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Governor's Military Council visits MCLB Barstow (6-8-2017)

Four members of the Governor’s Military Council visited Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow to get an up close and personal overview of the installation and its operations, June 5.

The council established by Gov. Edmund “Jerry” Brown works to protect California's military installations and operations amid ongoing Department of Defense budget cuts, and leverage changes in federal military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission.

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Joint Forces Training Base to initiate major solar energy project (4-21-2017)

The California Army National Guard is presently conducting an environmental assessment (EA) at Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) in Los Alamitos to address potential effects associated with installing and operating a solar panel-based renewable energy generation facility (REGF) on the installation.

The proposed solar project – projected to begin in May or June 2018 – is part of the U.S. Army’s implementation of its Energy, Security and Sustainment (ES2) Strategy. A key component of that strategy is to provide secure sources of energy at strategically located installations across the country.

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Key local leaders receive Air Force Space Command award(4-6-2017)

Key South Bay area civic leaders received an award from Air Force Space Command commander Gen. Jay Raymond during a ceremony here Feb. 15.

The South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce (SBACC) was named the recipient of the 2016 AFSPC Community Support Award for their outstanding support of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s mission at Los Angeles AFB.

The award, sponsored by the Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council, recognizes the community that provided the most significant impact to mission and installation needs in supporting an Air Force Space Command base.

Edwards schools secure $63.5 million DOD grant to modernize(4-6-2017)

The future just got brighter for Edwards Air Force Base schools thanks to a $63.5 million Department of Defense grant that was approved last week.

The grant will go to the Muroc Joint Unified School District, which oversees schools at Edwards. The amount is for $63,583,420 and will fund the first of two phases to modernize or replace school facilities on base.

"Our military families sacrifice a great deal to support our nation, so our school-age children and their educational facilities are one of my top family priorities,” said Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander. “This investment in our elementary school is a result of a great deal of hard work between the Muroc Joint Unified School District, congress, the Air Force and the Department of Defense.”

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How San Diego can lead America in cyberwarfare innovation (4-6-2017)

When I joined the Navy in 1970, the projection of Naval sea power was all about strategies to deploy Marines, ships, submarines and aircraft above, below, and on the sea. Today, there’s a new complication — cybersecurity — as data has become weaponized and hackers seek to attack all manner of targets — companies, cities, nations, even the ships where I once worked.

At the same time, cyber attackers, and their rising diversity and sophistication, offer an opportunity to innovate and grow new markets. You can see what that looks like in San Diego, where I live and work.

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Janet Nguyen, colleagues announce legislation to aid military veterans (3-30-2017)

As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and the Governor’s Military Council, Senator Janet Nguyen was proud to host a press conference at the State Capitol to announce Senate and Assembly bills designed to aid California’s Military Veterans. Joining her for this important announcement were Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller, Senate Republican Leader-Elect Patricia Bates, Senator Jim Nielsen, Senator Andy Vidak and Assemblyman Randy Voepel, as well as representatives from the American Legion, National Guard Association of California, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America, California State Commanders Veterans Council, and the Women’s Veterans Alliance.

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Beale AFB Takes in California Flood Threat Evacuees (2-13-2017)

Beale Air Force Base in northern California was sheltering several hundred evacuees from the Lake Oroville flood threat Monday, and the entire California National Guard has been put on alert as the military gears up for an emergency response.

The base opened its gates to evacuees from local communities Sunday night, and by Monday was caring for more than 400 people. "This was an immediate and emergency action to support a portion of the 180,000 evacuees of the Oroville Dam emergency situation," the base said in a release.

"Team Beale understands the hardships many are enduring during this crisis, and we want to offer all of the aid we can," it said in a Facebook post.

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NAS Lemoore’s game changer (1-25-2017)


LEMOORE - Called a game changer and the most advanced generation airplane, the F-35C Lightning II is the Navy's newest fighter jet.

After years of development, the strike fighters now call Lemoore Naval Air Station home.

The F-35C planes landed in Lemoore for the first time on Wednesday as they were introduced to the base and the West Coast.

“What a great day for aviation, and really for the Lemoore community,” said Naval Air Forces Commander Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker. “We’re introducing – no kidding – game-changing fifth generation capabilities.”

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Navy's West Coast air base is getting its first F-35C fighter jets (1-20-2017)

FRESNO - The first F-35C fighter jets to be based at Lemoore Naval Air Station, the Navy's West Coast air base, will arrive next week, the Navy said.

Four are to arrive Wednesday morning.

To mark the event, an arrival ceremony will be held at which Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet naval air forces, will speak.

The jets will join the recently reactivated VFA-125 squadron, which will serve as the West Coast fleet replacement squadron for the F-35C, also known as the F-35C Lightning II. The squadron will train pilots and personnel. When at full strength, the fleet replacement squadron is forecast to bring an estimated $36 million annual payroll to the region, said John Lehn, CEO of the Kings County Economic Development Corp.

"It's economic activity," he said. "It's always helpful."

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JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Travis AFB named next KC-46A locations (1-12-2017)

WASHINGTON - Air Force officials selected Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, New Jersey, and Travis Air Force Base, California, as the preferred locations for the next two active-duty-led KC-46A Pegasus bases.

Twenty-four KC-46A aircraft will replace the legacy aircraft currently at each of those bases.

“Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst and Travis AFB were chosen as the next two active-duty-led KC-46A bases because they meet all operational mission requirements at the best value for the Air Force and the American taxpayer and support our tanker recapitalization strategy," said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. "It is absolutely essential that we continue investing in the next generation of tanker aircraft so we have the aircraft necessary to maintain the nation's global reach for years to come."

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Pentagon says it will waive bonus repayments for vast majority of California National Guard soldiers (1-3-2017)

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Tuesday it would waive repayment for more than 15,000 California National Guard soldiers and veterans who received enlistment bonuses over the last decade but that 1,000 or so other service members would not have their debts waived.

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California Base Support Groups Write State's Incoming Senator (12-13-2016)

Fourteen local military support organizations in California emphasized the unique attributes of the state’s air, sea and land ranges, and its 30-plus installations in a letter to Senator-elect Kamala Harris (D) urging her to seek a seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Supporting California’s defense assets, its host communities and the military personnel and their families stationed there requires leadership at all levels of government, the Dec. 9 letter states. “Serving on this distinguished committee will allow you to remain at the forefront of the important issues that will shape the future of our defense infrastructure in California, and support our military families for years to come,” it says. Harris, who will fill the Senate seat of the retiring Barbara Boxer (D), currently is California’s attorney general.

Naval Base Ventura County to fight climate change (11-28-2016)

In a first-of-its-kind effort, an environmental group will help Naval Base Ventura County, home to the largest remaining coastal wetlands in Southern California, prepare for rising sea levels caused by climate change.

The project announced this month by the naval base and The Nature Conservancy could serve as a model for U.S. military installations worldwide endeavoring to protect their coastlines from the impacts of global warming, said Lily Verdone, coastal project director for the Ventura office of the national nonprofit.

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CUSD Board Accepts $1.25 Million Department Of Defense Education Grant (11-26-2016)

Coronado - Coronado Unified School District’s (CUSD) Governing Board voted unanimously to accept a five-year $1.25 million Department of Defense Activity (DoDEA) Partnership during their meeting of Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Formally titled ‘Project Arts for Learning,’ the grant will run through August 2021. The grant’s target group is students who are below proficient in English Language Arts and students with chronic absenteeism. Military dependent students are the target population, but all CUSD students will benefit from the grant.

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California moves to snag more troops, defense contracts (11-13-2016)

SAN DIEGO - California dwarfs Virginia.

You could fit nearly four Virginias into the map of the Golden State, and California boasts a population nearly five times as large.

But when it comes to sluicing Pentagon cash to the states, Virginia stands on top — $54.7 billion compared to second-place California’s $52.5 billion, according to the most recent Department of Defense report tracking annual military spending.

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Monterey, Army Enter New Chapter in Municipal Partnership (10-28-2016)

When the existing contract between the city of Monterey, Calif., and the Presidio of Monterey that governs the city’s delivery of base operation services to the Army runs out at the end of the year, very little will change on the surface.

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Navy and Energy Commission agree to partner on renewable energy projects (10-19-2016)

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission and the Department of the Navy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Oct. 12 that will help the state and the Navy and Marine Corps continue to operate on the cutting edge of technology by pursuing innovative renewable energy initiatives.

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Air Force Launches Space Consortium That Puts Startups to Work On Prototypes (10-18-2016)

WASHINGTON—The Air Force is looking for a company to lead a new space consortium formed to help broaden participation in space acquisition programs to startups and small businesses.

During the Air Force Innovation Forum in San Jose, Calif., Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on Monday announced that the service had issued a request for information for a not-for-profit manager of the Space Enterprise Consortium.

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Officials tout harmony between NASL, Kings County (8-5-2016)

LEMOORE - Members of the Governor’s Military Council visited Naval Air Station Lemoore Thursday and they heard one message loud and clear from the local support group Friends of NAS Lemoore: We want the base to remain, we want it to flourish and we’ll do what it takes to make sure that happens.

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California Military Council Set To Protect Bases (5-17-2016)

SACRAMENTO - After being placed on permanent status, Gov. Jerry Brown's Military Council is coming up with a strategic plan to protect the state's military installations from closure.

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Governor's Military Council to drive support of CA military sector (5-17-2016)

By Jesse GipeEconomic Impact Study Principals

SAN DIEGO - In partnership with more than a dozen organizations across San Diego County including the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), EDC has established Operation San Diego, a strategy to support our military and defense assets in the region. As part of these efforts, I had the opportunity to attend the largest gathering of senior military officials ever hosted by the Governor’s Military Council (GMC) earlier this week. The two-day Defense Summit provided military leaders, support organizations, state agencies and elected officials an opportunity to discuss how to address some of the critical needs of bases and the personnel they house.

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Governor's Military Council Releases Report on California's National Security Mission (6-24-2015)

SACRAMENTO – Report Outlines State's Importance to Shifting National Security Priorities

After more than 18 months meeting with military and business leaders from around the state, the Governor’s Military Council today released a report, “Maintaining and Expanding California’s National Security Mission,” which outlines ways the state can help protect and strengthen the military’s national security role and economic activity in California.

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Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Support California Veterans (10-10-2013)

SAN DIEGO ? Taking action to help California veterans find decent housing, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined local veterans, lawmakers and community leaders in San Diego today to sign legislation to expand housing opportunities for veterans.

?After veterans serve our country, it?s our duty to serve them,? said Governor Brown. ?This new reformed housing program will make life better for veterans for years to come."

The legislation (AB 639), authored by Assembly Speaker John A. P?rez (D-Los Angeles), will ask voters to repurpose $600 million of existing veterans? housing bond funds to use for multifamily, transitional and supportive housing. The bond will go before the voters on the June 2014 primary ballot. The Governor signed the bill at Veterans Village of San Diego.

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Report: Defense Spending Likely to Drop (9-26-2013)

By Gretel C. KovachEconomic Impact Study Principals
San Diego Union Tribune

SAN DIEGO - The wartime era of growing defense spending in San Diego County plateaued in fiscal 2013 and will likely retract slightly next year, according to a report released today by the San Diego Military Advisory Council.

In 2014, the military and defense industry will continue to be San Diego?s ?most important economic driver,? but its impact may diminish in coming years with the cumulative effects of federal budget cuts and Defense Department downsizing, the study forecast.

San Diego fared better than many predicted, however, during the 2013 federal budget crises that culminated in March with across-the-board defense spending cuts under sequestration.

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Governor Brown Convenes State Military Council (3-28-2013)

SACRAMENTO ? In an effort to protect and expand the military?s vital role in national security and California?s economy, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today established the Governor?s Military Council and appointed former Congresswoman and Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher as chair.

?California plays a crucial role in our nation?s defense, and military bases and activities are vital to our state?s economy,? said Governor Brown. ?As federal priorities shift to cyber security and new military technology, this Council will work to expand defense-industry jobs and investment in California.?

California is home to 29 federal military installations and the Department of Defense directly employs more than 236,000 people in California. The Governor?s Military Council will work to protect California?s military installations and operations amid ongoing Department of Defense budget cuts, and leverage changes in federal military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission.

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Senate Appoints Four Members to QDR Panel (3-6-2013)

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON ? Retired Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, are among four appointments to the Quadrennial Defense Review?s independent panel the Senate Armed Services Committee announced yesterday.

Also named to the panel were retired Air Force Gen. Gregory S. Martin, former commander of Air Force Materiel Command, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, former Defense Intelligence Agency director.

As part of a 10‐member independent panel of civilian experts, they will provide outside analysis of the Defense Department?s work on the 2014 QDR that will guide U.S. strategic planning and procurement for the next two decades.

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