Farnan: Climate Change Threatens Soldiers, Army Posts

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Farnan: Climate Change Threatens Soldiers, Army Posts

Efforts to make the Army and its installations more sustainable will reduce casualties and increase the lethality of the fighting force, a senior Army official said. 

“Climate change is affecting the Army already,” said Paul Farnan, acting assistant Army secretary for installations, energy and environment. “It's affecting our installations … [and] threatening … the health and safety of our soldiers and families. It’s also impacting our operations.” 

Army Moves Out to Combat Climate Change Threats

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Army Moves Out to Combat Climate Change Threats

Climate change is already affecting the Army’s mission and installations, a senior Army official said.

“Climate change is affecting the Army today,” said Paul Farnan, acting assistant Army secretary for installations, energy and environment. “It’s affecting how we operate, where we operate, what we do [and] how we train.” 

Army Recognizes 7 Posts for Community Partnerships

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Army Recognizes 7 Posts for Community Partnerships

Seven Army installations and their neighboring communities have been announced as the winners of the 2021 Army Partnership Awards.

This year’s winners were chosen for building “stronger community relationships” and “demonstrating partnerships that improve quality of life, enhance Army readiness and modernize Army processes,” according to an Army press release.

The awards will be presented Jan. 12 in a virtual ceremony.

Improvements Planned for Depots and Arsenals

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Improvements Planned for Depots and Arsenals

The Army’s depots and arsenals are challenged to modernize for the future while also maintaining continuity, a senior official told Congress. 

Testifying Oct. 28 before the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on readiness, Karen Saunders, senior official performing the duties of the assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, said efforts are underway to improve through modernization and new human capital planning.  

Commission Seeks Public Input to Rename 10 Army Posts

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Commission Seeks Public Input to Rename 10 Army Posts

The commission tasked with renaming military installations that honor Confederate leaders is asking for the public’s participation in suggesting new names.

Seeking names that are consistent with U.S. military and national values, the Naming Commission is asking local, city, state and federal leaders, as well as members of the community, to provide insight and feedback to ensure a well-rounded process.

Army to Keep 6 Europe Sites as Demands Grow

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Army to Keep 6 Europe Sites as Demands Grow

Six sites slated to be returned to Germany and Belgium will now be retained by U.S. Army Europe and Africa as the need for facilities grows apace with operational requirements.

The move is a result of a 2018 assessment, directed by DoD, of the sites remaining in Europe. The assessment, conducted by U.S. Army Europe and Africa and Installation Management Command-Europe, found that growth requirements were outpacing facility construction and renovation, according to a press release from U.S. Army Europe and Africa.

DoD Announces Stricter Mask Requirements

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DoD Announces Stricter Mask Requirements

Service members, civilian employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are now required to wear masks indoors on DoD installations and facilities in areas with “substantial or high community transmission” of COVID-19.

Climate Change Strategy Coming Soon

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Climate Change Strategy Coming Soon

The Army will produce a climate change strategy within about two months, the Army’s top installation officials told Congress. 

Testifying recently before the House Armed Services Committee’s readiness subcommittee, Jack Surash, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy, said he has no doubt that climate change is having an impact on the Army and its planning. 

Renaming Commission Beginning Army Post Visits

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Renaming Commission Beginning Army Post Visits

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, will be the first stop in a series of site visits for members of the commission tasked with renaming military installations honoring Confederate leaders.

Commission members will initially focus on DoD-owned installations as they plan visits over the summer and through the fall to meet with commanders and local leaders, said retired Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, the commission chair.