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Community and State Leaders Rally to Protect Scott AFB

  • March 23, 2014
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A coalition of local leaders and state officials backing Scott Air Force Base, led by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), met with General Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, in an effort to persuade the General of the base’s importance to national defense. Scott Air Force Base, located in southwestern Illinois, employs 13,000 uniformed and civilian workers and represents a large economic engine for the local economy, contributing $2.5 billion dollars annually to the region…

State Extends Jobs Program from National Guard to all Components

  • March 20, 2014
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South Carolina is expanding a jobs program originally aimed at helping National Guard members find employment to all transitioning service members. Operation Palmetto Employment has helped more than 1,800 National Guard members find work since it was launched in October 2011, cutting the unemployment rate for those service members from 16 percent to 4 percent. The initiative previously received a $750,000 grant from DOD …

Air Force Creates Online Database for Environmental Cleanup Records

  • March 20, 2014
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Details about the progress of an Air Force installation’s environmental cleanup are now available online to the public, saving interested residents a trip to the base or local library. The database includes the administrative records for more than 170 active and closed installations in the continental United States, according to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC). The database includes a variety of documents, including records of decision, engineering and cost evaluations, site inspection reports, state closure documents, and other documentation as dictated by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. AFCEC spent three years converting existing installation documents into electronic files and developing a database for centralized storage. Officials at each installation now will be responsible for maintaining the files that make up the administrative record.

Navy Faces Tough Decisions with Budget Shortfalls

  • March 20, 2014
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Faced with sequestration cuts, the Navy and Marine Corps have been forced to choose between support operations, maintenance, and readiness, Navy leaders testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, March 12.Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert voiced his concern over sequestration…

Some House Members Shift Perspectives on BRAC

  • March 20, 2014
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Congress will vote to approve a new round of BRAC in the near future, according to a vocal member of the House Armed Services Committee, who commented on Tuesday. Asked about when and if BRAC would pass, Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) said…

Senate Defense Subcommittees Schedule NDAA Markups for Open Session

  • March 20, 2014
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Four of the six Senate Armed Services Subcommittees will hold markups of the 2015 Defense authorization bill in open session, an increase over three subcommittees last year, according to the committee’s schedule.This year, the Emerging Threats subcommittee joins the Readiness, Airland and Personnel subcommittees in holding markup in an open session…

McCaskill Wants More Vets Jobs, Workforce Act Renewal

  • March 19, 2014
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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) joined with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and local veterans Tuesday to request that Congress renew the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the expired law that authorizes job training programs…

Penrose Joins ADC Board

  • March 19, 2014
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Dan Penrose, Program Manager of the South Sound Military Community Partnership, a regional organization supporting Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the state of Washington, has been elected to the ADC Board of Directors…

Personnel Praise Enhanced Transition Assistance Program

  • March 19, 2014
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Transition GPS, DOD’s new week-long workforce transition curriculum is a marked improvement over the previous program, according to feedback from service members. “We have received very positive reviews from the service members,” Susan Kelly, director of DOD’s Transition to Veterans Program office, told American Forces Press Service last week. “They’re telling us they’ll use the content to prepare for transition, use it after they separate, [and] they know how to access resources they’re going to need before and after they separate …

Air Force Announces Plan to Remediate Contaminated Sites at Hill AFB

  • March 19, 2014
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The Air Force has released details for its environmental remediation plan for Hill AFB in Ogden, UT. The plan covers three inactive ‘Military Munitions Response Program’ sites, including a munitions dump, powder burning pit and an outdoor small arms firing range, according to Standard-Examiner…

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