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What is base operations support?

Jan. 21, 2013 - 07:21AM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 21, 2013 - 07:21AM  |  

Base operations support finances the active Army's installation services in the U.S. and overseas. Such funds last year accounted for $7.4 billion in spending, or nearly 6 percent of the Army's budget for noncontingency operations.

Army leaders have instructed commanders to seek a 30 percent reduction in such spending during fiscal 2013, compared with 2012.

Facilities operations: Basic municipal services, such as pest control, garbage collection, engineering services, real property maintenance, grounds maintenance, pavement clearing, grass cutting, fire protection and emergency services, utility costs and water delivery and treatment systems.

Logistics services: Supply operations, dining facility operations, transportation services, maintenance of installation equipment, troop issue subsistence activities, laundry and dry-cleaning services, arrangement for freight and personal property shipments, and the management of government-owned and commercially leased vehicles.

Community services: Support of morale, welfare and recreation programs such as sports and fitness activities, libraries, arts and crafts shops, and such Army Community Services as deployment and mobilization programs, emergency assistance and placement care, the Exceptional Family Member Program, family advocacy, financial readiness assistance, child and youth programs for children four months to 18 years old and lodging in support of temporary duty assignments and permanent change-of-station moves.

Security services: Installation law enforcement, to include Army policy and contract guards, vehicle registration, visitor pass control facilities, communications, lighting and security guard entry control points, vehicle inspection areas, controlled access to sensitive areas and anti-terrorism training.

Environmental programs: Compliance with federal, state, local and host-nation laws and regulations; the management and sustainment of natural and cultural resources, pollution prevention and legally mandated cleanup activities not related to funding under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program or Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Restoration Program.

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Information technology services: Management of installation communications, to include local and long-distance telephone services, and computer networks and services.

Housing services: Promotes the planning, management, coordination and execution of government-owned, leased, contracted and privatized family housing and unaccompanied personnel housing.

Operational mission services: Conduct of airfield operations, to include weather and air traffic control services, terminal management, management of radar, air traffic and navigation systems, and the delivery of port services at Defense Department and commercial seaports.

Command support: The delivery of installation-level public affairs services, legal and military justice support services, financial management, strategic planning, procurement activities, traffic safety, chaplaincy activities, postal services, inspector general activities, contracting services and the operation of installation history offices.

Human resources management: Provides civilian and military personnel services and support systems.

Energy: Provides resources for the Energy Initiatives Task Force, a program for developing technical, business and acquisition strategies to support large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects.

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