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Air Force to Impose Limits on F-35 Training Flights at Eglin

  • July 9, 2014
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Air Force officials have decided to impose operational limitations on F-35 training flights at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida Panhandle to reduce noise over the city of Valparaiso, according to a record of decision published Wednesday. Officials selected the “no action alternative” for the basing of up to 59 F-35s at the Eglin joint training site, which represented the environmentally preferred alternative. “The Air Force listened to the community’s concerns and worked hard to find a solution that meets mission requirements and also reduces noise impacts,” said Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment, and energy …

Ft. Jackson Poised to Thrive as Army Restructures, Commander Says

  • July 9, 2014
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Despite being targeted for the elimination of up to 3,100 soldiers and civilians in the Army’s next round of personnel cuts, Fort Jackson, S.C., could be one of the posts that benefits as others suffer large losses. “We have the capacity to expand,” Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker told the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Fort Jackson, part of the Columbia metropolitan area, houses nine battalions of soldiers in training, and recently built barracks for two more battalions …

Agencies Likely to Operate under CR at Start of FY’15

  • July 9, 2014
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It appears increasingly likely that the entire federal government will be forced to operate under a continuing resolution at the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year. With momentum on a three-bill “minibus” already stalled in the Senate and President Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency funding request to deal with child migrants competing for the short amount of time left on Capitol Hill before lawmakers return home to campaign ahead of the November elections, it’s not clear how any individual spending measures could be cleared by Congress before fiscal 2015 begins, reports CQ …

Nonprofits Help Wounded Veterans Serve Communities Dealing with Disasters

  • July 8, 2014
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Two national veterans groups are partnering to provide wounded veterans the necessary experience and training to serve communities that have suffered a natural disaster or other crisis. The Wounded Warrior Project is funding the Team Rubicon initiative and will provide participants a stipend and a 12-month fellowship to serve in a leadership role in one of Team Rubicon’s 10 domestic regions. “This collaboration will provide opportunities for this generation of veterans to serve together again while serving communities in crisis,” according to a joint press release. Team Rubicon teaches veterans the skills of first responders to deploy with emergency response teams. “We feel that this partnership will grow and evolve over time, leading both organizations to improve programs that serve our nation’s veterans,” said Jake Wood, CEO and cofounder of Team Rubicon. “For Team Rubicon that means providing better leadership and mental health support opportunities for our volunteers, who in turn can then better serve communities in need.”

Puerto Rican LRA Seeks Developer to Transform Navy Base into Tourist Destination

  • July 8, 2014
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Puerto Rico’s Local Redevelopment Authority is seeking responses to a recently issued request for qualifications (RFQ) for master developers for the redevelopment of Roosevelt Roads, the island’s former U.S. Navy Base in Cieba. The RFQ includes 3,000 acres of prime Caribbean coastline that is ideal for hotel properties, ecotourism, marinas, light industrial, casinos, educational institutions and other mixed-use development …

Air Force Holds Groundbreaking for KC-46A Facilities

  • July 8, 2014
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Top Air Force officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking June 30 at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., for facilities needed to support the service’s new tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus. McConnell will be the first active duty-led main operating base for the new KC-46A, which is expected to arrive beginning in 2016. The tanker will have a larger refueling capacity, improved efficiency and increased capabilities for cargo and aeromedical evacuation compared to the aircraft it is replacing …

Residents Fret about Noise Impacts from Possible New Missions at Davis-Monthan AFB

  • July 8, 2014
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Residents in neighborhoods close to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are becoming increasingly concerned about what aircraft could be based at the Tucson, Ariz., installation in the future when its three squadrons of A-10 attack jets are replaced. The base’s neighbors are resigned to the noise levels generated by the A-10, but many oppose other possible missions, including F-16 and F-35 fighters, due to those louder noise profiles of those aircraft, reported the Arizona Daily Star. Last year, 19 neighborhood associations signed a letter opposing any plan to house F-35s at the installation …

Army Considers New Strategy for Preserving Industrial Base

  • July 8, 2014
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Amid a climate of declining budgets for weapons spending, officials at Army Materiel Command (AMC) are conducting a comprehensive assessment of the service’s industrial base to assure its long-term viability. Last week, AMC Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion and a team of logistics experts visited Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y., as part of a year-long initiative to visit the nation’s depots and arsenals to learn about the challenges facing them and craft a new strategy to take advantage of their unique capabilities …

Pentagon Prepared to House Additional Border-Crossing Minors

  • July 8, 2014
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DOD officials are discussing the possibility of housing additional unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday. “I wouldn’t put an exact number on it, because that’s still in discussion,” Kirby told reporters. Three installations already are housing unaccompanied children who are part of an influx of thousands of migrants from Central America — Fort Sill, Okla.; Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas; and Naval Base Ventura, Port Hueneme, Calif. …

Local, Federal Partners Help Ft. Monroe LRA Advance Its Reuse Goals

  • July 7, 2014
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At the end of its first year as the primary property owner at Fort Monroe, the former post’s LRA has recorded a number of achievements at the same time it is tackling multiple challenges. The Fort Monroe Authority has leased about 235,000 square feet of commercial property at the installation located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, providing jobs in the city of Hampton, Va., space for two congregations and the Casemate Museum, and summer entertainment at the Paradise Ocean Club, Chairman John Lawson wrote in a recent commentary in the Daily Press …

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