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Army’s Push to Promote Large-Scale Renewable Projects Hits Stride

  • September 16, 2014
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After three years, and two weeks from becoming a permanent organization, the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force’s pipeline of prospective projects is essentially full. The task force, created in September 2011 to bolster the energy security of Army installations and help the service meet federal mandates to shift its reliance toward renewable energy, has identified more viable projects than it has the resources to pursue, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the task force, said Tuesday during a session of the Fifth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum. “We have one of the largest and most defined renewable energy project pipelines in the country …

CR on Path for Approval

  • September 16, 2014
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As the House on Tuesday began to debate an amendment to a fiscal 2015 continuing resolution authorizing the administration to support Syrian rebels, there appears to be sufficient bipartisan support in both chambers to pass the amendment along with the underlying stopgap spending bill. The House is expected to finish floor debate and vote on the amendment and CR on Wednesday. The Senate plans to vote on the stopgap, which would fund the federal government through Dec. 11, by the end of the week …

Air Force Announces Criteria for Selecting Installation Support Center Headquarters

  • September 15, 2014
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The Air Force on Monday released the criteria it will use to select candidate locations for the headquarters for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the newly created organization that will consolidate installation management functions currently being performed at every major command. Officials will evaluate 10 installations as potential candidates against the approved criteria and plan to identify candidates for the headquarters in the fall of 2014, according to a press release. The 10 installations include Barksdale AFB, La.; Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Joint Base Andrews, Md.; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Peterson AFB, Colo.; Scott AFB, Ill.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio …

Senate Confirms Air Force Installations Nominee

  • September 15, 2014
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The Air Force’s top installations post will be filled by a Senate-confirmed individual for the first time in 18 months after the chamber last week confirmed Miranda Ballentine to be the service’s assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics. Ballentine, a top sustainability and renewable energy official for Wal-Mart Stores, is expected to begin working at the Pentagon on Sept. 22, according to an Air Force spokesman. President Obama nominated Ballentine for the post in January. Kathleen Ferguson has been the acting assistant secretary since March 2013 when Terry Yonkers stepped down …

Installations to Increasingly Rely on Communities for Services, Top Officials Say

  • September 15, 2014
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Communities will play an increasingly important role in providing on-base support as the military services attempt to cope with declining budgets for installation support in the next decade, a panel of DOD’s top installations officials said Monday at the ADC 2014 Defense Policy Forum. The Pentagon’s new authority for installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with state and local governments to share base support services — enacted in January 2013 as part of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill — will provide a tremendous boon to the military, Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of the House Armed Services Committee, told the event’s 120 participants. “We are on the precipice of a significant change in terms of installation support …

House, Senate Committees Slated to Hash out Defense Authorization Bill

  • September 15, 2014
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Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are scheduled to meet this week to begin discussions on crafting a compromise fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, a move signaling that the Senate is unlikely to take up its version of the annual defense policy bill. The discussions would replace a formal House-Senate conference, with the effort echoing the path the two committees went down last year after the FY 2014 authorization bill got hung up in the Senate in November …

House Sets Plan for Moving CR, Language to Support Syrian Rebels

  • September 15, 2014
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The House plans to vote Wednesday or Thursday on a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through Dec. 11 that would include a debate over an amendment authorizing the Obama administration to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State. If the fiscal 2015 stopgap passes in the House, the Senate would take it up before the end of the week. On Monday night, House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) expressed confidence that both the CR and the language authorizing the arming of Syrian rebels would pass …

DOT TIGER Grant to Improve Access to Ft. Carson

  • September 14, 2014
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A $1.2 million federal grant will help upgrade a recently opened gravel road to Fort Carson needed to accommodate extra traffic generated by a new helicopter brigade. The funds, awarded through the Department of Transportation’s transportation investment generating economic recovery (TIGER) grant program, will pay for pre-construction activities required to pave and straighten the route to the post’s Gate 19, located near Fountain, Colo. …

Stakes are High for Hospitality Industry over Next Round of Army Cuts

  • September 14, 2014
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Fifty weeks out of the year thousands of family members travel to Fort Jackson to celebrate the graduation of a close relative from basic training, accounting for $45 million a year in direct spending in the Midlands region of South Carolina. For the dozens of hotels and restaurants near the post in Columbia, the Army’s next round of personnel cuts — slated to shrink its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops — offer the prospect of a significant reduction in economic activity as Fort Jackson faces losing almost half of its personnel …

University Considers Becoming Anchor Tenant at Hunters Point

  • September 14, 2014
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San Francisco State University intends to lease 60,000 square feet or more in the planned innovation district at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, making it the first major commercial tenant at the reuse project. “We’re going to plant our flag at Hunters Point,” University President Leslie Wong told the San Francisco Business Times. “We want to be, we plan to be, the anchor institution at Hunter’s Point.” Subjects including IT, digital arts and hospitality could be offered at Hunters Point, Wong said …

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