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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 …

LRA, Master Developer Offer Plans to Jump Start South Weymouth NAS Reuse

  • March 14, 2014
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The LRA responsible for redeveloping the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth this week approved an alternate plan to one proposed by its master developer for reviving reuse of the former base, located outside of Boston. South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp.’s plan calls for changing the method for amending the bylaws governing zoning on the base, and eliminating requirements for votes by town meetings in Rockland and Abington, and the Weymouth Town Council. The power of approval would transfer to elected officials in each town …

Farr Presses DOD on BRAC Cleanup Funds

  • March 14, 2014
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Troubled by a steep drop in the budget to clean up installations closed during previous BRAC rounds, California Rep. Sam Farr (D) asked defense installation officials at a House hearing Wednesday to explain why the department’s unobligated balance for BRAC cleanup funds was so high. Farr said he had learned that the department had about $900 million in unobligated funds for BRAC cleanup. He was equally concerned about the fiscal 2015 budget request for $270 million for the account, which would represent a 40 percent drop in funding from this year’s allocation and a 64 percent decline from FY 2013′s allocation …

Reduction in Army Brigades to Follow Cuts in End Strength, Vice Chief Says

  • March 13, 2014
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Army planners are determining how many brigade combat teams will need to be eliminated as the service’s active-duty forces shrink to between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers, the end strength included in its fiscal 2015 budget request. The Army’s size is slated to drop to 420,000 under DOD’s five-year spending plan, an outcome which could be averted if Congress lifts the spending caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act. The Army already is reducing the number of brigade combat teams from 45 to 32 as part of its plan to shrink its active component end strength by 80,000 soldiers to 490,000 by 2015 …

Water Seeks Higher Level among Pentagon Priorities

  • March 12, 2014
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Defense officials have begun to take a closer look at the shrinking availability of water supplies across installations and the resulting impact on readiness, with their latest efforts focused on determining which bases can be expected to face a shortage in the coming decades. As the basis of its planning effort, the Pentagon is directing installations to calculate how much water they have access to, how much they use and how much they absolutely need …

‘Florida G.I. Bill’ Aims to Make State More Friendly to DOD, Veterans

  • March 12, 2014
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New legislation approved by the Florida Legislature will offer assistance combating encroachment to the state’s defense communities, out-of-state tuition for public universities to veterans and funds to market the state to veterans. The bill, unanimously passed by the House and Senate, provides $7.5 million to purchase buffer zones to protect three installations from encroachment — MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville and Naval Support Activity Panama City. “It sends a signal to the BRAC commission as well that Florida wants to keep the installations we have and keep the people we have …

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