- December 22, 2015
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New York’s two senators on Thursday hailed the Air Force’s decision to transfer eight KC-135 refueling tankers to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station as the successful culmination of a months-long campaign by state and local officials to secure a new mission for the facility. “The eagle has landed for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D) told the Niagara Gazette following the news. “I’ve been working on this for a year. This is our future,” he said. Funding for the new mission is expected to be included in the Obama administration’s fiscal 2017 budget request. No timetable for transfer of the aircraft has been announced, but the move is expected to happen soon …READ MORE
The growing threat posed by cyberattacks not only places the military’s information networks at risk but also the dozens of control systems installations rely on to keep the lights on, utilities running, medical devices operating and other mission-specific equipment functioning. A special session during Installation Innovation Forum 2016, scheduled for Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C., will focus on the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of installation-related control systems, DOD’s strategy for deterring malicious attacks on those systems and possible roles the installations community can play to secure control systems …READ MORE
The population at Fort Sill is scheduled to grow by more than 400 personnel by the end of 2017 as the southwestern Oklahoma post gains two artillery battalions. The two Forces Command battalions will bring 834 soldiers to the post and about 800 dependents. That gain will be offset, however, by the loss of roughly 290 civilian jobs and 116 military positions, reported the Oklahoman. The post has about 10,000 active-duty, National Guard and Reserve positions and 5,000 civilians …READ MORE
Multiple jurisdictions surrounding Joint Base Langley-Eustis will begin a joint land use study shortly to limit incompatible development outside the joint base in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. James City County, York County, Newport News and Hampton are participating in the effort. The study has been approved by the Defense Department; the Office of Economic Adjustment is expected to allocate funding after it reviews the scope of work for the study, the Virginia Gazette reported this week. The possibility of new development interfering with operations at Fort Eustis assumed greater urgency when BASF Corp. applied to change its land use designation in James City County’s comprehensive plan for land it owns along the James River to mixed use. The corporation is considering selling the property to a potential waterfront developer. DOD said development on that land could come into conflict with operations at Fort Eustis …READ MORE
Military hospital commanders warned lawmakers on Wednesday against making drastic changes to a military health care system that allows a large degree of flexibility in training doctors and nurses. The witnesses acknowledged their hospitals could serve patients in a more timely manner, but said they are looking at innovative solutions to improve care, reported Military Times. “I would urge caution before we begin entertaining thoughts of changing the system. It works pretty well. Could it be better? Absolutely. Do we have to have better access? Absolutely,” said Army Col. Mike Place, commander of Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. …READ MORE
The Defense Department will continue its campaign to trim overhead and consider other organizational changes, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday as part of his preview of the Pentagon’s fiscal 2017 budget request. Officials are counting on saving $8 billion over the next five years through streamlining, Carter said. Separately, DOD is reviewing the landmark 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, which revamped the military’s organizational structure and streamlined the military chain of command …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE