• VA Initiative to Expand Employment, Education Opportunities at the Community Level

    VA Initiative to Expand Employment, Education Opportunities at the Community Level0

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is doubling the number of communities it will include in a program that aims to increase education and employment opportunities for veterans by promoting collaboration among local organi­zations that serve transitioning service members, veterans and their families. After launching the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) in 25 communities in May, the agency will add 25 new communities to the program.

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  • Impact of Restructuring on Civilian Workforce Unclear, Army Says1

    The Army no longer is certain how many civilian positions will be eliminated over the next several years as a result of its latest round of restructuring that is slated to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers. In July when officials outlined the impact by installation of the force reductions that would be carried out by the end of fiscal 2018, they said the cuts in military personnel would be accompanied by a reduction of 17,000 Army civilians over the same timeframe. A breakdown of how those reductions would be allocated to individual installations was scheduled to be released last month. But now the Army is acknowledging it still is trying to figure out how trimming its active-duty forces and uncertainty in its budget will come together to dictate changes in its civilian workforce …

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  • Policy Bill Provides Chance for Reprieve for Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing0

    Conferees included language in the compromise version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill that possibly could slow the Air Force’s plan to deactivate the 440th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field. The wing’s C-130H cargo aircraft could not be relocated from the North Carolina post until the service secretaries and chiefs of staff for the Army and Air Force certified that national security and the readiness of the Global Response Force would not be jeopardized following the unit’s closure, reported the Fayetteville Observer. Those leaders would be required to consult with commanders of the 18th Airborne Corps, Army Special Operations Command and the 82nd Airborne Division, which account for the bulk of paratroopers at Fort Bragg …

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