• Oklahoma Awards Funds to Enhance Local Bases

    Oklahoma Awards Funds to Enhance Local Bases0

    The Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission last week approved a $180,000 grant for a concrete apron with built-in tie-down points at Enid Woodring Regional Airport, a project intended to support Vance Air Force Base. The apron, which would be used to park military or civilian aircraft that remain overnight at the airport, would be built between the airport terminal and the joint use civilian-military hangar. Now, aircraft must be parked on an aging ramp far from the terminal if there isn’t any room in the hangar …

  • Abilene to Apply for Grant to Upgrade Visitors Control Center at Dyess AFB

    Abilene to Apply for Grant to Upgrade Visitors Control Center at Dyess AFB0

    The Abilene Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee plans to apply for a $1.75 million grant from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission to upgrade the visitor control center at Dyess Air Force Base. On Tuesday, the economic development agency for Abilene agreed to contribute $200,000 toward the application’s requirement for a local match. Those funds would be combined with $150,000 of in-kind contributions from the federal government to meet the 20 percent match, reported the Abilene Reporter-News. The city will apply for a second round of grants, totaling almost $16 million, the state will award on March 31 …

  • Texas Awards $14M to Four Communities to Ward off BRAC

    Texas Awards $14M to Four Communities to Ward off BRAC0

    The Texas Military Preparedness Commission last week awarded $14.1 million to four Texas communities for projects intended to bolster the standing of local installations in a future round of base closure, covering needs such as security enhancements and a new air traffic control tower. The awards stand out as state lawmakers had not allocated any funding over the past six years for its Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant program. Last week’s awards will be followed on March 31 by a new batch of grants totaling almost $16 million, the amount leftover from the Legislature’s $30 million appropriation for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium …

  • Grant Competition Focuses on Military Value0

    In prioritizing applications from 15 defense communities for up to $15 million in grants for infrastructure projects and other initiatives to support local installations, the Texas Military Preparedness Commission placed significant weight on military value, a change from the criteria employed in past competitions. The intent was to be proactive, to “help inoculate” installations against potential losses in a future BRAC round, said Keith Graf, the commission’s director …

  • Gate Improvement Project Needed, Sheppard AFB Says0

    Officials at Sheppard Air Force Base in northern Texas say a $3.5 million project by the city of Wichita Falls to improve the area around the installation’s main entrance is needed to improve security and accessibility. “The recent opportunity for grant funding presented by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission has opened the doors to finally addressing some post-9-11 concerns with the land parcels immediately adjacent to the main gate,” Lt. Col. Jeffrey White, deputy commander of the 82nd Mission Support Group, told the Times Record News …

  • Environmental Study to Delay Ferry Service Plan for MacDill AFB

    Environmental Study to Delay Ferry Service Plan for MacDill AFB0

    A federally mandated environmental study will delay by one or more years planned construction of a high-speed ferry project intended to ease traffic congestion experienced by commuters to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. A study to determine the best location for a ferry terminal could take two years, and likely force postponement of the 2017 start date for construction, reported the Tampa Tribune. The project calls for running high-speed ferries from a yet-to-be-determined point in South Hillsborough County across Tampa Bay to MacDill. The service would relieve traffic congestion on clogged highways as well as lessen the bottlenecks that occur each morning at the base’s front gates …