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Quality-of-Life Milcon Projects Shortchanged in Budget, Appropriators Point Out

  • December 23, 2014
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Cuts in the services’ military construction budgets to free up funds for operational readiness are placing the needs of service members in peril as essential quality-of-life milcon requirements such as child development centers, physical fitness facilities and troop housing are going unfulfilled, according to the House and Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittees. “Deferral of needed QOL [quality-of-life] investment can adversely impact troop readiness and jeopardize the health and safety of service members,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the FY 2015 omnibus spending bill signed into law last week by the president …

Independent Commission to Consider Army Size, Force Mix under Authorization Bill

  • December 23, 2014
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An independent commission will make recommendations regarding the proper end strength of the Army and mix between its active and reserve components by Feb. 1, 2016, under the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill President Obama signed the into law last week. H.R. 3979 follows language in the House and Senate Armed Services versions of the annual policy bill calling for an eight-member National Commission on the Future of the Army. The members are slated to be appointed by the president and Congress within 90 days …

Local Officials Confident about Future of Malmstrom AFB

  • December 23, 2014
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Officials in Great Falls, Mont., are confident that Malmstrom Air Force Base will remain a key component of the region’s economy, given the importance of the installation’s nuclear weapons mission. The base is deactivating some nuclear missiles next year, but that is not expected to translate into a loss of personnel or duties, reported the Billings Gazette. Officials say Malmstrom’s mission is expected to remain a vital part of national security for at least 15 years …

Connecticut Governor Reappoints Bob Ross as Military Affairs Director

  • December 22, 2014
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Monday said he would reappoint Bob Ross as executive director of the state’s Office of Military Affairs at the beginning of his second term in office next month. Ross has been at the helm of OMA since 2009, when he was appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. As executive director, Ross supports Connecticut’s military families, advocates for Connecticut’s defense industries, coordinates efforts to prevent the closure or downsizing of Naval Submarine Base New London, encourages the retention of established military missions and the relocation of new ones to the state, and serves as a liaison to the state’s congressional delegation on defense issues …

DLA Issues Renewable Energy RFP for East Coast Installations

  • December 22, 2014
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The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy issued requests for proposal last week for the purchase of renewable energy to serve two major load points, one for seven Navy installations in the Washington, D.C., area, and the second for four Navy installations in the mid-Atlantic region. Together the two RFPs could result in the award of 100 to 200 megawatts of electricity from new generation facilities over a 20-year period, reported the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office. “Strategically placed renewable energy can create reliable access to energy for DON [Navy] installations and provide a myriad of benefits to the surrounding communities,” said Robert Griffin, executive director of the Renewable Energy Program Office …

Editor’s Note

  • December 22, 2014
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360 will be taking the rest of the year off. Have a safe and joyous holiday, and even happier new year! Look for the next edition of 360 on Jan. 6.

Budget Constraints Squeeze Funding for Road Improvements at Growth Bases

  • December 21, 2014
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Transportation requirements at a number of installations, including needs both on-base and outside the gates, are not being met due to severe constraints in military construction funding, according to the House and Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittees. “This problem is particularly acute on growth installations that serve as host commands for a variety of military departments,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the FY 2015 omnibus spending bill signed into law last week by the president …

Defense Bill Eliminates Army’s Authority to Shutter Arsenals

  • December 21, 2014
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The Army secretary no longer can rely on a pre-Civil War authority to close arsenals without congressional approval, after President Obama signed the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill into law last week. The provision, originally part of the version of the legislation passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, eliminates the ability of the secretary of the Army to close any arsenal considered unnecessary. The Army has five arsenals: Picatinny, N.J.; Redstone, Ala.; Rock Island, Ill.; Rocky Mountain, Colo.; and Watervliet, N.Y. …

McCain Offers Reassurances about Role of Arizona Installations

  • December 21, 2014
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Following visits to four installations in his state last week, Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) expressed confidence they would enjoy bright futures. McCain, the incoming chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Fort Huachuca represents a key asset because of its military intelligence mission and training facility for drone operations, reported Stars and Stripes. “Frankly I see nothing but expansion for Fort Huachuca in the future because of the type of warfare that we are engaged in against radical Islam, ISIS and al-Qaida …

Fort Monroe LRA Negotiates Property Transfers with Army, Park Service

  • December 21, 2014
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The Fort Monroe Authority is in the midst of negotiations with the Army over how much it will pay for a portion of the property that did not automatically revert to the commonwealth of Virginia after the post was closed. The Army is insisting the state pay for parts built up after the two signed the reversion clause in the 1830s, including the marina and land Army engineers constructed along Mill Creek, reported the Daily Press. On Thursday, the authority’s board indicated they “support the compromise” under discussion …

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