• Marine Corps Wants to Adjust Upward its FY‘19 End Strength Goal

    Marine Corps Wants to Adjust Upward its FY‘19 End Strength Goal0

    To fill a shortage in its elite Marine Raider units, the Marine Corps wants to adjust its fiscal 2019 budget proposal so it can add 400 personnel next year. It originally requested growing by only 100 Marines — and by 1,100 service members since FY 2017 — to reach an active-duty end strength of 186,100

  • Funding Constraints Impede Range Modernization for Marine Corps, Officials Say

    Funding Constraints Impede Range Modernization for Marine Corps, Officials Say0

    The tradeoffs required for the Marine Corps to cope with stringent budget caps over the past several years have come at the expense of efforts to upgrade its training ranges to handle new operational challenges, senior officials from the service told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee last month. “In recognition of the currently constrained fiscal environment, the Marine Corps has been required to sacrifice further range modernization for the sustainment and recapitalization of existing capacities and capabilities,” Maj. Gen. Charles Hudson, commander of Marine Corps Installations Command and assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics, said during a Dec. 3 hearing on the impact of reduced funding for infrastructure and installation support …

  • Marine Forces Reserve Shifting Helicopter Unit from Robins AFB0

    Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is losing a Marine Reserve helicopter detachment, along with 150 active-duty Marines, as part of a reorganization intended to enhance operational efficiency and streamline command and control. The unit, which also employs 150 reservists, will relocate to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., in a move that will consolidate three locations into two, reported the Telegraph. The detachment’s fleet includes seven AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters and three UH-1Y Super Huey utility helicopters. 21st Century Partnership, the local support group for Robins, tried to stop the realignment, but Chief of Operations Chrissy Miner said the decision came down to dollars and cents.“We are certainly not happy about the decision, but the Marine Corps has exercised their option to do what is financially most prudent for them,” Miner told the paper.

  • Subcommittee Chairman Expected to Add Language Limiting Troop Cuts0

    Rep. Joe Wilson, chairman of the Armed Services military personnel subcommittee, is expected to add language to his panel’s portion of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill to ensure DOD does not shrink the end strength of the Army and Marine Corps too quickly. The provision would limit annual reductions in the Army to 15,000 personnel per year from FY 2014 through 2017, reported CQ Today. It also would limit annual reductions in the Marine Corps to 5,000 personnel per year from 2014 through 2017 …

  • Defense Bill Provides Only Partial Support for Military Buildup on Guam0

    House-Senate negotiators late last month dropped a key provision from the final version of the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill that could have provided a significant jolt of infrastructure funding to the government of Guam needed to accommodate the buildup of Marine Corps forces on the island over the next several years. The provision, included in the House version of the legislation, would have authorized DOD to allocate up to $500 million to pay for municipal services and facilities that directly support the move of 8,600 Marines and 9,000 family members from Japan by 2014. Guam’s infrastructure — including its port, transportation, electricity, water and wastewater — already is inadequate and officials believe the island needs several billion dollars, or more, to deal with the influx …