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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.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Fort Lewis' Madigan Army Medical Center

Background

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) has and will continue to experience significant changes in mission, management, and population due to the 2005 round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions, which joined the former Fort Lewis Base with McChord Air Force Base. Additional growth has resulted from Grow the Army, Army Modular Force initiatives, and Global Defense Posture Review. These actions added more than 15,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel to the region between 2003 and 2010, with an additional 2,000 personnel projected by 2016. JBLM is now the largest military installation on the west coast of the United States.

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Joint Base San Antonio, Texas

Clock tower at Fort Sam Houston

Background

Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) is the result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) action that joined the separate installation management activities of Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), and Randolph Air Force Base to form JBSA. Resulting from BRAC 2005, Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston and Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB merged to become the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston. The Headquarters Fifth Army is now Northern Command's land component headquarters for homeland defense of the continental US.

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Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia

Marine Memorial at front gate of MCB Quantico

Background

Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico is located approximately 35 miles south of Washington, D.C. The local jurisdictions adjacent to the installation include Prince William County to the north, Fauquier County to the west and Stafford County to the south. The Potomac River forms a majority of the eastern boundary. Interstate95 (I-95) and U.S. Highway 1, major north-south transportation corridors, bisect the installation through Prince William and Stafford Counties.

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MCB Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River, MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina

Map of Camp Lejeune, New River, and Cherry Point

Background

Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River are located in Onslow County and near the City of Jacksonville. MCAS Cherry Point is located 50 miles east-northeast of MCB Camp Lejeune in the City of Havelock. This region of North Carolina has experienced significant military growth resulting from the following Department of Defense actions that began in 2007: the establishment of the Marine Corps Special Operation Command at MCB Camp Lejeune and the Marine Corps Grow the Forces Initiative. These actions have resulted in a net gain of more than 14,000 new military and civilian jobs across the three installations and within the eastern region.

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Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

Office of Economic Adjustment Seal

Background

Redstone Arsenal is a 38,000-acre Federal installation for research, engineering, development, training, logistics, procurement, and testing for a variety of Federal agencies. More than 36,000 people work on the Arsenal for more than 55 major organizations. The primary tenant on the Arsenal is the U.S. Army. Redstone Arsenal is the center of Army missile, aviation, and missile defense program offices, and research and development (R&D) centers. The majority of the workforce is composed of highly educated civil servants and contractors. The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 decisions resulted in the realignment of seven different entities to Redstone Arsenal. The moves brought an additional 4,651 new jobs to the Arsenal and an even greater number of additional defense contractor support jobs to the region. The arrival of new organizations position Redstone Arsenal as the major center for Army materiel management and missile defense.

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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Background

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda (WRNMMC-Bethesda), formerly the National Naval Medical Center, is the premier Department of Defense (DoD) medical center offering intensive and complex specialty and sub-specialty medical services for the most seriously injured personnel from all military services. WRNMMC-Bethesda is located on the 243-acre Naval Support Activity Bethesda campus with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) located across the street.

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