• Industry Expresses Interest in Operating Commissaries

    Industry Expresses Interest in Operating Commissaries0

    Pentagon officials are mulling the next steps in their exploration of whether the operation of military groceries could be privatized, after a number of companies expressed interest in taking over some or all aspects of the commissary system. “We have a significant response. It’s enough of a response that we think that a real evaluation of what we’ve got is needed, but it’s going to be a thoughtful and considered process,” Peter Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told the Military Times. “The thing we need to do is assess the information we’ve gotten, determine whether it’s enough to proceed to the next step,” Levine said. The next step presumably would be a formal request for proposals for a possible contract, according to the story …

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  • AAFES Adds Dining, Retail Options at Ft. Bragg

    AAFES Adds Dining, Retail Options at Ft. Bragg0

    Fort Bragg is gaining a host of new dining options and other retail outlets as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) opens a new food court and mall at the post located outside of Fayetteville, N.C. Additional retail development is on the way, with projects planned for newer parts of Fort Bragg, including a large entertainment complex with a dine-in movie theater, reports the Fayetteville Observer. “It’s another phase of AAFES supporting the installation,” said Command Sgt. Maj. John Cervenka, the garrison’s senior enlisted leader. “It’s a great thing …

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  • Air Force, State to Collaborate on Development of Park City Resort

    Air Force, State to Collaborate on Development of Park City Resort0

    The Air Force and the Utah Military Installation Development Authority plan to develop a four-star hotel near Park City’s ski resorts for use by members of all four services as well as the public. “The goal is to provide a world-class recreational opportunity for our service members and their families,” said David Williamsen, chief of the enhanced use lease office at Hill Air Force Base. The Air Force had been searching for a site for 14 years and finally settled on a location after Wells Fargo offered to donate 6 acres. MIDA hopes to complete the transfer by Sept. 1 …

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  • Ft. Hood Housing Project Open to Area Residents

    Ft. Hood Housing Project Open to Area Residents0

    The Army’s housing partner at Fort Hood is offering vacant homes to all renters, including those with no ties to the military, as the occupancy rate for the central Texas post’s family housing project has ticked down in recent years.
    Currently, the occupancy rate for housing at Fort Hood is 88 percent for its 5,552 homes. “Our occupancy has been in the high 90s percentile for years, but has dipped down to the point where we’re offering it to other people,” said Brian Dosa, Fort Hood’s director of public works …

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  • General Atomics Opens UAS Training Academy at Grand Forks AFB

    General Atomics Opens UAS Training Academy at Grand Forks AFB0

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) last month conducted its first unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight at its new UAS Flight Training Academy at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., marking a major advance for the Grand Sky UAS business and aviation park. Elected officials joined leaders from GA-ASI, the Air Force and Grand Sky last week to celebrate the launch of Predator A. “This first flight represents a significant milestone for our new training academy, further demonstrating our company’s capability to conduct UAS training operations safely and seamlessly within the National Airspace System,” said David Alexander, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI …

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  • New Construction, Renovations under Way in Ft. Hood’s Residential Neighborhoods

    New Construction, Renovations under Way in Ft. Hood’s Residential Neighborhoods0

    Major renovations and other construction projects are under way in the residential neighborhoods at Fort Hood. Lendlease Public Partnerships, the Army’s housing partner at the central Texas post, has begun constructing 64 new, single-family homes in the North Wainwright neighborhood that are slated to be complete in early fall of 2017. Fort Hood Family Housing has started preparing to convert 136 duplex-style homes in the West Chaffee neighborhood into 68 single-family homes, and perform neighborhood utility infrastructure upgrades …

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