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Builder at Alameda Landing Opens Sales Office

  • October 2, 2014
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The developer of several residential neighborhoods at the Navy’s former Fleet Industrial Supply Center in Alameda is opening a sales office next week as the reuse project reaches a new milestone. TRI Pointe Homes Northern California is building a mix of two-and three-story houses, condominiums and townhouses on the 72-acre Alameda Landing site, reported the San Francisco Business Times. The project, located across the Bay from San Francisco, calls for a total of 253 homes. Catellus is the master developer for Alameda Landing …

Navy Names NAS Lemoore as West Coast Home for F-35Cs

  • October 2, 2014
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The Navy will base a total of 100 F-35C fighter jets at Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California, according to a record of decision officials announced Thursday. Local leaders cheered the decision, which had been expected since earlier this year, as it will expand the scope of the base’s existing mission, reported The Fresno Bee. The fifth-generation fighters will replace 70 aging F/A-18 Hornets now based at Lemoore. The number of aircraft based there may not reach 100 until 2028, however …

Solar Array at Ft. Campbell Relies on Multiple Partners

  • October 2, 2014
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A partnership made up of the Army, the Department of Energy, a local electric cooperative and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has agreed to develop a 5-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell. Before DOE joined, the partnership amassed more than $10 million for the project, which will be built on 20 acres at an abandoned landfill on the post, according to a press release from the commonwealth of Kentucky. DOE will contribute an additional $800,000 to the project, which will consist of more than 16,000 solar modules. “This is an excellent opportunity for the Army to leverage both a utility energy services contract and a power purchase agreement, to deliver a system that will generate enough energy to power 463 homes, while avoiding 4.7 million tons per year of CO2 emissions …

Alabama Measure Offers Residents Chance to Support Local Armories

  • October 2, 2014
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Alabama residents will have an opportunity during November’s midterm elections to support an amendment authorizing the state to borrow up to $50 million to improve the condition of its National Guard armories. “A lot of our armories are desolate places. Some are 30 to 50 years old. It would be financially irresponsible for us to not do this and try to maintain and improve these facilities,” state Rep. Mark Tuggle told the Rotary Club last week in Tallassee. Tuggle, state Sen. Tom Whatley, and other lawmakers who sponsored the amendment believe it offers the state a good shot at shielding its armories from a future round of base closures …

Biomass Plant to Power Ft. Drum

  • October 1, 2014
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Fort Drum, N.Y., will obtain 100 percent of its on-site energy requirements under a contract the Army awarded to the owner and operator of a biomass power plant. ReEnergy Black River LLC, a subsidiary of ReEnergy Holdings LLC, will provide up to 28 megawatts of electricity from a facility that converts forest residues left over after trees are harvested into steam that runs a turbine to make electricity. The project is a joint effort between the Energy Initiatives Task Force, Fort Drum, DLA Energy and ReEnergy …

Pivot to Asia Continues despite Budget Pressure, Official Says

  • October 1, 2014
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DOD’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region remains on course despite the budget bind facing the department, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday. “We might not be able to go as fast as we would want because of budgetary pressures. We might not be able to have as many forces as we would otherwise like because we wouldn’t be able to afford them,” Work told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations. “But the Asia Pacific rebalance continues apace …

Veterans Return to Civilian Life Unprepared, Survey Shows

  • October 1, 2014
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A majority of service members leave the military facing a variety of unmet needs resulting in a difficult transition to civilian life, according to a new University of Southern California study of veterans living in Los Angeles County. “The State of the American Veteran: The Los Angeles County Veterans Study,” by the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, found that more than two-thirds of more than 1,350 veterans surveyed reported difficulties adjusting to civilian life, with 69 percent of post-9/11 veterans indicating they needed time to figure out what they would do after the military. One overarching finding is that veterans’ needs cannot be met by a single organization …

Air Force Engineering Center Moved to New Installation Support Organization

  • October 1, 2014
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Six organizations, including the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, were moved under Air Force Materiel Command on Oct. 1 to help form the foundation of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center when it is formally activated in 2015. The newly created AFIMSC will consolidate installation management functions currently being performed at 10 major commands, two direct reporting units and multiple field operating agencies. The center’s support capabilities will include security forces, civil engineering, base communications, logistics readiness, installation ministry programs, services and operational contracting …

Work Upbraids Congress over Opposition to Cost-Saving Reforms

  • October 1, 2014
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The almost universal rejection by lawmakers of a series of belt-tightening reforms to military compensation and weapons systems retirements proposed by the Pentagon will create an estimated $70 billion hole in its five-year budget, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told the Council on Foreign Relations this week. The department’s fiscal 2015 budget called for slashing the subsidy for commissaries and slowing increases in the basic allowance for housing, along with retiring its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft and other weapons. “These were what we considered to be pretty reasonable approaches, but Congress said ‘No …

Chicago, Wichita Join National Effort to End Veteran Homelessness

  • September 30, 2014
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The mayors of Chicago and Wichita, Kan., last month announced plans to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, joining more than 200 local, county and state officials who have made the same pledge as part of a White House initiative. On Sept. 16, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel committed $800,000 to a $5 billion federal plan and said he wants to make sure “any veteran, having fought for the homeland, is not homeless when they come home,” reported the Huffington Post. The effort calls for opening new housing facilities on four acres of city property as well as bolstering social services programs. The mayor also said he plans to open a facility to accommodate both veterans and their families …

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