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Obama Stops at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

  • December 15, 2014
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While President Obama on Monday thanked U.S. troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., for supporting the fight against both Ebola in West Africa and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, discussions about the installation and the looming threat of base closure lurked in the background. “This is one of our nation’s premier joint military bases,” Obama told thousands of service members in an aircraft hangar …

FY’15 Omnibus Spending Bill Crosses the Finish Line

  • December 14, 2014
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Congress on Saturday night wrapped up work on fiscal 2015 appropriations for all agencies except for the Department of Homeland Security, after the Senate cleared the $1.1 trillion “CRomnibus” spending package 56-40. President Obama has indicated he will sign the spending package — new funding blueprints for 11 of the 12 annual appropriations titles through Sept. 30, 2015, and a continuing resolution (CR) for Homeland Security through Feb. 27 — by Wednesday when the current stopgap runs out …

Senate Sends Defense Bill to President

  • December 14, 2014
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The Senate approved the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill Friday and sent it to the president’s desk, marking the 53rd straight year Congress has approved the annual defense policy bill. The measure, which allocates $496 billion for DOD’s base budget and $64 billion for overseas contingency operations, rejects or scales back many of the Pentagon’s major cost-saving reforms affecting military compensation and force structure. The bill, H.R. 3979, makes only a moderate concession to the Air Force proposal to retire its fleet of 283 A-10 close air support aircraft …

Decision on Next Round of Army Restructuring Expected by Next Summer

  • December 14, 2014
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The Army likely won’t announce until June how it will realign its forces as it eliminates up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, according to comments made at a listening session for Fort Leavenworth, Kan., last week. The Army — which already is slated to trim its active-duty forces from 562,000 to 490,000 by the end of FY 2015 — now is gathering public input at 30 installations with the potential to lose between 2,500 and 16,000 military and civilian personnel by the end of a second round of troop cuts needed to accommodate stringent budget caps. If Congress does not offer the Pentagon any relief from the spending caps, the Army’s active-duty end strength could fall to 420,000 …

Cannon AFB Adds 600-Acre Parcel Courtesy of State

  • December 14, 2014
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The state of New Mexico recently purchased 600 acres adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base and donated it to the Air Force, the community support group for the installation said last week. The transaction stems from the effort spearheaded by the Clovis Committee of 50 to save the base located in eastern New Mexico from closure during the 2005 BRAC round. The group had argued that Cannon’s key assets included a lack of encroachment and the availability of land for future growth. At the urging of local officials, then-Gov. Bill Richardson approved a $5 million grant to purchase land and water rights to benefit the installation …

Persistence Needed in Battle against Veteran Homelessness

  • December 14, 2014
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The federal government has made significant strides in tackling veteran homelessness, but reaching President Obama’s goal of completely eradicating the problem is still years away, according to testimony last week by veterans service providers. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.),chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned the rationale for having more than 20 programs designed to take homeless veterans off the streets and provide them with housing, health care and employment assistance, reported Stars and Stripes. The programs are not duplicative in many cases since homeless veterans have diverse needs, said Baylee Crone, executive director for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans …

‘CRomnibus’ Clears House in Close Vote

  • December 11, 2014
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After almost collapsing due to Democratic opposition, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed the House Thursday night 219-206, averting what likely would have meant Congress passing a short-term continuing resolution (CR) allowing Republicans to have the last word on fiscal 2015 appropriations early next year. The House also passed a two-day CR to give the Senate time to debate the spending package, as the existing stopgap was set to run out at midnight Thursday. The Senate was expected to pass the two-day CR before midnight to avoid a government shutdown. The chamber planned to take up the year-long spending bill beginning on Friday …

Deed Signing Marks First Transfer at Walter Reed

  • December 11, 2014
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Officials from the District of Columbia and the Army held a ceremonial signing Wednesday of a deed transferring a building at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, marking the first transfer of land at the hospital campus to the city. After demolishing the building, the District plans to construct a $12 million fire station. “My administration has worked closely with the Army to acquire Walter Reed so that we can begin transforming this historic campus into a vibrant destination that meets the needs and desires of the neighboring community …

Authorization Bill on Track to Pass Senate Friday

  • December 11, 2014
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The Senate most likely will clear the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill sometime Friday before sending it to President Obama’s desk for his signature. On Thursday, the chamber voted to limit debate on the annual policy measure, H.R. 3979, triggering 30 hours of debate prior to a final vote. The debate could be cut short through an agreement to expedite the final vote, but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has vowed to object to such requests, reported CQ. Coburn pledged to block the legislation over the inclusion of almost 100 public lands provisions — including conveyances, expansions of the National Park system and changes in how public lands are managed — in the authorization bill, but his options are limited, beyond slowing the process …

Wittman Remains at Helm of House Readiness Panel

  • December 11, 2014
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Three of the seven panels that make up the House Armed Services Committee will pass the gavel to new chairmen in the 114th Congress, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman-elect of the committee, announced Thursday. Keeping his post, however, as chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, which oversees installations and BRAC policy, will be Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.). Wittman, who was first elected to Congress in December 2007, took over the subcommittee at the beginning of the 113th Congress …

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