Updates | Cherry Point

Lawmaker fights to stop wind farms

August 25, 2018

 
Wind farm. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

From Lauren Ohnesorge of Triangle Business Journal:

NC Senator Harry Brown, representing Jones and Onslow Counties, believes wind turbines can have an adverse effect on the state’s military bases.

Bulldozers through cornfields, cranes erecting 5-story metal cylinders and turbine blades the length of tanker trucks: It’s the fear of Sen. Harry Brown (R-Jones, Onslow) and a handful of others who worked for years to get the wind martorium – which expires December 31 – in place.

Asked to articulate his fears, Brown says they surround BRAC – Base Realignment and Consolidation. The military is streamlining, he says, and looking for “reasons” to consolidate. A turbine impacting a training flight path could give them one, hence his support of a moratorium to study the issue.

But the military, at least publicly, has said the existing process – which requires a green light from the Department of Defense – is enough.

Right now, there’s just one utility-scale wind farm spinning in the state. The 104-turbine project, developed by Avangrid, spins near Elizabeth City, creating power for Amazon.

Drew Ball, director of the Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center, says North Carolina should be scrambling to get more. Ball says other developers are interested, but are stymied by the moratorium.

But, Brown says, “If you live in North Carolina, it’s agriculture and military – that’s our economy. If you don’t protect those two things, well I don’t know what eastern North Carolina will look like.”

Brown says retired generals and other officers, many of whom he claims have reached out in private, fear turbines would devalue bases. He declines to name names.

“They, for a while, had pretty much a gag order – I hate to say it that way, but it’s the truth – to say anything negative about alternative energy,” he says.

One many who denies that characterization is retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, former assistant secretary for energy, installations and the environment with the US Navy.

“We have an open, transparent, objective process that is tried and true,” he says. “I told this to the senators that I met last month in Raleigh. …It isn’t zero sum. It isn’t military bases or wind farms.”

Retired Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, also denies there’s any kind of gag order.

Castellaw says, “We need alternative energy as an element of our national security. …It’s not just about somebody trying to make money. What it’s about also is contributing to the energy portfolio of America and to the security that the energy portfolio provides.”

 

Multi-Mission Capabilities for Emerging Global Threats

August 13, 2018

 
F-35 takes off. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

The designation of fighter aircraft by “generations” began with the first subsonic jets toward the end of World War II, with each new generation reflecting a major advance in technology and capability. The F-35 Lightning II is referred to as a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth capabilities with fighter aircraft speed and agility, fully-fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced logistics and sustainment.  Read more

 

(source: www.f35.com)

 

NC Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan Tours FRC East

August 09, 2018

 
NC DEQ Secretary Tours FRC. East Allies for Cherry POint

Secretary of the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Michael Regan visited Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East on August 3, 2018.  The Secretary received an orientation briefing of the organization’s operations and a tour of the facility.  FRC East has been a Steward Member of the NC DEQ Environmental Stewardship Iniative since 2004.

FRC East has an impressive environmental protection and compliance record.  The briefing with Secretary Regan highlighted:

  • An excellent compliance track record
  • ISO 14001 certification in environmental management since November 2003
  • Steward Member of NC Environmental Stewardship Iniative (ESI) since 2004
  • Active sharing with private sector of environmental stewardship best practices and lessons learned
  • DEQ Clean Air Act Title V permit holder
  • Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Sustainability Award Winner – 2o17
  • Involved with base, local industry and community outreach events related to environmental compliance and sustainability.
 

Senate Passes NDAA with Multiple Tillis Provisions, Heads to Presidents Desk

August 01, 2018

 

Includes $240 Million for Military Construction in NC, Provisions to End Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the Senate passage of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The bipartisan legislation includes more than a dozen provisions authored by Senator Tillis, including a bipartisan provision he authored with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that directs the Secretary of Defense to submit an assessment of the potential purchase by the Republic of Turkey of the S-400 air and missile defense system from the Russian Federation, as well as an assessment regarding Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program as long it continues to unlawfully detain Pastor Andrew Brunson, a native North Carolinian. Other provisions authored by Senator Tillis will improve the lives of our servicemembers and military families, make critical improvements to North Carolina’s military installations, and provide the largest pay raise for servicemembers in nine years.

As Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, Senator Tillis chaired an open hearing on the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. On a bipartisan basis, Senator Tillis and his subcommittee colleagues passed an across the board 2.6% pay raise, for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Additionally, Senator Tillis worked on a bipartisan basis to secure a number of provisions in the FY19 NDAA to reform how the United States military manages, trains, retains and recruits its officer corps. Senator Tillis’ Personnel Subcommittee mark also addressed the opioid crisis, provided Impact Aid for local school districts, supported military spouses, and established policies and procedures to end juvenile sexual assault and harassment, domestic violence, and child abuse.

“I’m proud of the bipartisan work we accomplished with the NDAA, demonstrating a commitment to our servicemembers and our national security,” said Senator Tillis. “I am pleased my bipartisan provision with Senator Shaheen to delay the sale of F-35s to Turkey so we send a clear message to President Erdogan that the United States expects Turkey to uphold its obligations as a NATO ally, including respecting the due process rights of American citizens who reside in or travel to Turkey. I’m also pleased the NDAA included $240 million to upgrade North Carolina’s military installations and a number of provisions I championed that modernizes the management of officers and establishes policies and procedures to end juvenile sexual assault and harassment, domestic violence, and child abuse.”

Senator Tillis’ Priorities in the NDAA:

  • Delaying Transfer of F-35s to Turkey
    • Directs the Secretary of Defense to submit an assessment regarding Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program. This provision is a direct response to the Turkish government’s wrongful imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, and Turkey’s troubling intention to purchase the S-400 system from Russia. The legislation also contains a Sense of Congress that the Republic of Turkey continues to unlawfully and wrongfully detain United States citizens, including Andrew Brunson.
  • Defense Officer Personnel Management Act (DOPMA) Reform
    • Introduces the most comprehensive reform of the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act since its inception in 1980, which includes key provisions to better align officer management with the objectives included in the National Defense Strategy. These provisions will modernize DOPMA to provide the services with the authority and flexibility to better recruit, support and retain officers.
  • Addressing Opioid Abuse
    • Requires the DOD to establish and maintain a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that will allow bi-directional information sharing for designated controlled substances.
      • This language, which was included in the Personnel Subcommittee mark of the Senate NDAA, was a result of the SASC Personnel roundtable hosted by Senator Tillis in Fayetteville, NC that examined pain management practices in the DOD, VA and Civilian health care sectors.
    • Establish a 3-year comprehensive pilot program to minimize early opioid exposure and to prevent opioid misuse and abuse. This program will maximize opioid safety across the entire continuum of care and seeks to prevent the progression to misuse or abuse of opioid medications.
  • Impact Aid
    • Authorizes $40 million in supplemental Impact Aid to local educational agencies with military dependent children and $10 million in impact aid for schools with military dependent children with severe disabilities.
  • Juvenile Sexual Assault and Harassment
    • Requires the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to establish policies and procedures to extend the same Title IX protections to students at DODEA schools who are victims of sexual harassment.
  • Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
    • Includes provisions from S. 2846, the Military Family PROTECT Act, bipartisan legislation co-introduced by Senators Gillibrand and Tillis that would establish multidisciplinary teams for military installations on child abuse and domestic violence.
    • Authorizes a pilot program on the prevention of child abuse and training on safe childcare practices among military families.
    • Establishes a new punitive article in the Uniform Code of Military Justice prohibiting domestic violence.
  • Military Spouses
    • Expands authority for non-competitive appointments of military spouses by federal agencies.

FY19 Military Construction Funding for North Carolina:

  • Fort Bragg
    • $20.257M – Special Operations Facility; Search Evade Rescue and Evacuation (SERE) Resistance Training Lab Complex
    • $12.109M – Special Operations Facility; Replace Training Maze and Tower
    • $10M – Dining Facility
  • Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
    • $55M – Flightline Utility Modernization – Maintenance upgrades to runways in support of Marine Corps and national security requirements
    • $60M – Aircraft Maintenance Hanger for the Vertical Lift Fan Test Facility
  • Camp Lejeune
    • $51.3M – 2nd Radio BN Complex, Phase 2
  • New River
    • $32.58M – Ambulatory Care Center/Dental Clinic Replacement

 

North Carolina Total Funding:

 

  • $241,246,000

 

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Burr Votes in Favor of Service Members, North Carolina Bases in Bipartisan Defense Bill

August 01, 2018

 

August 1, 2018: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage by a vote of 87-10 of the Conference Report on the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019, H.R. 5515:

“The National Defense Authorization Act ensures those who volunteer to defend our nation have the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs and I’m pleased to vote in favor of this critical funding measure,” said Senator Burr. “I was glad to see this bill included a provision I introduced with Senator Murray to begin a pilot program for Special Operations Command (SOCOM) medics to become Physician Assistants in their post-military career more easily. The SOCOM medic pilot program will use operational experience of special operators, along with academic partnerships across the nation, to shorten the certification time from two years to five months. This bill also authorizes several hundred million dollars for multiple North Carolina military installations such as Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point and New River.  I look forward to seeing the NDAA signed into law soon.”