- December 22, 2015
2016 is a year of transition, change, and challenges. Our nation’s military installations and the communities that support them have a mission that is more critical than ever.
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The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $574.6 billion fiscal 2017 spending bill that stayed within the budget caps agreed to last fall, an accomplishment touted by the panel’s ranking member. “We built our appropriations bill around the $574 billion that is consistent with the budget agreement,” said Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “It’s remarkable that we have achieved as much as we have without resorting to gimmicks that arbitrarily cut off military operations before the next president takes office,” Durbin said. The bill, which passed the subcommittee by voice vote, would provide $515.9 billion for the base defense budget and $58.6 billion for the overseas contingency operations account …READ MORE
With the prospect of getting more resources from Washington not promising, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general of the Army’s Installation Management Command, says he’ll push for policy changes to better support his agency’s mission. “I don’t need more money and I don’t need more people. I need to change policies,” he said during a visit last month to the Presidio of Monterey, Calif. One change the Army is considering is phasing out single occupancy rooms in barracks as a way to reduce costs …READ MORE
The community support group for Fort Indiantown Gap, a state-owned training site for National Guard and Army Reserve units in Pennsylvania, is distributing a survey as part of an effort to prepare for a possible round of base closures. The Local Defense Group will use the survey to form a strategic plan to highlight the post’s benefits to the community, reported the Central Penn Business Journal. Fort Indiantown Gap is Lebanon County’s largest employer with about 2,000 full-time employees working at the installation. It has an annual economic impact of about $578 million. The Local Defense Group formed last year through a $25,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Its primary aim is to promote the installation’s assets.READ MORE
The Air Force will apply new guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for two groundwater contaminants in its ongoing effort to monitor water supplies at U.S. installations and their host communities, officials said last week. “Protecting human health is our priority,” Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and infrastructure, said in a news release. “When there’s a potential our missions are having, or may have had, an adverse impact on communities, we take appropriate measures to protect it,” Correll said. Currently, the Air Force has tested for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) at 30 bases, with 202 homes showing concentrations that exceed the new guidance levels …READ MORE