Scott Air Force Base

Economy & Innovation
4:02 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Department of Defense Mapping Agency Announces Six Possible Sites For New Facility

Creating maps and models of military targets, such as this model of Osama bin Ladin's complex in Pakistan, is part of what the NGA does.
Credit Natl GEOINT Agency

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has released the location of six sites under consideration for its new facility in the St. Louis region. 

The agency employs about 3,000 people at its current location at 3200 South 2nd St. and Arsenal Street in St. Louis.

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Scott Air Force Base
4:45 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Two Generals Step Up As New Leaders At Scott Air Force Base

This is a file photo from 2011 of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (L) shaking the hand of Gen. William Fraser (C) after Fraser assumed command of United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base. Gen. Paul Selva was appointed head of U.S. Transportation command Monday. Fraser is retiring after 40 years of service.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Two Change of Command ceremonies commemorated new leadership at Scott Air Force Base on Monday.

Gen. Paul Selva now leads U.S. Transportation Command at Scott after Gen. William Fraser’s retirement. Gen. Darren McDew replaces Selva as head of Air Mobility Command.

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Scott Air Force Base
4:50 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Illinois Senators Continue Push To Showcase Scott Air Force Base

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin speak to reporters Tuesday at Scott Air Force Base.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

The Air Force's top civilian official spent Tuesday morning at Scott Air Force Base with Illinois' political leaders. 

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk were among the officials who showed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James around the Metro East military installation. It was the first time James visited the base since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate late last year. Illinois Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern and Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan were also on hand for James' visit.

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Scott Air Force Base
8:34 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Illinois Political Leaders Put Up United Front For Scott Air Force Base

Illinois political leaders -- including U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk -- met with a top Air Force leader on Friday at Scott Air Force Base.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

With big defense cuts on the horizon, Illinois’ federal and state leaders are putting up a united front to protect Scott Air Force Base. 

Both U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk were part of a federal and state delegation meeting with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh. Their meeting at Scott Air Force Base comes as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asked Congress to re-start a base closing commission – or BRAC.

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St. Louis On the Air
8:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Columnist, Military Wife Hopes Her New Book Gives Civilians Insight On Military Life

Terri Barnes
Courtesy of Terri Barnes

Author and columnist Terri Barnes now calls O’Fallon, Ill. home. But that is a recent designation determined by her husband’s transfer to Scott Air Force Base last August. First the daughter and now the wife of a career military man, she estimates O’Fallon is her family's seventeenth hometown.

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Economy & Innovation
11:43 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Scott AFB To Shrink With Pentagon Budget Cuts

The Belleville Gate entrance to Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Ill. (via Wikimedia commons/SSGT CHAD R. GANN, USAF)

Scott Air Force Base was not caught off guard by the smaller defense budget proposed earlier this week. On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hegel gave Congress his $496 billion dollar budget, which calls for cutting the military's size, reducing benefits for troops and scaling back spending on military equipment.

For the Air Force, the new budget means an 8 percent reduction in personnel across the board, a move Scott Air Force Base anticipated.

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Planes and People
10:04 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Business Rundown: Our Military Economy

Boeing's F/A 18 Super Hornet line may be on the chopping block
Credit (Courtesy of Boeing)

We just kicked off a year-long celebration of St. Louis’ 250th anniversary.  As an editor, I had the pleasure of working with Maria Altman on her audio Valentine to the city. If you haven’t heard the piece yet, you should definitely take a listen; it’s very fun and uplifting.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:49 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Task Force Seeks To Position Scott Air Force Base To Thrive Even After Defense Budget Cuts

The KC-135 is an aerial refueling tanker. The aircraft is critical to the operations at Scott Air Force Base.
(via Flickr/KurtClark)

Although sequestration could soon be at an end if President Obama signs the compromise budget into law as expected, the Department of Defense is still facing budget cuts. And another round of Base Realignments and Closings (BRAC) is expected in a few years. That puts Scott Air Force Base in a potentially precarious position.

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Federal Shutdown
1:07 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Furloughed Civilian Workers Return To Work At Scott Air Force Base

The Belleville Gate entrance to Scott Air Force Base.
(via Wikimedia commons/SSGT CHAD R. GANN, USAF)

Civilian workers returned to Scott Air Force Base today after almost a week on furlough because of the government shutdown. Their return was a result of a Department of Defense ruling that civilian workers whose mission contributes to “the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members” could return to the job with pay. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Joint Center At Scott AFB Helps Protect Against Persistent Cyberattacks

USTRANSCOM provides operational command and control for its service components.
(Courtesy: USTRANSCOM)

Cybersecurity is especially vital to the nation's military. Last year U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base formed the Joint Cyber Center "in recognition of cyberspace as a warfighting domain. "

Colonel Tom Clancy is Chief of the Joint Cyber Center at Scott Air Force Base. He said that during routine sweeps in 2011, more than 44,000 "attempted accesses to systems" at U.S. Transportation Command were discovered. That number quadrupled in 2012.  

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