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Pet Projects Back in Vogue on Capitol Hill

  • March 24, 2014
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Last December’s budget deal, which by current indications will allow Congress to follow regular order for moving annual appropriations bills, also may allow lawmakers to press for funding for installations and favored military projects in their districts. In multiple hearings in recent weeks on DOD’s fiscal 2015 budget request, lawmakers have made clear they will fight to protect missions at local bases and manufacturing facilities in their districts, reports Defense News …

Navy Not Eager for New BRAC Round, Top Officer Says

  • March 24, 2014
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The Navy is not anxious to hold a new round of base closures as it doesn’t have a lot of excess capacity, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said last week. “I’m very satisfied with our laydown of our bases as we look around the world,” Greenert told reporters after an all hands call at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. “People ask me, do you have the need? Do you see a great need for BRAC? I say, no, I don’t …

Altus AFB Named Top Installation in Air Force

  • March 23, 2014
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Altus Air Force Base, located in southwestern Oklahoma, has been named the winner of the Air Force’s Command-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence award, a recognition of the 97th Air Mobility Wing’s superior support for the defense mission. “Altus AFB has stood out as an example in innovation and cost-savings across our Air Force,” said Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command. In addition to demonstrating exemplary support for the Air Force’s mission, the winner must show marked improvement and innovative progress in functions that are critical to an installation’s successful operations …

Norton AFB Museum Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Base Closure

  • March 23, 2014
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Norton Air Force Base Museum, located 30 miles east of Los Angeles, will mark the 20th anniversary of the base’s closure on Saturday, March 22. Norton AFB, once home to the Air Force’s 63rd Military Airlift Wing, employed more than 12,000 military and civilian workers and pumped nearly $2 billion each year into the local economy at its peak.

DOD Bets Against Sequestration

  • March 23, 2014
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The DOD’s current long-term fiscal plans make a big assumption–that Congress will find a way to halt the automatic $35 billion cut to the department’s budget slated for 2016. In a memo to the military service chiefs last month, Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox said next fiscal year “will be a critical inflection point…and we will look for a signal from Congress that sequestration will not be imposed in FY 2016…

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…

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