• Marine Corps Plans to Expand Use of Partnership Authority following Early Success

    Marine Corps Plans to Expand Use of Partnership Authority following Early Success1

    Even before the final results are in from four pilot projects testing DOD’s new authority for forming installation-community partnerships, Marine Corps officials already are planning on rolling out the authority on a wider scale. Pilots at three locations — Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Ga.; MCLB Barstow, Calif.; and Marine Corps Base Hawaii — begun one year ago resulted in the development of 24 partnering initiatives with local agencies. The initiatives mainly involve public works, training and education, and emergency management, although the Marine Corps has not focused on any single function, said Tom Ruffini, director of government and external affairs at Marine Corps Installations Command …

  • New Climate Policies Needn’t Disrupt DOD’s Reliance on Renewables, Conger Says

    New Climate Policies Needn’t Disrupt DOD’s Reliance on Renewables, Conger Says0

    President Trump’s steps so far to back away from existing policies intended to address climate change have not upended the military services’ push to increasingly rely on renewable energy sources to power their installations. But the department’s former installations and energy chief says even if the new administration revisits DOD’s policies on sustainability, it should be careful not to limit efforts that can be justified for reasons beyond their environmental benefits. There is a clear business case for the military to develop new generation capacity on base using solar, wind or other renewable resources as they are generally financed by developers or utilities and can cut an installation’s electricity bill, John Conger, who led the Pentagon’s installations office from 2012 to 2015, told Defense Communities 360 …

  • Outsourcing, Mission Changes to Shape Installation of the Future

    Outsourcing, Mission Changes to Shape Installation of the Future1

    The Army’s real property footprint can be expected to evolve incrementally as past decisions about the role of the service’s installations continue to exert a critical influence on its infrastructure, according to an appendix in the Army’s new strategic framework for supporting its installation requirements. But several changes already are shaping the installation of the future, starting with a trend toward greater outsourcing for both installation and mission support activities. The extent to which an installation can rely on the surrounding community for support services — including housing, childcare, recreation and retail — will depend on local conditions …

  • 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 …

  • Army Posts Outline Changes to MWR Programs to Deal with Funding Cuts

    Army Posts Outline Changes to MWR Programs to Deal with Funding Cuts0

    A handful of Army installations have outlined planned reductions in family and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) programs as the service expects to cope with a $105 million cut in fiscal 2017 funding for such activities. On Aug. 31, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commander of Installation Management Command, announced the Army would be absorbing a 23 percent cut in its budget for family and recreation programs, with the funding shifted to higher priorities that support readiness. Fort Carson, Colo., for example, “will continue to rely significantly on borrowed military manpower from the 4th Infantry Division to sustain hours of operation and reduced pricing in our fitness centers and aquatics programs.” The reduction in overhead costs for MWR support services has resulted in a substantially smaller workforce at the post …

  • Army to Recognize Outstanding Community Partnerships0

    The Army is launching a new awards program to recognize partnerships between installations and communities that enhance readiness through installation support services. “Partnering with federal, state and local governments to find creative solutions to challenges is especially important during times of constrained resources,” according to a memo announcing the competition from Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management. The awards program will be incorporated into the Army Community of Excellence program in the future. The inaugural awards competition is open to all partnerships signed in fiscal 2015 or 2016 by garrisons, reserve centers and armories. Partnerships can include memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, educational agreements, leases or licenses, mutual aid agreements or intergovernmental support agreements …


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