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Navy, Guam Celebrate Opening of Island’s Main Highway

  • July 10, 2014
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Officials from the Navy and Guam held a ribbon cutting Wednesday for the island’s reconstructed main thoroughfare in Hagatna, a $16.4 million federally funded project needed to accommodate the relocation of thousands of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa to Guam. Improvements included the removal and replacement of the six-lane bridge over the Agana River in the capital and the addition of new lanes linking the two roads for motorists traversing to the southern end of the island, reported Navy public affairs. “This was the Department of Defense’s work on outside-the-fence contracts,” said Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo …

Ft. Eustis Faces Uncertainty over Army Downsizing

  • July 10, 2014
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Fort Eustis is losing only 333 personnel following the Army’s decision last year for restructuring its forces as its eliminates 10 brigade combat teams, but now officials are considering trimming as many as 4,200 soldiers and civilians from the southeastern Virginia post. While the Army’s latest effort to reduce its end strength by an additional 70,000 troops to a size of 420,000 personnel is worrisome, local officials aren’t panicking. “The impact is not as severe as it looks at first blush,” said Craig Quigley, executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance …

DLA Outsourcing Plan Could Cost Pennsylvania Depot Hundreds of Jobs

  • July 10, 2014
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A federal employees union says a plan being considered by the Defense Logistics Agency to outsource the stocking of parts for military equipment could jeopardize up to 600 federal jobs, including 450 at a depot outside of Harrisburg, Pa. DLA Distribution Susquehanna would lose an estimated 450 workers if the agency goes ahead with a proposal to rely on the private sector to store military parts, a function which accounts for 30 percent of the depot’s work, Tim Schaming, vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told the Sentinel. Schaming said the plan would cost DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., about 150 jobs …

Replacing Uniformed Personnel with Civilians Would Save Billions, CBO Says

  • July 10, 2014
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The Pentagon could save $19 billion from fiscal 2014-2023 by replacing 70,000 service members with civilian employees, according to a recent presentation by a Congressional Budget Office analyst. The 70,000 military personnel could be replaced with only 47,000 civilian workers partially because civilians have fewer ancillary responsibilities, reported Army Times. Other advantages to using civilians include savings from lower costs for pay and benefits, less frequent transfers and a reduced need for job-specific training …

Navy to Test Wave Energy at MCB Hawaii

  • July 9, 2014
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The Navy shortly plans to test the potential for wave energy to power onshore installations and the commercial grid during a year-long trial in Kaneohe Bay near Marine Corps Base Hawaii. “The wave energy test site (WETS) is a Navy-funded project that supports the research and development of renewable energy sources by providing a location off Marine Corps Base Hawaii to test wave energy conversion devices,” said Alexandra DeVisser, WETS project manager for the Navy …

Roosevelt Roads LRA Starts Process to Identify Master Developers

  • July 9, 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. Interested parties can view the full RFQ at the Roosevelt Roads LRA website …

Amid Army Downsizing, Population at Maryland Post Continues to Rise

  • July 9, 2014
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While his fellow garrison commanders across the Army are planning for the number of uniformed and civilian personnel at their installations to follow a downward trajectory, Col. Brian Foley is managing a post that is slated to grow by 4,000 service members in the next several years. The influx at Fort Meade, located between Washington and Baltimore, primarily is being fueled by growth in information, intelligence and cyber defense work, with the National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency and U.S. Cyber Command leading the way …

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 …

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