- December 22, 2015
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With the timing of a new BRAC round uncertain, the Air Force has decided to conduct its own evaluations of its installations that possibly could be used to assign missions or prioritize investments in facilities. “We need a better understanding of the military value of our installations and to do some more strategic thinking about where to invest our limited resources,” Richard Hartley, principal deputy assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy, told the Defense Communities 2016 National Summit last week. “We don’t know exactly how we’re going to use this analysis yet …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
Officials from Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL) and neighboring communities have signed a series of partnership agreements to leverage each other’s resources and improve services at the installation and the surrounding region near the central California coast. “We already have a history of working with many of these community partners,” said FHL Commander Col. Jan Norris. “These agreements [solidify] our partnerships and give us a platform to further enhance what we can do for each other.” FHL and community partners have been meeting for the last four months to discuss potential partnerships which culminated with a signing ceremony at Hartnell College in King City …READ MORE
The state of Hawaii will complete a supply chain map for its defense contracting community, under a $763,856 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. This grant will enable the state to identify the prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to the military, allowing state leaders to better support the defense industry as Pentagon spending faces uncertainty, according to a press release from the office of Gov. David Ige (D). Past analyses of the military’s impact on Hawaii have only been completed at the macro-economic level. “This project will reveal how the defense sector impacts every island and aspect of our economy,” said David Carey, chairman of the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii …READ MORE
With sea level in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia projected to rise by up to six feet by the end of the century, the Navy and the neighbors of Naval Station Norfolk have launched multiple efforts to address one of the primary consequences of climate change. The Navy already has been coping with storm surges and flooding in Norfolk. Every couple of months, the base needs to shut off the utilities along a submarine pier when the water level surges, Capt. Pat Rios, who had been chief engineer for the Navy’s mid-Atlantic region, told PRI. And a parking lot, a barracks and other buildings on the base are flood-prone. DOD recently launched a first-of-its-kind joint land use study to assess how rising waters will affect the naval station’s ability to provide needed services …READ MORE
Texas did not violate the constitution by limiting its offer of a free education at public universities to veterans who were state residents when they joined the military, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The decision reverses a January 2015 ruling by a lower court that found the state law that limited the college tuition benefit unconstitutional. A veteran who enlisted in Georgia and moved to Texas after he left the military challenged the law’s Texas enlistment requirement, reported the Houston Chronicle. The appeals court ruled that the state has the right to regulate its own education system …READ MORE
Senior Army officials on Thursday made the case that shedding some of the service’s inventory of unneeded facilities by closing installations and consolidating the Army’s activities is the only way to produce significant savings and improve installation support. “If we try to spread declining resources across all 155 installations the Army owns and operates, you are going to get mediocre services everywhere,” Andy Napoli, assistant for BRAC in the office of the assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, told representatives from veterans service organizations, military service organizations and other nonprofits at a Pentagon summit. “If you can concentrate the resources at a smaller number of installations, you can get better service …READ MORE