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House Republicans Propose Cutting 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

  • March 18, 2014
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A proposal by House Republicans would cut 115,000 civilian jobs from the Department of Defense over the next six years. The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act would cut 15 percent of the DoD’s civilian workforce, saving $82.5 billion over the first five years of cuts, the bill’s sponsors argue, the Federal Times reported…

Defense Community Awards Season Is Here

  • March 17, 2014
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“The Defense Communities Awards program is a tremendous way for communities to recognize the achievements of communities and the leaders who support them,” said Tim Ford, CEO of ADC. “Every day, communities and their leaders inside and outside the gate do outstanding work to support their installation or community project. This is your opportunity to share…

Experts Warn that Colorado Is Behind in Protecting Installations

  • March 17, 2014
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As the DoD plans $900 billion in budget cuts over the next 10 years, local military support and business advocacy groups in Colorado warn that Colorado lags behind other states in protecting the state’s military missions.“If Colorado, or any other state for that matter, is going to be successful in defending its installations and mission, they need to have a…

Senators Introduce Bill to Prevent Cuts to Commissaries

  • March 17, 2014
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Several U.S. senators have introduced new legislation to preserve funding for military commissaries, freezing the DOD’s FY 2015 budget proposal to cut funding to the government- subsided grocery stores. The “Military Commissary Sustainment Act,” co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner (D)…

Difficult Choices Shape Air Force’s Facilities Budget

  • March 17, 2014
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The Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request accepts risks in installation support, military construction and facilities sustainment for the short term as part of a strategic decision made in the face of fiscal constraints. “The Air Force attempted to strike the delicate balance of a ready force today and a modern force tomorrow, while also recovering from the impacts of sequestration and adjusting to budget reductions,” said Kathleen Ferguson …

Special Court Provides Boston Veterans New Avenue for Treatment

  • March 16, 2014
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Boston’s new Veterans Treatment Court, launched in January, is helping former service members stay out of jail and receive treatment for substance abuse and emotional problems. Three veterans currently take part in the program and 12 are in the pipeline, reported the Boston Globe. Participants receive treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues, emotional disabilities, and academic and vocational training. The court relies on specially trained judges, clinicians, probation officers and attorneys …

Army to Move Recruiting School to Ft. Knox

  • March 16, 2014
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The Army will shift its Recruiting and Retention School from Fort Jackson, S.C., to Fort Knox by Oct. 1, bringing about 100 Soldiers, civilians and contractors to the post in north central Kentucky. The move will place the school at the same installation as its parent organization, Army Recruiting Command. “This consolidation of resources on Fort Knox will improve synchronization within the command; enhance the training needs of Army recruiters; and better support the development of recruiting doctrine and curriculum development …

If Congress Delivers Funds, DOD Will Budget for Higher Force Levels, Comptroller Says

  • March 16, 2014
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Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale pledged to eliminate the confusion over what force structure levels could be sustained under its five-year spending plan, provided lawmakers indicate they will provide the department much-needed relief from mandated spending caps. Hale’s statement came in response to a defense analyst’s criticism that the future years defense plan (FYDP) DOD released earlier this month failed to include the preferred force levels Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel indicated it would …

House Panel Hopes to Bolster Pentagon’s Milcon Request

  • March 16, 2014
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Lawmakers, surprised by the deep cut in military construction and family housing proposed by the Pentagon in its fiscal 2015 budget request, offered DOD some hope for relief during last week’s hearing by the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. “I haven’t seen requests this low for a long, long time,” said Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), the panel’s ranking member. The $6.6 billion request for milcon and family housing represents a 40 percent drop from current year funding …

Longtime ADC Staff Member Departs

  • March 14, 2014
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LaShawn Maloy, a familiar face and voice to many long-term ADC members is leaving the organization this week. Since 2002, LaShawn has been an integral part of the association’s membership services. LaShawn began working for ADC when it was managed by the International Economic Development Council and moved with the association when LRG began managing it in 2010. Over the past 12 years, LaShawn has managed member relations, event registration, event planning, sponsor outreach and fulfillment, and the awards program …

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