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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.

Fort Meade, Maryland

Main Entrance at Fort Meade

Background

Fort George G. Meade, a 5,500-acre Army installation located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, has become the country's epicenter of cyber security and information assurance operations serving the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Virtually equidistant to both the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas, Fort Meade is located in the heart of the nation's fourth largest marketplace and currently contributes more than $18 billion a year to Maryland's economy. The Fort Meade region includes eight counties and two cities in Maryland, respectively: Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince George’s, Baltimore, Carroll, Montgomery, Queen Anne's, and Talbot Counties and the cities of Laurel and Baltimore. The Fort Meade Regional Growth Management Committee, representing these jurisdictions and five defense organizations, has been working to identify and resolve issues associated with mission growth.

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Fort Polk, Louisiana

Fort Polk

Background

Due to the Grow the Army initiative, Fort Polk is expected to gain an additional 2,442 soldiers through fiscal year (FY) 2013. The soldiers will be accompanied by an estimated 6,398 family members. These Army units will generate the need for additional contractors and construction. The neighboring community and the installation are working closely to identify and mitigate the impacts resulting from the growth. The arrival of new families, soldiers, and supporting contractors will not only impact Fort Polk, but the nearby town of Leesville its host parish of Vernon, and other bordering parishes.

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Fort Riley, Kansas

Old Bill at Fort Riley

Background

Fort Riley encompasses 100,656 acres within Riley and Geary Counties in Kansas. The September 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission "Report to the President" (Commission Report) approved the Department of Defense's recommendation to realign Fort Riley's mission by relocating the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters and numerous other Divisional units to Fort Riley and activating a Brigade Combat Team. These BRAC actions resulted in a net increase of 4,415 direct positions (2,415 military and 334 civilian) at Fort Riley. In addition to BRAC, Fort Riley also saw increases due to ongoing Department of the Army Transformation and Global Defense Posture realignment (GDPR), for a total increase of 9,529 military personnel and 2,000 civilian employees.

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Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Artillery Firepower at Fort Sill

Background

Fort Sill is the home of the Fires Center of Excellence, comprising the U.S. Army Field Artillery School and the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery (ADA) School. Mission expansion of the Fires Center of Excellence, which includes the relocation of the ADA School to Fort Sill has resulted in unprecedented growth in the region due to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission decisions. The ADA school, along with an expanded Fires Center of Excellence, is likely to usher in a new era of growth for the post, and with it, new challenges and opportunities for the local communities within southwest Oklahoma.

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Fort Stewart, Georgia

Office of Economic Adjustment Seal

Background

Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia are the home of the 3rd Infantry Division, and combine to be the Army's premier power projection platform on the Atlantic Coast with unique operations and assets. The combined 284,923 acres make it the largest base east of the Mississippi River. The region has experienced consistent historical growth, which is expected to continue as projections predict 50 percent growth over the next 20 years. The Army projects continued growth of military personnel at Fort Stewart from 21,424 to 25,910 by 2013. Increases in troop strength and training levels - in addition to the projected population growth - could generate encroachment-related conflicts around the Army post and sprawled development patterns in the surrounding communities, resulting in the need for good land use planning.

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Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington, Maryland

Aerial View of JB Andrews Naval Air Facility (Google)

Background

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, Vice President, other senior U.S. leaders, and foreign heads of state. The installation is the home of the 89th Airlift Wing, whose missions include the operation of Air Force One, and more than 60 separate organizations from the Air National Guard, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air Force District Washington Headquarters. In response to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision, 2,700 personnel recently relocated to Joint Base Andrews.

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