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Nine Openings Available in FAA’s Military Airport Program

  • October 23, 2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration’s fiscal 2015 Military Airport Program, a valuable source of capital funding for former military airfields and joint use airports, has nine slots available for new participants or existing participants eligible for redesignation. None of the open slots, however, are available for general aviation airports, according to the Oct. 23 Federal Register notice. The program allows participating airports to receive grants from the Airport Improvement Program …

DOT Awards $1M to Community Colleges to Train Veterans as Commercial Drivers

  • October 23, 2014
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The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges to train military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The schools will use the funds to recruit, train and provide students job placement assistance after graduation. The grants will provide training for nearly 400 new students, according to the agency’s press release. “Those that we entrust to protect and serve our nation deserve opportunities that utilize the skills and training they received on the job on military bases overseas and at home,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx …

Pentagon Likely to Conduct Study of Excess Capacity

  • October 22, 2014
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DOD may study the need for additional base closures even if language in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill calling for a comprehensive assessment of excess infrastructure is stripped from the conference report, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, said Wednesday. “Even if it doesn’t end up in the final version, I think it’s a signal that we can go ahead and do a capacity analysis at a parametric level,” Conger told CQ. “It’s not a bad thing to have those numbers,” he said. The bill language directs DOD to compare 20-year force structure plans for each of the services with an inventory of their installations to determine the level of excess infrastructure throughout the department …

Joint Use Wastewater Treatment Plant Supports Ellsworth AFB

  • October 22, 2014
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A $23 million wastewater treatment plant financed by the state is up and running in west central South Dakota and helping sustain growth at Ellsworth Air Force Base. The plant, which opened last month, is the product of a collaboration among the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority, the city of Box Elder and Ellsworth. Both the base and Box Elder needed additional wastewater treatment capacity, a requirement which the development authority was uniquely positioned to address …

Microgrids Prove Key as Installations Advance toward Energy Security Goals

  • October 22, 2014
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Construction of a microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., linking a system of small power plants, solar panels, batteries and diesel generators soon will enable the Mojave Desert base to operate independently of Southern California Edison in an emergency. The installation already is saving $10 million a year in energy costs. Workers started by adding a small generating plant, and then added solar panels and batteries. The base finished construction of a second generating plant this summer. Officials believe they soon will be able to generate about 80 percent of the base’s power needs …

Alabama Installations Are Ready for BRAC, Lt. Governor Declares

  • October 22, 2014
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After touring flight simulators and other facilities at Fort Rucker this week, Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey said she was confident state and local officials have taken the necessary steps to protect the installation from a prospective round of base closures. “We just don’t know when that is coming. But the name of the game is to be prepared in advance because when the call comes, it is too late to start preparing,” Ivey said. “We are prepared here at Fort Rucker.” She cited several steps the state has taken to position Fort Rucker to survive the next BRAC …

Connecticut Town to Conduct Land Use Study for National Guard Facility

  • October 22, 2014
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The town of East Lyme, Conn., is moving ahead with a joint land use study intended to ensure land uses in communities surrounding Stones Ranch Military Reservation remain compatible with the training facility. Stones Ranch encompasses nearly 2,000 acres of land managed by the Connecticut Army National Guard in East Lyme, Old Lyme and Lyme. Old Lyme will be one of the partners participating in the study, which also will analyze Camp Niantic; Lyme will not participate in the study, however …

Army Plans for Prospect of Additional Growth at Fort Belvoir

  • October 21, 2014
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Officials at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia — which already ballooned to a population of 40,000 following the last round of base closures — now are planning for the possibility of additional growth that could take its population up to 56,700 workers by 2030. The planning exercise comes as the Army finishes updating the post’s 1993 master plan, a document that will guide development and transportation improvements over the next two to three decades, reports the Washington Business Journal. And while local officials embrace the prospect of further growth in Fairfax County, just as they did as new missions started to arrive in the aftermath of BRAC 2005, they are equally concerned about the impact on traffic …

Air Force Proposes Expanding Utah Range to Prevent Encroachment

  • October 21, 2014
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The Air Force needs to add about 700,000 acres around the perimeter of the Utah Test and Training Range to protect F-35 flight training from potential encroachment, officials told about 50 residents at a public meeting Monday in western Utah. “If someone puts a wind farm there, I’m done testing,” Chris Robinson, the range’s director of operations, said while pointing to a map of the proposed expansion area. A wind farm would obstruct the airspace around the range and create electronic interference …

Can Base Redevelopment Projects Attract Young Entrepreneurs?

  • October 21, 2014
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When it comes to site selection, the next generation of entrepreneurs is looking for a set of attributes much different than their parents were. Millennials are placing a much greater emphasis on accessible work locations with plenty of live and play options. That means a focus on amenities such shopping and eating, and outdoor spaces for recreation. Next month’s 2014 Base Redevelopment Forum in San Francisco will feature a special session on the needs of young entrepreneurs designed to help local redevelopment authorities better prepare and market their properties …

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