Life in the Little Apple
Military Relations
Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA)
With the recent release of the Army’s Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) the Department of Defense began analysis of the potential environmental and socioeconomic impact of end strength reductions of 1,000 or more soldiers and/or civilians at 30 US Army installations, including Fort Riley. 

The worst case scenario is a loss of 16,000 military and civilian personnel from Fort Riley.

•To view the Federal Register and Full SPEA report -
https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-14733

The Army is conducting a 60-day comment period followed by a listening session to receive public input before making any final decisions as to reduction of forces. 

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce urges community members to participate in the 60-day comment period to emphasize the importance of Fort Riley to Manhattan and especially the benefits of Manhattan as a military inclusive community. 

The Chamber in conjunction with the Governor’s Military Council has created a list of talking points, see below, to help you craft your letter in support of Manhattan and Fort Riley.

Please write and send your letter, if you are business owner, feel free to write from that perspective as well as your own personal perspective, no later than Monday, August 25, 2014 via the following contact addresses:

Email:

 Regular mail (post cards or letters acceptable):
 U.S. Army Environmental Command
 ATTN: SPEA Public Comments
 2450 Connell Road (Building 2264)
 Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664

Please contact Janet Nichols, the Chamber’s Military/Community Liaison if you have any questions.

Community Talking Points

For consideration in developing community written comments.

Key Point to Include:  The communities near Fort Riley want to ensure the Fort is strong and viable and to do so in a way that allows the Army to achieve its mission cost effectively.

  • Fort Riley is a critical component of the region’s economy being the largest employer in the area.
  • The region and Fort Riley have benefited by forming strong partnerships in areas such as municipal and emergency services, education (K-12, and post K-12), quality of life programs, and medical services.
  • The region and the state have improved access to Fort Riley by making safety and volume improvements to local highways, and by developing a regional transportation system that includes Fort Riley. 
  • The state and the region have protected the future of Fort Riley by putting into place statutes and systems to ensure only compatible use projects are approved near the Fort.
  • The region has built adequate affordable housing and other facilities and infrastructure to support Fort Riley’s current requirements, and has the ability to rapidly provide additional housing and infrastructure such as parks and recreation facilities, community centers, neighborhood organizations and childcare centers.
  • Kansas was the first state to sign the interstate compact for military children education.
  • The state and region continue to encourage military spouse employment and the transition of veterans into local communities by recognizing professional licenses from other states and military inclusive career transition programming.

 


Janet Nichols
Email
785-776-8829