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.
Satellite View of Camp Ashland
Camp Ashland Training Site, Nebraska
The Camp Ashland Training Site, encompassing 1,118 acres, is located in eastern Nebraska near the city of Ashland and within the counties of Sarpy and Saunders. The Platte River bisects the site. Camp Ashland provides training facilities for the Nebraska Army National Guard, other military services, and federal and state agencies. Camp Ashland also provides recreational opportunities for retired and active Department of Defense personnel. Major tenants on the training site include the 209th Regional Training Institute, the Recruit Sustainment Program, the Civil Air Patrol, and the Navy Reserves. The site also includes the H.J. Paul Army Airfield and the Fort Mead satellite site, which is primarily used for troop maneuvers
Joint Land Use Study Planning Process
Residential development near the north and east boundaries of the main training site is likely to have a negative impact on current and future training needs. In August 2007, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installation and Housing) nominated Camp Ashland for a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). Communities adjacent to the training site are currently going through the organizational stage—selecting a study sponsor, appointing members to both the JLUS Policy and JLUS Technical Committees, and developing a scope of work for the study effort. The potential study area will include land that falls within the jurisdictions of Sarpy and Saunders counties.