• Last C-130 from Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Set to Depart

    Last C-130 from Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Set to Depart0

    The last C-130H from Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing will leave the post’s Pope Field Wednesday for the Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson in one of the final steps before the Air Force Reserve unit is formally inactivated. The last significant hurdle to the Air Force’s effort to shutter the unit was crossed in February when the Army’s top civilian and military leaders agreed to the plan in February. In May, the Air Force notified Congress that it would go ahead with its plan to shutter the airlift wing, reported the Fayetteville Observer. North Carolina’s congressional delegation had fought to postpone the unit’s elimination since the Air Force first proposed it as a cost-cutting measure in early 2014 …

  • FY’17 Request Would Halt Marine Corps Drawdown

    FY’17 Request Would Halt Marine Corps Drawdown0

    The Marine Corps would end the drawdown of its end strength from a wartime high of 202,000 active-duty troops in 2009 to 182,000 Marines by October, under the fiscal 2017 budget request DOD released Tuesday. The Marine Corps would not shrink further after the end of the current fiscal year through FY 2021, according to the blueprint. Its active-duty end strength is about 184,000 currently, reported Marine Corps Times. The Marine Corps’ target end strength would leave about a fifth of the service deployed at any given time. The branch’s $23.4 billion request includes $6.2 billion for operations and maintenance, and prioritizes training for forward-deployed and soon-to-deploy units, said Rear Adm. William Lescher, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget …

  • San Antonio Health Care Facilities Look to Retain Separating Personnel

    San Antonio Health Care Facilities Look to Retain Separating Personnel0

    San Antonio has become one of the leading health care destinations in the nation, and as the military trims the number of medical personnel in the region, local medical facilities are hoping the doctors, nurses and other trained personnel who have made the region a center for military medical expertise opt to stay in the city to treat civilians. “It is a great place to transition, because you have a center of clinical excellence at the U.T. Health Science Center, and a fantastic infrastructure, and a huge part of the local economy being focused on health care,” Bruce Jennings, who heads the Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians Group, told News Radio 1200 WOAI. He said there is no better place for retiring military medical personnel to make their civilian careers …

  • Air Force to Consider Compromise on Decision to Deactivate Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing, Lawmaker Says

    Air Force to Consider Compromise on Decision to Deactivate Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing, Lawmaker Says0

    The Air Force is considering a possible compromise on its plan to deactivate Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing that would satisfy the Army’s airborne training requirements, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R) told the Fayetteville Observer. Tillis and much of the state’s congressional delegation have been fighting the Air Force’s decision since it first proposed deactivating the 440th — an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field — two years ago. The lawmakers say dismantling the airlift wing would hinder the ability of airborne units at the post to quickly deploy to global hotspots …

  • Courtney Concerned about Impact of Opening up Family Housing Projects to General Public0

    The Defense Department would need to brief the House Armed Services Committee on the potential impacts to host communities of its policy of opening family housing projects to the general public when occupancy rates drop below certain levels. The request, an amendment to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill added during last week’s committee markup, directs DOD to focus on community impacts stemming from changes in the number of non-federally connected civilian children residing in military housing. Officials also should develop recommendations to mitigate possible community impacts. A growing number of installations recently have expanded eligibility to live in family housing projects to DOD civilians, military retirees, and in some cases, the public as occupancy rates have dropped due to cuts in end strength …

  • Military Housing Developers Increasingly Looking outside the Gates for Tenants0

    The six-member Dolce family is one of just three civilian families with no connection to the military living in family housing at Dover Air Force Base, Del., but they represent a more significant trend under way at housing communities across DOD — an increase in the number of projects opening their neighborhoods to civilians due to the lack of demand from active-duty service members. The Eagle Heights community at Dover is one of six housing communities operated by Hunt Cos., out of a total of 25, that now accept civilians. And the number is growing, the developer’s Dixie Johnson told the News Journal. “In the early years, because of the increase in troops and the war that we are fighting, there were way more active-duty [personnel] available for housing …