, told the Ledger-Enquirer. “We have started at the top and are working our way down,” Marklin said in reference to the department …

  • Air Force Outlook for Modernizing Fleet Likely to Prompt Showdown with Capitol Hill

    Air Force Outlook for Modernizing Fleet Likely to Prompt Showdown with Capitol Hill0

    The Air Force plans to shrink it fleet by 235 planes over the next five years as it sheds legacy aircraft to make way for the F-35, its fifth-generation fighter. The service plans to divest 232 T-38 trainers, 166 A-10 Warthogs and 160 F-16s over the next five years, while adding 185 F-35s, according to its fiscal 2017 budget request. The long-term plan is nothing new. For years, officials have talked about the need to keep the F-35, KC-46A air refueling tanker and the B-21 bomber on track, reported Defense News. But Congress could step in to slow the Air Force’s plans to retire legacy aircraft, as it has to spare the A-10 close air support aircraft in recent years …