• Air Force, State to Collaborate on Development of Park City Resort

    Air Force, State to Collaborate on Development of Park City Resort0

    The Air Force and the Utah Military Installation Development Authority plan to develop a four-star hotel near Park City’s ski resorts for use by members of all four services as well as the public. “The goal is to provide a world-class recreational opportunity for our service members and their families,” said David Williamsen, chief of the enhanced use lease office at Hill Air Force Base. The Air Force had been searching for a site for 14 years and finally settled on a location after Wells Fargo offered to donate 6 acres. MIDA hopes to complete the transfer by Sept. 1 …

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  • General Atomics Opens UAS Training Academy at Grand Forks AFB

    General Atomics Opens UAS Training Academy at Grand Forks AFB0

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) last month conducted its first unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight at its new UAS Flight Training Academy at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., marking a major advance for the Grand Sky UAS business and aviation park. Elected officials joined leaders from GA-ASI, the Air Force and Grand Sky last week to celebrate the launch of Predator A. “This first flight represents a significant milestone for our new training academy, further demonstrating our company’s capability to conduct UAS training operations safely and seamlessly within the National Airspace System,” said David Alexander, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI …

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  • Is an Arctic Mission in the Future of Grand Forks AFB?

    Is an Arctic Mission in the Future of Grand Forks AFB?0

    North Dakota’s two senators are trying to promote Grand Forks Air Force Base as a center for the military’s Arctic operations, which would take advantage of the installation’s unmanned aerial systems mission to provide reconnaissance for a region whose resources are increasingly being sought by other global powers. “The Arctic is increasingly important to our nation’s security, and I believe the Global Hawk can help our military prepare to meet the objective of increasing our awareness of activity in this region,” said Sen. John Hoeven …

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  • Army Rethinking Model for Delivering Installation Support Services

    Army Rethinking Model for Delivering Installation Support Services0

    The Army has launched a formal effort to consider a new model for providing installation support services with the aim of turning over some functions to the private sector and finding more efficient uses for posts’ excess property. Army facility experts next month will meet for one week to determine what functions need to be located on an installation and to craft a plan for transferring responsibility for on-base services that could be delivered outside a post’s security perimeter to private operators, reported Federal News Radio. “I think we have an opportunity to reset ourselves for the future, taking a look at new technologies, new requirements, current affordability,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment …

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  • Joint Use Agreement Offers Grand Sky Tenants Use of Air Force Runway

    Joint Use Agreement Offers Grand Sky Tenants Use of Air Force Runway0

    Officials from the Air Force and the Grand Sky project on Wednesday signed a joint use agreement allowing tenants at the business and aviation park for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to launch and recover manned and unmanned aircraft from the 12,351-foot runway at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The joint use agreement is unique in that it allows manned, unmanned and optionally manned commercial aircraft to use the Grand Forks runway, a step that is expected to help speed the introduction of large UAS into the national airspace …

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  • City, Seymour-Johnson AFB Reach Deal on EUL for Sports Facility

    City, Seymour-Johnson AFB Reach Deal on EUL for Sports Facility0

    The Air Force and Goldsboro, N.C., signed a lease Friday for a multi-sports complex on a 62-acre parcel on the perimeter of Seymour-Johnson AFB that would allow the city to consolidate several sports fields scattered throughout the community into a single, modern sports complex. The city will develop and manage the multi-sports complex through an enhanced use lease (EUL). In exchange for the 20-year lease, the Air Force will receive consideration primarily consisting of a 2,500-square-foot addition to an existing fitness center on the base in eastern North Carolina, reported Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) Public Affairs. “EULs are an effective way for installations to optimize the value of under-utilized property,” said James Fitzpatrick, AFCEC’s EUL program chief. “This project is unique because it also promotes community partnership.” EULs are long-term agreements between DOD and public or private developers to lease non-excess property in exchange for cash or in-kind consideration.

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