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Asia-Pacific Pivot Remains Key to Strategy, DOD Official Says

  • August 14, 2014
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The Pentagon remains committed to the military’s rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region despite a number of hot spots in other parts of the world, DOD Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Thursday. “Given the fact that there’s a lot going on in the world, that we’re still making these visits and still having these discussions, speaks volumes about how important we believe the Asia-Pacific theater is …

Starwood Ready to Move Ahead after SouthField Reform Legislation Passes

  • August 14, 2014
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The master developer for former Naval Air Station South Weymouth has a long list of tasks to address after Massachusetts lawmakers this week cleared legislation intended to jumpstart the reuse project located outside of Boston and, at this point, the firm seems eager to get started. “The moment the Senate [passed] the bill, our phones started ringing,” Matthew Barry, vice president of Starwood Land Ventures, told Wicked Local Abington. “There’s a lot of excitement in the market for residential, retail, as well as commercial …

Army Green Lights Ft. Bliss Initiatives to Achieve Net Zero Goals

  • August 14, 2014
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Fort Bliss, Texas, will go ahead with a series of energy, water and solid waste sustainability projects it proposed under the Army’s Net Zero initiative, according to the record of decision published Wednesday in the Federal Register. The projects that can be carried out include: implementation of conservation policies and procedures; development of up to 300 acres for dry-cooled concentrating solar power technology in the South Training Area; construction of a water pipeline onto Ft. Bliss, working with El Paso to reclaim gray water for secondary installation uses; construction and operation of a waste-to-energy plant …

MacDill AFB Job Center Helps Transitioning Airmen Stay in Tampa

  • August 14, 2014
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A new career center at MacDill Air Force Base is offering separating service members assistance with their job search needs as they transition into post-military careers. Its services — including job search assistance, resume review, employer information sessions and recruitment events — also are expected to make it easier for more Air Force veterans to stay in the Tampa area. “Right now, we know that about six out of every 10 who transition out of the military at MacDill end up somewhere else than Tampa,” said Scott DeThomas, the outgoing base commander …

Security Emerging as Critical Issue in Defining ‘Base of the Future’

  • August 14, 2014
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Next month’s Defense Policy Forum is expected to broach a number of pressing issues that will influence changes in how DoD manages its installations in the coming decades, including access, utilization of excess capacity and community-military partnering. One issue that will drive the look of the “Base of the Future” is security. DoD will need to find more flexible models for access so that installations housing intelligence and cyber missions aren’t required to have the same security posture as a facility focused on training new recruits, said Lucian Niemeyer, a former staff member for the Senate Armed Services Committee who will be speaking at the Sept. 15 event in downtown Washington …

Ft. McPherson Sale to Filmmaker Still Has Federal Hurdles to Overcome

  • August 14, 2014
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The LRA for the former Fort McPherson will need to satisfy several concerns from the Army and the Department of Housing and Urban Development before its sale of about two-thirds of the post to filmmaker Tyler Perry for a movie and television production campus can be realized. Before the Army approves the sale of 330 acres of the site located on the southwest edge of Atlanta, the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority will need to demonstrate in its application for an economic development conveyance how Perry’s studio satisfies requirements that the installation will be converted to a use that creates jobs …

El Paso Leaders Paint Dire Economic Picture under Potential Army Troop Cuts

  • August 14, 2014
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The potential loss of 16,000 soldiers and civilians at Fort Bliss as the Army contemplate a second round of personnel cuts would have a devastating impact on El Paso’s economy, a group of local leaders testified Wednesday during a hearing of the Texas House Committee on Defense and Veterans Affairs. The worst case scenario the Army is considering for Bliss could lead to a near 40 percent vacancy in apartment rentals, far worse than what occurred when the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment relocated to Fort Carson in the mid-1990s, testified Rick Soto, executive director of the El Paso Apartment Association. “The numbers are pretty staggering, and would create a domino effect,” said Soto, who estimated a loss of half a billion dollars to the local economy …

Energy Developer Eyes Growth in Military, Commercial Markets

  • August 12, 2014
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The CEO of a Chattanooga, Tenn., energy developer anticipates continued growth in both its wind and solar projects at military installations as all three services are each seeking to obtain 1 gigawatt of energy from renewable sources by 2025. The Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group’s primary markets have been utilities, power cooperatives and others, but because it — along with its sister firm, American Helios Contractors — qualifies for federal small business, veteran and disabled-owned contractor preferences, the developer is looking for more success with DOD …

Army Redirecting Cleanup Funds to Pueblo Depot

  • August 12, 2014
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The Army has shifted $54.5 million in environmental cleanup funds to Pueblo Chemical Depot over the next two years, a move expected to provide a boon to reuse efforts at the portions of the central Colorado facility that have been decommissioned. The funds will push the cleanup budget at the depot to $65.7 million in the coming fiscal year, reported the Pueblo Chieftain. The administration had proposed spending $11.2 million on the cleanup. “This is huge,” said Russell DeSalvo, executive director of Puebloplex …

Focus on Environmental Stewardship Sustains Air Force Installations over the Long-Term

  • August 12, 2014
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Cleaning up contaminated sites and protecting the habitat of threatened and endangered species isn’t just good for the environment, it’s the only way to ensure installations can continue operating for decades to come, according to the Air Force’s installations chief. “The Air Force must have land, air, water and built infrastructure to train and operate today and into the future,” said Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics. “Work we’re doing now in stewardship and remediation, combined with other aspects of installation sustainability, prepare us for emerging ‘over the horizon’ operations that will lead America’s Air Force into the second half of the century …

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