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Corpus Christi Advances $5M in Projects to Benefit Military

  • November 13, 2014
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The Corpus Christi (Texas) City Council on Tuesday moved to approve $5 million in projects intended to benefit local installations. The investments are intended to bolster Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot ahead of further Pentagon spending cuts, reported the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “Corpus Christi is deeply committed financially to the long-term health and welfare of our military’s operations here,” City Councilman Mark Scott said during the meeting. With cuts looming, “we continue to show Washington our ongoing commitment to their presence …

SolarCity to Install Solar Panels on Navy, Marine Corps Family Housing in San Diego

  • November 13, 2014
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The Navy’s family housing partner in San Diego reached a deal with SolarCity to purchase energy generated from rooftop solar photovoltaic systems installed on nearly 6,000 homes across 27 neighborhoods, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Thursday. The power purchase agreement between SolarCity and Lincoln Military Housing represents one of the solar provider’s largest residential efforts under its SolarStrong initiative to provide energy to military housing communities across the country. The San Diego rooftop installations would add 20 megawatts or more of renewable energy capacity to the Navy’s portfolio …

Conservatives Could Upset Plans for an Omnibus

  • November 12, 2014
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The staffs of the House and Senate Appropriations committees are continuing to work toward an early December deadline to complete a fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill for the entire federal government, but at the same time conservative lawmakers may act to disrupt those plans. The latest hurdle standing in the way of an omnibus is an effort by conservatives to include language blocking the president from taking executive action on immigration. Rep. Matt Salmon (R- Ariz.) has attracted the signature of 50 colleagues on a letter asking appropriators to include language barring the use of funds to carry out an executive order …

Air Force Offers Compromise over A-10 Fleet Retirement

  • November 12, 2014
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Air Force leaders have broached the possibility of retiring only 72 A-10 close air support aircraft during fiscal 2015 in response to Congress’ rejection of its proposal to retire its entire fleet of Warthogs. During briefings on Capitol Hill, Air Force officials said they urgently need this limited retirement so they can shift maintenance crews from A-10 units to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Unless the service is allowed to retire three active-duty squadrons, it may not be able to meet the planned Aug. 1, 2016, operational date for the F-35A …

McCain Looks to Reverse Sequestration

  • November 12, 2014
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The incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee said Wednesday that eliminating the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps on the Pentagon will be one of his top priorities. “As far as the military is concerned, the blow is too big … and with the world changing as it is, it’s really too biting,” John McCain (R-Ariz.), told reporters. McCain indicated he would hold hearings on the impact of the stringent spending caps. “We’ll be hearing from our services chiefs about how really biting this is …

Tucson Residents Salute Davis-Monthan AFB

  • November 12, 2014
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Hundreds of supporters of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base celebrated the base’s history and its importance to the Tucson region during an event held Monday to raise funds for the installation’s local support group. “They can’t advocate for themselves through the Air Force or on Capitol Hill,” said Brian Harpel, president of DM50. “So it’s up to the community to do that for them.” The event, which was held at the Pima Air and Space Museum, also provided Tucson an opportunity to thank Davis-Monthan for its economic contribution. The installation’s annual economic impact recently was estimated at $1.5 billion …

D.C. Breaks Ground on Innovative Model for Meeting Homeless Veterans’ Needs

  • November 12, 2014
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Officials from the Department of Housing and Development and the District of Columbia held a groundbreaking this week for an affordable housing development that will benefit homeless veterans beyond providing them a place to live. The $33 million, 124-unit apartment building will set aside 60 units for homeless veterans. In addition, the building in Northeast Washington allows case managers and social workers to work onsite with veterans in tandem with the local VA Medical Center, reports Government Executive. The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, funded through a mix of public and private support, follows the Housing First model for addressing homelessness. The approach calls for providing the homeless stable housing first, and then offering a variety of support services.

Authorization Bill Remains on Path to Informal Conference

  • November 12, 2014
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With staff from the House and Senate Armed Services committees having reconciled many of the differences between competing versions of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, the committees’ leadership this week will begin to hash out the higher profile issues that have not yet been settled. The committees’ chairmen, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), and ranking members, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), will focus on more contentious issues affecting the future of the A-10 Warthog aircraft, the Army National Guard helicopter fleet and a Navy initiative to modernize its cruiser fleet. The panels’ best bet for clearing the annual defense policy bill during the lame duck session starting today almost certainly will be to repeat last year’s maneuver …

Navy Searches for Efficient Energy Solution at Guantanamo Bay

  • November 11, 2014
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The Navy is looking to the energy industry for ideas as it searches for a viable energy source for the unique environment of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With the base infrastructure due for upgrades, Naval Facilities Engineering Command last week hosted 100 energy experts in Jacksonville, Fla., to discuss the potential for energy development there. While officials have listed prospective projects such as photovoltaic, waste-to-energy, energy-efficient generator power and automated controls, NAVFAC is not specifying what kind of project it wants; instead, it is soliciting recommendations from industry …

NASA, Google Reach Deal to Restore Hangars at Moffett Field

  • November 11, 2014
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The federal government on Monday struck an agreement with a Google subsidiary to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California as well as operate the airfield’s two runways. Hangar One has been stripped down to its skeletal framework after its skin was found to be leaching toxic chemicals. Under this week’s deal, Planetary Ventures will spend more than $200 million to refurbish and protect Hangar One — which was built after World War I to house Navy dirigibles — as well as rehabilitate Hangars Two and Three. The agreement calls for Planetary Ventures to pay NASA $1.6 billion to rent about 1,000 acres at the airfield located on South San Francisco Bay over the next 60 years …

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