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Navy Ushers in New CNIC Commander

  • October 26, 2014
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Vice Adm. Dixon Smith became the fifth commander of Navy Installations Command (CNIC) amid full gun salutes, musical performances, march on of the troops and parading of the colors during a ceremony Friday at the Washington Navy Yard. Smith, who was promoted to vice admiral prior to the ceremony, relieved Vice Adm. William French, who retired after more than three decades of service to the Navy. Smith is the first former installation commanding officer to lead CNIC …

Army Issues RFP for 25MW Heat, Power Project at Redstone Arsenal

  • October 26, 2014
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The Army on Friday released a request for proposals for a 25-megawatt combined heat and power renewable energy project at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. The project calls for the Army to purchase steam and electricity generated onsite through a 30-year power purchase agreement. The winning firm will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the energy generation facility, according to a press release from the Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. The Corps is managing the project in coordination with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives. The solicitation was posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website. The Corps plans to issue a notice of intent to award for the project in the summer of 2015. The project is intended to make Redstone more resilient by limiting its reliance on the existing power grid. An April 2011 outbreak of tornadoes in Alabama destroyed parts of the regional Tennessee Valley Authority distribution network and took down power lines to the arsenal.

The Trouble with a Full-Year CR

  • October 24, 2014
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While the top appropriators in the House and Senate are pushing for Congress to complete fiscal 2015 appropriations before the end of the year by passing a massive year-end omnibus, many lawmakers may prefer to move a yearlong continuing resolution that simply extends lasts year’s funding levels through Sept. 30, 2015. For some, the appeal of a full-year CR for all agencies would be getting appropriations out of the way so Congress can focus on other year-end business during the lame duck session. Such a move also would provide agencies certainty about their FY 2015 spending. For Republicans, it would be a way to deny Democrats a last chance to see their spending priorities implemented …

Efforts to Support Vance AFB to Focus on Boosting Military Value

  • October 23, 2014
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Construction of a 2,300-foot runway extension at a regional airport that it is intended to support Vance Air Force Base, Okla., is under way and on track to be completed next summer. The project will lengthen the runway at Enid Woodring Regional Airport to 8,000 feet, allowing T-38 aircraft from Vance to use the airport for regular operations, as well as to divert there due to strong crosswinds or threatening storms. The regional airport is about 8 miles from Vance …

State Commission Approves Solar Projects at Three Georgia Posts

  • October 23, 2014
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The Georgia Public Service Commission on Thursday approved the construction of solar photovoltaic arrays at three Army installations in the state — Forts Stewart, Gordon and Benning. The Georgia Power Co., an operating utility of Southern Company, will finance, design, build, own and operate each of the 30-megawatt projects. All three are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, according to a commission press release. The projects, referred to as “Georgia 3×30,” are a collaborative effort among the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, the three installations, the General Services Administration and Georgia Power …

Nine Openings Available in FAA’s Military Airport Program

  • October 23, 2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration’s fiscal 2015 Military Airport Program, a valuable source of capital funding for former military airfields and joint use airports, has nine slots available for new participants or existing participants eligible for redesignation. None of the open slots, however, are available for general aviation airports, according to the Oct. 23 Federal Register notice. The program allows participating airports to receive grants from the Airport Improvement Program …

DOT Awards $1M to Community Colleges to Train Veterans as Commercial Drivers

  • October 23, 2014
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The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges to train military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The schools will use the funds to recruit, train and provide students job placement assistance after graduation. The grants will provide training for nearly 400 new students, according to the agency’s press release. “Those that we entrust to protect and serve our nation deserve opportunities that utilize the skills and training they received on the job on military bases overseas and at home,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx …

Pentagon Likely to Conduct Study of Excess Capacity

  • October 22, 2014
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DOD may study the need for additional base closures even if language in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill calling for a comprehensive assessment of excess infrastructure is stripped from the conference report, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, said Wednesday. “Even if it doesn’t end up in the final version, I think it’s a signal that we can go ahead and do a capacity analysis at a parametric level,” Conger told CQ. “It’s not a bad thing to have those numbers,” he said. The bill language directs DOD to compare 20-year force structure plans for each of the services with an inventory of their installations to determine the level of excess infrastructure throughout the department …

Joint Use Wastewater Treatment Plant Supports Ellsworth AFB

  • October 22, 2014
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A $23 million wastewater treatment plant financed by the state is up and running in west central South Dakota and helping sustain growth at Ellsworth Air Force Base. The plant, which opened last month, is the product of a collaboration among the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority, the city of Box Elder and Ellsworth. Both the base and Box Elder needed additional wastewater treatment capacity, a requirement which the development authority was uniquely positioned to address …

Microgrids Prove Key as Installations Advance toward Energy Security Goals

  • October 22, 2014
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Construction of a microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., linking a system of small power plants, solar panels, batteries and diesel generators soon will enable the Mojave Desert base to operate independently of Southern California Edison in an emergency. The installation already is saving $10 million a year in energy costs. Workers started by adding a small generating plant, and then added solar panels and batteries. The base finished construction of a second generating plant this summer. Officials believe they soon will be able to generate about 80 percent of the base’s power needs …

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