• Pain of Sequestration to Linger, Installation Officials Say0

    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 Says0

    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 Communities0

    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 …