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Fort Hood Family Housing to Inject $69M into On-Post Housing

  • July 2, 2014
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Lend Lease will reinvest $69 million to renovate and replace existing housing at Fort Hood, Texas, that was not included in the privatization project’s initial development period, which ended in 2006. Fort Hood Family Housing, the partnership created between Lend Lease and the Army, last week said it planned to convert 172 duplex-style homes into 86 single-family homes and perform significant utility infrastructure upgrades throughout the West Chaffee Village neighborhood …

Illinois Law Eases School Transition for Military Families

  • July 2, 2014
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Legislation signed into law last week by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will make it easier for the children of military families to transfer into Illinois schools following a military reassignment. “When a military family has to pick up and move to Illinois, we need to make sure the process is worry-free, especially when it comes to enrolling in a new school,” Quinn said in a written statement. “This new law will ensure that our children of military parents are supported during the school transfer process so they can join their new classmates without delay …

National Army Museum Opening Delayed until 2018

  • July 1, 2014
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The opening date for the National Museum of the U.S. Army, slated to occupy 41 acres at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, has been pushed back to 2018 as organizers strive to raise more funds for the effort. So far the Army Historical Foundation has raised $81million, but the group needs $33 million more before it can break ground on the project, reports Army Times. At that point the federal government will release $25 million authorized for site preparation …

Clarksville Leaders Pledge Unified Effort to Stave off Force Reductions

  • July 1, 2014
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Leaders in Middle Tennessee are vowing to pull together to head off the potential loss of one-half of the military and civilian personnel at Fort Campbell, following last week’s release of an Army analysis of the economic impacts associated with eliminating 70,000 active-duty soldiers across the service. For Fort Campbell, the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment considers a reduction of up to 15,221 soldiers and 779 civilians. The post currently hosts a population of 32,281 personnel …

Examples of Potential Climate Change Impacts to DOD Facilities on Increase, GAO Finds

  • July 1, 2014
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A variety of climate change phenomena — including rising temperatures, increasing storm frequency and intensity, and changes in precipitation patterns — have been observed at DOD installations in recent years, with the potential impacts threatening military infrastructure, interfering with training, and imposing significant costs on the department, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). At 15 sites the agency visited or contacted, installation officials cited a range of mission vulnerabilities stemming from potential climate change impacts, including the potential loss of cold weather training venues, reduced live-fire training due to drought and increased wildfire risk, and increased costs for maintenance and infrastructure reinforcement …

Arizona Website Supports Military Children in Transition

  • July 1, 2014
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Arizona has launched a website to help students of military families and school personnel navigate the challenges associated with frequent relocations. The website’s development follows a 2012 executive order from Gov. Jan Brewer (R) establishing a council to coordinate the state’s participation in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children with local school districts and military installations, reported Sonoran News. The council and the interstate compact are designed to address issues such as enrollment, class placement, records transfer, immunization requirements, graduation requirements, attendance, exit testing and extracurricular opportunities. “This new website provides Arizona schools and military families with support to ensure all students have access to critical information when moving to a new school,” Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said in a written statement.

Navy Offers Tours to Highlight Massive Hunters Point Cleanup

  • July 1, 2014
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The Navy has been offering the public behind-the-scenes tours of the cleanup and redevelopment at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard as part of an outreach effort to residents in surrounding neighborhoods and throughout San Francisco. During the two-hour bus tour held on Saturday, a group of 45 individuals learned about the Navy’s $1.1 billion effort to remove contaminants from the shipyard, including radium, arsenic, nickel, manganese, dioxins and PCBs, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. “They call this the billion-dollar base,” said Keith Forman, the Navy’s environmental coordinator for the shipyard …

Park Service Unveils Draft Plan for Ft. Monroe

  • July 1, 2014
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The National Park Service last week sketched its goals for sharing Fort Monroe National Monument with the public. The park service’s release of the site’s draft foundation document comes more than two-and-a-half years after President Obama designated 325 acres of the former Fort Monroe a national monument. Since then, the park service, the Army, the commonwealth of Virginia and the city of Hampton have been working to make Fort Monroe, located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, a seamless park …

Local Initiative to Highlight Strengths at Fort Benning ahead of Army Downsizing

  • July 1, 2014
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Faced with the prospect of losing thousands of soldiers as the Army considers a new round of personnel reductions, leaders from Columbus, Ga., have launched a “Fort Benning Partnership” initiative to let Army officials and federal lawmakers know the value of the post’s missions, personnel and assets. “Our citizens need to know how serious of a threat this is to our community, and it’s really the broader Chattahoochee Valley community,” said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson …

Pentagon Needs to Bolster Climate Change Planning Efforts, GAO Finds

  • July 1, 2014
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In the past several years, the Defense Department has identified the impacts of climate change, such as rising temperatures and sea levels, as potential threats to its infrastructure, prompting the department to begin assessing installations’ vulnerability to climate change and to incorporate the phenomenon into installation planning efforts. Due to a number of limitations in its planning efforts, though, DOD needs to better prepare for the impacts of climate change, according to a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) …

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