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Army Research In Los Alamitos

A team from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., will be conducting a sensor technology project at Los Alamitos Army Airfield (LAAAF) for several weeks beginning June 7th.
The team will be collecting coastal fog data only on nights when fog is most prevalent, at which times it may be necessary to initiate operations during the late night or early morning hours
to accomplish their mission.
Late night or early morning operations are not expected to exceed one hour and will be conducted using one UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on the LAAAF ramp with its engine operating
or at a low hover. Aircraft will not be operating in the traffic pattern or over any residential areas.
As always, efforts will be taken to minimize inconvenience to our neighbors.
For additional information, contact Col. (CA) Richard Lalor at 562-795-2096 (office), 626- 733-1170 (mobile), or via email at
This article was released by the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.

California Governer's Military Council Feed


Welcome to the Governor's Military Council

California is a proud host to our nation's military.

California is home to more than 30 federal military installations that are vital to our national security and the United States Department of Defense directly employs more than 236,000 people in California.

In an effort to protect and expand the military's vital role in national security and California's economy, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. established the Governor's Military Council and appointed former Congresswoman

and Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher as chair. The Governor's Military Council works to protect California's military installations and operations amid ongoing United States Department of Defense budget cuts,

and leverage changes in federal military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission.

California also hosts other partners that strengthen national security. The U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies secure our state's borders. National laboratories here in

California are breaking new ground on national defense technologies. Aerospace companies are developing promising new technologies such as Remotely Piloted Vehicles. The diverse network of land,

air and sea ranges enable critical training and technology development for our nation's military.

The Council helps position California to maintain and grow military operations in the state, providing insight and recommendations to state leaders who are developing a strategy to support and grow military operations

in the Golden State. As federal leaders consider cuts and realignment of federal military operations, the Council also articulates the unique military value of California's diverse network of installations, and of the

Californians and businesses that support them. The Council also supports the efforts of local and regional organizations to improve partnerships with military installations in their communities.

Recent News and Updates

Joint Forces Training Base to initiate major solar energy project (4-21-2017)

The California Army National Guard is presently conducting an environmental assessment (EA) at Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) in Los Alamitos to address potential effects associated with installing and operating a solar panel-based renewable energy generation facility (REGF) on the installation.

The proposed solar project – projected to begin in May or June 2018 – is part of the U.S. Army’s implementation of its Energy, Security and Sustainment (ES2) Strategy. A key component of that strategy is to provide secure sources of energy at strategically located installations across the country.

Read more here.

Key local leaders receive Air Force Space Command award (4-6-2017)

Key South Bay area civic leaders received an award from Air Force Space Command commander Gen. Jay Raymond during a ceremony here Feb. 15.

The South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce (SBACC) was named the recipient of the 2016 AFSPC Community Support Award for their outstanding support of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s mission at Los Angeles AFB.

The award, sponsored by the Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council, recognizes the community that provided the most significant impact to mission and installation needs in supporting an Air Force Space Command base.

Read more here.

Edwards schools secure $63.5 million DOD grant to modernize (4-6-2017)

The future just got brighter for Edwards Air Force Base schools thanks to a $63.5 million Department of Defense grant that was approved last week.

The grant will go to the Muroc Joint Unified School District, which oversees schools at Edwards. The amount is for $63,583,420 and will fund the first of two phases to modernize or replace school facilities on base.

"Our military families sacrifice a great deal to support our nation, so our school-age children and their educational facilities are one of my top family priorities,” said Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander. “This investment in our elementary school is a result of a great deal of hard work between the Muroc Joint Unified School District, congress, the Air Force and the Department of Defense.”

Read more here.

How San Diego can lead America in cyberwarfare innovation (4-6-2017)

When I joined the Navy in 1970, the projection of Naval sea power was all about strategies to deploy Marines, ships, submarines and aircraft above, below, and on the sea. Today, there’s a new complication — cybersecurity — as data has become weaponized and hackers seek to attack all manner of targets — companies, cities, nations, even the ships where I once worked.

At the same time, cyber attackers, and their rising diversity and sophistication, offer an opportunity to innovate and grow new markets. You can see what that looks like in San Diego, where I live and work.

Read more here.

Janet Nguyen, colleagues announce legislation to aid military veterans (3-30-2017)

As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and the Governor’s Military Council, Senator Janet Nguyen was proud to host a press conference at the State Capitol to announce Senate and Assembly bills designed to aid California’s Military Veterans. Joining her for this important announcement were Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller, Senate Republican Leader-Elect Patricia Bates, Senator Jim Nielsen, Senator Andy Vidak and Assemblyman Randy Voepel, as well as representatives from the American Legion, National Guard Association of California, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America, California State Commanders Veterans Council, and the Women’s Veterans Alliance.

Read more here.

Beale AFB Takes in California Flood Threat Evacuees (2-13-2017)

Beale Air Force Base in northern California was sheltering several hundred evacuees from the Lake Oroville flood threat Monday, and the entire California National Guard has been put on alert as the military gears up for an emergency response.

The base opened its gates to evacuees from local communities Sunday night, and by Monday was caring for more than 400 people. "This was an immediate and emergency action to support a portion of the 180,000 evacuees of the Oroville Dam emergency situation," the base said in a release.

"Team Beale understands the hardships many are enduring during this crisis, and we want to offer all of the aid we can," it said in a Facebook post.

Read more here.

NAS Lemoore’s game changer (1-25-2017)

LEMOORE - Called a game changer and the most advanced generation airplane, the F-35C Lightning II is the Navy's newest fighter jet.

After years of development, the strike fighters now call Lemoore Naval Air Station home.

The F-35C planes landed in Lemoore for the first time on Wednesday as they were introduced to the base and the West Coast.

“What a great day for aviation, and really for the Lemoore community,” said Naval Air Forces Commander Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker. “We’re introducing – no kidding – game-changing fifth generation capabilities.”

Read more here.

Navy's West Coast air base is getting its first F-35C fighter jets (1-20-2017)

FRESNO - The first F-35C fighter jets to be based at Lemoore Naval Air Station, the Navy's West Coast air base, will arrive next week, the Navy said.

Four are to arrive Wednesday morning.

To mark the event, an arrival ceremony will be held at which Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet naval air forces, will speak.

The jets will join the recently reactivated VFA-125 squadron, which will serve as the West Coast fleet replacement squadron for the F-35C, also known as the F-35C Lightning II. The squadron will train pilots and personnel. When at full strength, the fleet replacement squadron is forecast to bring an estimated $36 million annual payroll to the region, said John Lehn, CEO of the Kings County Economic Development Corp.

"It's economic activity," he said. "It's always helpful."

Read more here.


Council Meetings

The Governor's Military council holds regularly scheduled public meetings where members meet to discuss and vote on various issues.

Meeting materials will be posted at least 10 days prior to the meeting.

In the Spotlight

Federal and State
Veterans' Employment Resources

as Compiled by the Governor's Military Council

Nearly 2 million veterans call California home. Many benefits and services available to California veterans have been expanded and improved in the past decade. This document provides information to veterans of every era regarding employment benefits and services in the state. The Governor's Military Council encourages veterans and veteran families to use this resource and take full advantage of the benefits and services they so richly deserve.

California Advisory Handbook
for Community and Military Compatibility Planning

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Update to the California Advisory Handbook for Community and Military Compatibility Planning. The handbook provides guidance to local governments, the military, developers, and landowners on how to address land use activities near military installations and activities.

8th Annual SDMAC
Military Economic Impact Study

The relationship and synergy between the military and the San Diego Region is exemplary, of mutual benefit, and serves as the model for the rest of the nation. The San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) is proud to present the 8th Annual Military Economic Impact Study (MEIS) to accurately and credibly document the military’s contribution to the economy of the San Diego Region.

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