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Senate Defense Subcommittees Schedule NDAA Markups for Open Session

  • March 20, 2014
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Four of the six Senate Armed Services Subcommittees will hold markups of the 2015 Defense authorization bill in open session, an increase over three subcommittees last year, according to the committee’s schedule.This year, the Emerging Threats subcommittee joins the Readiness, Airland and Personnel subcommittees in holding markup in an open session…

McCaskill Wants More Vets Jobs, Workforce Act Renewal

  • March 19, 2014
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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) joined with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and local veterans Tuesday to request that Congress renew the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the expired law that authorizes job training programs…

Penrose Joins ADC Board

  • March 19, 2014
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Dan Penrose, Program Manager of the South Sound Military Community Partnership, a regional organization supporting Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the state of Washington, has been elected to the ADC Board of Directors…

Personnel Praise Enhanced Transition Assistance Program

  • March 19, 2014
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Transition GPS, DOD’s new week-long workforce transition curriculum is a marked improvement over the previous program, according to feedback from service members. “We have received very positive reviews from the service members,” Susan Kelly, director of DOD’s Transition to Veterans Program office, told American Forces Press Service last week. “They’re telling us they’ll use the content to prepare for transition, use it after they separate, [and] they know how to access resources they’re going to need before and after they separate …

Air Force Announces Plan to Remediate Contaminated Sites at Hill AFB

  • March 19, 2014
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The Air Force has released details for its environmental remediation plan for Hill AFB in Ogden, UT. The plan covers three inactive ‘Military Munitions Response Program’ sites, including a munitions dump, powder burning pit and an outdoor small arms firing range, according to Standard-Examiner…

Lawmakers Weigh Politics and Economics in Deciding on BRAC Rounds

  • March 19, 2014
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Lawmakers’ uncharacteristic bipartisan opposition to the DOD’s request for a new BRAC round continues to be a political hot potato, according to two recently published commentaries. The 2005 BRAC round proved to be the costliest ever, according to retired General Norton Schwartz, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force and William Murdy, chairman of Comfort Systems USA and vice chairman of the board of directors for Business Executives for National Security…

Calif. County Considers New Office to Address BRAC Fears

  • March 18, 2014
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With the possibility of a new BRAC round, two supervisors in Southern California’s Riverside County are taking the initiative to protect their two remaining military bases from closure. Their solution: the creation of an Office of Military and Defense Services (OMDS) to be part of the county’s Economic Development Agency. The office would also promote more federal contracting opportunities for local businesses…

Army Seeks Balanced Force through National Guard Cuts

  • March 18, 2014
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The Army’s plan to reduce the size of the National Guard by 15,000 service members has raised alarm among the governors and National Guard state commanders of all 50 states, and has spurred Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) to introduce legislation that would prevent cuts to the National Guard prior to 2016…

Maine Shipyard Provides Economic Boost for Three States

  • March 18, 2014
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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, located in Kittery, Maine, generated a $623 million economic impact for the region’s economy last year, according to a study released earlier this month by the Seacoast Shipyard Association. The total impact of the shipyard, located in Southern Maine just across the New Hampshire border, is down somewhat from 2012, when it accounted for $662 million in economic activity. In 2013, the shipyard’s 5,474 civilian employees earned $414 million, while the facility’s military payroll was $42 million …

Massachusetts’s $170 Million Military Bond Bill Signed into Law

  • March 18, 2014
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Massachusetts raised the stakes on how a state can support its military installations and defense sector with Governor Deval Patrick’s approval of what may be the largest state commitment of its kind. The “Act Encouraging the Improvement, Expansion and Development of Military Installations in the Commonwealth” authorizes funding for infrastructure projects in partnership with Massachusetts military installations and the Massachusetts National Guard.

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