Army Alliance Breakfast held December 3 2015 BRAC Is Coming: Are We Ready?
Over 100 people joined APG and community leaders at Richlin Ballroom, Edgewood MD, to learn about regional preparations for the next round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions. The guest speaker was Barry P. Steinberg, a partner in Kutak Rock’s Washington office.
Beginning in 1991, Mr. Steinberg has represented over 25 communities in the four latest rounds of base closure (1991, 1993, and 2005). In several of these engagements, his representation involved as many as 11 military bases within the clients’ sphere of concern. He continues to assist communities in their efforts to ensure that the military value of their facilities and installations is enhanced and protected. At the time of his retirement from active duty in the Army, Mr. Steinberg held the rank of colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and served as Chief of the Army’s Environmental Law Division in the Pentagon. Mr. Steinberg presented the case for the inevitability of a future BRAC, despite political pressures to the contrary, and the need for communities to be proactive in addressing issues that could impact an installation’s military value and therefore its outcome in a BRAC assessment process.
Mr. Steinberg was joined by Jill McClune, Army Alliance Preisdent and Daniel Whipp, CSSC Coordinator who also briefed on the Army’s final decisions from the SPEA conducted in 2014/2015, the status of the Joint Land Use Study, and the opportunities for the community to become more involved with the Army Alliance and the CSSC to protect and target growth for APG in any future BRAC round. Copies of the speaker presentations are provided below. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the Army Alliance on these issues, please contact Jill McClune at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download slides presented by Barry Steinberg on the federal status of a possible next BRAC, click here:AA Breakfast 2015 Speaker Presentation.
To download slides presented by Jill McClune on the status of the federal budget and the Alliance’s 2015 initiatives, click here: AA Breakfast 2015 Alliance Presentation.
To download slides presented by Daniel Whipp on the status of APG’s Joint Land Use Study, click here: AA Breakfast 2015 JLUS Presentation.
Army Alliance Annual Dinner held June 8, 2015
Over 150 people attended the Army Alliance Annual Dinner featuring Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger and John Willison, deputy director of the US Army Communications-Electronics Reserach and Development Center, who spoke about Army initiatives in cybersecurity. The Annual Dinner was be held Monday, June 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp, Maryland.
To download slides presented by Army Alliance President Jill McClune, on topics related to legislative activity, click here: Army Alliance Dinner 2015 Presentation.
To download slides presented by John Willison on Army Cyber Initiatives, click here:Army Alliance Brief Rev 5 (FINAL)- 8 Jun 15 (No B-U) (2).
To see photos from the event, visit: http://christinesullivan.zenfolio.com/p850499385. And we thank the very talented Christine Sullivan for again providing outstanding photography to the Army Alliance.
If you care about the potential loss of 4,300 jobs at APG, you need to attend a Public Forum on January 29, 2015
Help show the strength of this defense community by attending the U.S. Army’s Listening Session regarding the potential loss of 4300 jobs at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The event will take place Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at the Amoss Center of Harford Technical High School, 200 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air, MD. Senior U.S. Army officials will be presenting their case for the potential loss of 4,300 positions at APG. There are 1,000 seats at the Amoss Center and we need to fill them all with concerned citizens.
When: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Amoss Center, Harford Technical High School, 200 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air
Who: U.S. Army Senior Officials will be presenting their case for the potential loss of 4300 positions at APG
How You Can Help: Please attend and help fill the 1,000 seats !
In case of inclement weather: 410.273.5708
Announced: The Honorable Katrina G. McFarland, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, will Keynote the Army Alliance’s Annual Breakfast November 6, 2014
Consolidated response to proposed APG job reduction submitted to the Army
The Army Alliance and the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor submitted a coordinated regional response to the Army Environmental Command regarding the proposed Army 2020 force restructure alignment, which calls for the possible elimination of 4,300 military and civilian positions at APG.
The Army’s draft report assessed the impact of the loss of jobs across 30 Army installations – to include APG – and concluded in its draft a “Finding of No Significant Impact” on APG. The Army Alliance held a public forum on August 4, 2014, to gather input from the public.
The response submitted from the Army Alliance and CSSC can be downloaded here (pdf): Army Alliance CSSC APG SPEA Response 08252014 final.
Potential Job Loss of 4,300 at APG
Organizations at Aberdeen Proving Ground are facing a loss of about 4,300 military and civilian jobs as a result of the Army’s 2020 Force Structure Realignment proposal and associated report. The loss of these jobs will have a significant negative impact on the region’s socioeconomic resources, as well as potentially to the critical missions and unique capabilities. If this realignment moves forward, the reduction of the APG military and civilian workforce will be significant – 1/3 of the existing staffing levels. Because of this clear negative impact, the Army Alliance is opposed to the proposal as it is now written. It simply places our region at too high a risk for regional economic decline and endangers the progress our region has made in recent years.
Your voice needs to be heard. The Army has published a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for Army 2020 force structure realignment and is making its draft Finding of No Significant Impact available for public comment until August 25, 2014. All members of the public can review and provide comments. You can access the documents here: http://aec.army.mil/Services/Support/NEPA/Documents.aspx or directly download the section that details the evaluation of Aberdeen Proving Ground assets here (pdf will automatically load): http://aec.army.mil/Portals/3/nepa/Army2020SPEA-2.pdf.
News from June 2014
Over 150 people attended the Army Alliance Annual Sponsorship Dinner, which took place June 9, 2014, at Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp. Army Chief Information Officer/G6 LTG Robert S. Ferrell was the guest speaker. He addressed the topic of challenges and opportunities in Army information systems. To see more photographs from the event, go to www.flickr.com/photos/armyalliance.