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Joint Basing

What is it?
Recommendation 146 in the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005, directed implementation of Joint basing. The purpose is to gain efficiencies and garner potential savings by consolidating installation management functions under a lead Service. Joint bases either share a common boundary or are in near proximity to each other.

The lead Service at a Joint base becomes responsible for providing all installation support at the base. To ensure the lead Service is resourced to meet this obligation, the supported Service will transfer its installation support resources to the lead Service. This includes total obligation authority (TOA), real property, and civilian personnel performing installation support functions.

Initial operational capability (IOC) marks the stand-up of the Joint base, and begins the transition period to full operational capability (FOC). During IOC, the Joint base commander (JBC) is responsible for providing all transferred installation management functions to the Joint base; for those functions not yet transferred, the JBC is the coordinating authority working through the existing organizational and command structures of the installations forming the Joint base. Full operational capability completes the transition and is marked by the transfer of TOA, real property, and civilian personnel performing installation support functions.

The Army is the lead for two Joint bases: Fort Myer, Virginia and Fort Lewis, Washington.

What has the Army done?
The Army, working with the Navy, Marines, Air Force, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), created common output level standards (COLS) which standardized installation support across the Joint bases. The COLS are the first building block of OSD's common delivery of installation support (CDIS) framework which seeks to standardize installation support across all Service components. The COLS ensure that although each Service is uniquely organized, Soldiers and their Families will receive the same world-class support at any Joint base.

The Army remains committed to providing high quality support to its people. To that end, it continues to operate its privatized housing operations and ensures that Army Family Covenant programs are provided to Soldiers, and their Families at all Joint bases.

The Army created Army Support Activities (ASA) to perform mission functions that do not transfer to the Joint base organizational structure. Examples include tactical equipment maintenance, certain information management functions, and other elements based on the unique local Army missions and needs.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
In 2009, the Army will stand-up Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (Army lead) and begin transfer of TOA, real property, and civilian personnel performing installation support functions for Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (Navy lead), and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Air Force lead). The Army will also complete planning for four additional Joint bases scheduled to stand up in 2010.

Additionally, the Army will work with OSD and the other Services to encourage adoption of the Army Family Covenant, an Army best practice, into COLS. This further standardizes the support provided to military members and their Families across all Joint bases. Currently Soldiers and their Families are only guaranteed this level of support at Army bases.

Why is this important to the Army?
Seven Army installations, with more than 166,000 Soldiers, their Families, and Civilians, are impacted by Joint basing. The Army continues to ensure mission continuity and identify and capitalize on efficiencies while providing first class support to all Soldiers and their Families at all Joint bases through Army Family Covenant programs.

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