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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

Chairmanship is ‘Thornberry’s to Lose,’ HASC Watcher Says

  • September 28, 2014
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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) appears poised to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, though Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) has left the door open to seek the gavel, too. The current chairman, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), announced in January…

Note from the Editor

  • September 24, 2014
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360 will not be published on Friday. Look for the next issue on Monday, Sept. 29 and enjoy the weekend!

Stakeholders Face Looming Deadlines for South Weymouth Reuse

  • September 24, 2014
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The new board overseeing the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, Mass., along with master developer Starwood Land Ventures, faces a series of deadlines to get the project back on track, according to the first meeting the SouthField Redevelopment Authority held this week. The authority — which replaces the long-standing LRA, the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp. — needs to submit a tax plan for the site to the state by Oct. 15 and renegotiate payment terms for a $12.5 million bond that paid for infrastructure improvements …

Years, Quality of Higher Education Influence Veterans’ Success in Job Market

  • September 24, 2014
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Some of the challenges young veterans face in the civilian labor market can be traced to their lower rates of graduation from community colleges and four-year schools, along with a greater reliance on for-profit colleges, according to a Brookings Institution researcher. Veterans younger than 30 are much less educated than their peers, according to a commentary by Jonathan Rothwell, a fellow at the think tank’s metropolitan policy program. Only 30 percent of veterans aged 25 to 30 have completed an associate’s degree or higher, compared to 44 percent of their non-veteran peers …

Take Your Community to Work Day at Redstone Arsenal

  • September 24, 2014
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A community group dedicated to cultivating local leaders visited Redstone Arsenal last week to provide participants a greater understanding of the installation’s missions and its role in the economy of the Huntsville, Ala., region. “This community has a huge impact on the region and state,” Garrison Commander Col. Bill Marks told the class from Leadership Huntsville/Madison County. “The estimated total number of jobs either directly or indirectly related to Redstone is near 104,000 across the entire Tennessee Valley …

EPA Orders Army to Address Airborne Pollutants outside Ft. Gillem

  • September 24, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday order the Army to take “expedited corrective measures” at the former Fort Gillem located outside of Atlanta, after the service failed to take mitigation measures when its tests revealed toxic vapor in dozens of homes. The Army has collected air samples from 56 homes and businesses surrounding the installation over the summer, and plans to test additional residences. The vapors are believed to stem from groundwater contamination that seeped off of the post …

Authorization Bill Coming in Some Form, Levin Says

  • September 24, 2014
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Congress will pass the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill this year, although it’s unlikely it will occur through regular order with the Senate passing its version before it goes to a House-Senate conference, Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Wednesday. Levin’s comments essentially confirmed that the annual defense policy bill most likely will follow a path similar to the one it went down last year after it stalled in the Senate in November when the two parties failed to reach an agreement over handling amendments …

Joint Use Airport at Sheppard AFB Selected for Military Airport Program

  • September 23, 2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration has selected the joint use airport at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, to participate in the 2014 Military Airport Program for an additional year, the agency announced earlier this month. The airfield at Sheppard also serves as Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, which participated in MAP for the past two years. The airport’s redesignation will allow it to complete the final phase of a terminal rehabilitation project, which will include the purchase and installation of two passenger loading bridges, and the demolition of the existing terminal building …

An Elegy to Fort Ord in Comic Form

  • September 23, 2014
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A new comic about the closure and redevelopment of the former Fort Ord, located on the Monterey Peninsula, accurately evokes the upheaval created when the military shutters a base as well as the overwhelming challenges involved in finding new uses for the aging infrastructure left behind. “Impossible City: The Afterlife of an Army Base,” published on Medium.com by San Francisco artist Andy Warner, also doubles as a succinct way to explain to loved ones or friends the range of issues touched on following a BRAC closure. Michael Houlemard, the Fort Ord Reuse Authority’s executive officer, said the organization has been getting positive feedback about the comic, reports the Monterey Herald. Houlemard is featured prominently in the 35-panel work. The 30-year-old artist said he first came upon the former Army post by accident in 2006. “It always kind of stuck around in my mind,” Warner told the paper.

Military Families Enjoy Moderate Savings at Commissaries in Hampton Roads

  • September 23, 2014
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Military families and veterans shopping at a commissary in Hampton Roads, Va., save an average of 16.5 percent on their groceries compared to shopping at local retailers, according to a survey conducted by the Virginian-Pilot. The average savings differed, though, depending on what supermarket chain was used for comparison. Harris Teeter showed the biggest gap, costing 30.1 percent more for the basket of 30 randomly selected items. Walmart’s prices were only 11.4 percent more expensive than the commissary, and Kroger’s were 13.3 percent higher …

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