OEA continues to assist communities, both large and small, with adapting to Defense program changes. Communities benefit from decades of OEA knowledge and community best practices, allowing them to leverage state and federal resources to proactively and positively change their individual community.
Each project highlight story below showcases a challenge the community is facing and how this community, with OEA support, is working to solve it.
Fort William Harrison, Montana
The Montana Army National Guard (MTARNG) operates Fort William Harrison, and its associated Limestone Hills training area, as a National Guard and military training site. Fort William Harrison is located in Lewis and Clark County, one mile east of Helena, and encompasses 6,387 acres, of which 3,010 acres are Army owned and licensed to the MTARNG. The associated Limestone Hills training area consists of 20,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and State owned land, and is located in Broadwater County approximately 41 miles southeast of Fort Harrison. Mostly private land holdings surround the installation and its training areas.
Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida
In July 1993, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended the realignment of Homestead Air Force Base which covered an area of 2,940 acres. The 31st Fighter Wing was inactivated and all other operations, with the exception of Air Force Reserve activities, were relocated. Homestead then became an Air Reserve Base (ARB) in 1994 with the 482nd Fighter Wing as the host unit. The mission of the 482nd Fighter Wing is to train and equip reservists to respond to wartime and peacetime tasking as directed by higher headquarters.
Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington, Maryland
Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington (formerly known as Andrews Air Force Base) is the secure aerial gateway for the President of the United States, senior U.S. leaders and all foreign dignitaries. The installation is the home of the 89th Airlift Wing whose missions include the operation of Air Force One and the transit point for all wounded warriors returning to the U.S. The 11th Wing is the host wing, supporting more than 60 separate organizations on Andrews including the Air National Guard, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air Force District Washington Headquarters. Joint Base (JB) Andrews is located in Prince George’s County, approximately five miles southeast of the District of Columbia. The base covers approximately 5,000 acres, bordered on the west by a highly urbanized area and to the east by a semi-rural area that is subject to rapid suburban residential growth.
Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Air Force Base and Naval Weapons Station Charleston merged on 1 October 2010 to become Joint Base (JB) Charleston. Encompassing approximately 3,500 acres within the City of North Charleston, the base is home to the 437th and 315th Airlift Wings. As a joint civilian-military airport, JB Charleston shares runways with Charleston International Airport for commercial and general aviation operations. The 437th Airlift Wing is the host unit with the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. JB Charleston missions also include the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) and the Nuclear Power Training Unit. With close proximity to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, the base serves as an Army logistics hub as the largest surface port in the defense transportation system.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is located in Anchorage, consisting of approximately 75,000 acres. In 2010 the 673d Air Base Wing activated as the host wing, combining installation management functions of Elmendorf Air Force Base's 3rd Wing and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Richardson, and consisting of four groups that operate and maintain the Joint Base for air sovereignty, combat training, force staging, and through output operations in support of worldwide contingencies. The installation hosts the headquarters for the United States Alaskan Command, 11th Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska, and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. The wing supports and enables three Air Force total-force wings, two Army brigades and 75 associate and tenant units. Military Operations Areas are north of the installation in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia
Joint Base (JB) Langley-Eustis is located in Hampton and Newport News and under the jurisdiction of the U. S. Air Force 633rd Air Base Wing, Air Combat Command. JB Langley-Eustis was established in accordance with congressional legislation implementing the recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission. The legislation ordered the consolidation of the two facilities into a single joint base. JB Langley-Eustis is one of 12 joint bases formed in the United States as a result of the 2005 BRAC requirements. Unlike other joint bases that share common perimeters, the two components are geographically separated by 17 miles.