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Project Highlights

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.

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

M7 Priest preserved along the entrance road at APG

Background

The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision has brought unprecedented growth to the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) region. APG has expanded by more than 8,200 direct jobs to an installation population of nearly 22,000 active duty and civilian personnel. The indirect and induced impact of APG's mission growth, including more than 70 defense contractor companies new to the APG community, is estimated to add more than 30,000 people to the region's current population. More than 80 tenant organizations support the research, development, and testing and evaluation (RDT&E) mission at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

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Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico

MC-130W Combat Spear at Cannon AFB

Background

The communities surrounding Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) have a long history of supporting its Airmen and their families. After a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision to close Cannon AFB unless the Department of Defense identified a new mission, the Secretary of Defense and U.S. Air Force decided to transfer the base from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), eliminating the existing F-16 tactical fighter mission and bringing in C-130, CV-22, and Predator special operations missions. The new mission, the 27th Special Operations Wing, began in October 2007, resulting in the addition of an estimated 1,213 net personnel.

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City of Alexandria, Virginia

City of Alexandria, VA Seal

Background

Alexandria is located inside the Beltway, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The city's robust business environment is fueled by stable economic drivers such as a large concentration of technology companies, the fourth-largest concentration of professional associations in the country, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and a tourism industry that hosts nearly 3.3 million visitors a year. The city encompasses 15.75 square miles.

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Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

Two F-35A Lightning IIs soar over Eglin Air Force Base

Background

Military growth related to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 decisions at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) includes: the stand-up of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Initial Joint Training Site (IJTS); and relocation of the U.S. Army's 7th Special Forces Group, Airborne (7 SFG) from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The net growth to Florida's tri-county area of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties and their local jurisdictions is estimated at 10,000 people, including family members. Eglin AFB occupies more than 465,000 acres of land in the tri-county area, with Okaloosa County virtually bisected by the Eglin reservation. The remaining two counties also contain significant portions of the AFB within their boundaries.

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Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Fort Belvoir

Background

Fort Belvoir is located in southern Fairfax County, just north of Prince William County, and is Virginia's largest single employer. With the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) action, along with other growth at the installation, 39,228 personnel are stationed at Fort Belvoir, representing more than 140 Department of Defense agencies. This growth, occurring at Main Post, North Area, and the Mark Center, creates distinct challenges for Fairfax County and its neighboring jurisdictions due to the regional nature of the impacts. The BRAC action added administrative, medical, and intelligence missions to Fort Belvoir, necessitating the construction and renovation of facilities to accommodate a net gain of approximately 19,300 military and civilian personnel (3,400 on Main Post; 8,500 on Fort Belvoir North Area; 6,400 at the Mark Center; and 1,000 at Rivanna Station in Charlottesville, VA). The expansion of Fort Belvoir’s workforce is creating the need for both on-post and off-post infrastructure improvements to the transportation network, utilities, communications, and base support facilities.

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Fort Benning, Georgia

Gate at Fort Benning

Background

The relocation of the U.S. Army Armor Center and School from Fort Knox, Kentucky to Fort Benning, Georgia/Alabama transforms Fort Benning into the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE), becoming the installation that trains more soldiers than any other installation in the U.S. Army. More than half of all initial entry training in the U.S. Army will take place at Fort Benning. With the establishment of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning is one of the Army's major initial entry training installations, training all infantry, armor, and cavalry soldiers in basic and advanced combat skills, as well as airborne soldiers and rangers.

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