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State Senator Urges Army to Scrutinize Ft. McPherson Sale to Tyler Perry

  • August 26, 2014
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State Sen. Vincent Fort (D), whose district includes the former Fort McPherson, is asking the Army to consider the repercussions of allowing the LRA to sell two-thirds of the post to filmmaker Tyler Perry, given the many years spent by community members crafting a mixed-use plan for the site. The proposed sale is “an abandonment of the approved … plan and is a betrayal of the citizens of East Point and Atlanta,” Fort said in an Aug. 7 letter to Army Secretary John McHugh. “There was a master plan in process that went on for several years,” he told Army Times last week …

Budget Pressures Spurring Greater Integration among Air Force Components, Chief Says

  • August 26, 2014
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The functions and roles of the Air Force’s active-duty, Guard and reserve components will continue to be further integrated, the service’s top officer told several thousand members of the National Guard on Saturday. “If we can become more efficient as an Air Force without losing operational capability, by putting more things in the Air Guard and reserve component, then why wouldn’t we?” Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told the general conference of the National Guard Association of the United States …

Army Task Force Hashes out Force Structure Changes, Other Strategic Issues

  • August 26, 2014
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Army Undersecretary Brad Carson, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell and other senior Army leaders have been meeting weekly to figure out the best way for the service to address a variety of strategic decisions, including personnel cuts and other changes stemming from stringent spending caps. “The future [decisions] will be about all of the issues you can imagine … from controlling compensation, cyber and the Army strategic planning process,” Carson said of the forums. “There are probably 20 or 30 different budget issues and programming issues that are important in the Army …

Unused Runway Converted to Training Site for Air Reserve Programs

  • August 26, 2014
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A dead runway at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., is now being used to train airmen for a variety of occupations, including tractor trailer and crane operators, and explosive ordnance disposal technicians. Dobbins donated the runway and several acres of land to the Air Force Reserve Command’s Expeditionary Combat Support Training Certification Center in 2001, according to Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs. AFCEC manages some of the training programs offered by the training center; other programs include mobile aircraft arresting systems and use of the reverse osmosis water purification unit …

Moody AFB Tapped to Host Afghan Training Mission

  • August 26, 2014
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The Air Force has selected Moody AFB, Ga., as the stateside training location to train the Afghan Air Force to fly and maintain a fleet of A-29 aircraft, after completing its environmental analysis. In June, officials announced Moody as its preferred alternative, with Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and Shaw AFB, S.C., named as reasonable alternatives for the mission proposed to last from 2014 through 2018 …

Solar Firms Learn Details about Redstone Arsenal Project

  • August 26, 2014
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An industry day held last week for the development of a solar energy facility capable of generating up to 18,000 megawatt hours annually at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., attracted 23 of the 49 firms pre-qualified under the Army’s $7 billion multiple-award, task order contract. The project — developed by the arsenal’s Directorate of Public Works, the Energy Initiatives Task Force and the Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville — represents the first power purchase agreement developed under the MATOC …

Local Leaders Press Their Case to Protect Installations from Further Army Downsizing

  • August 25, 2014
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Officials continued to make the case to shield local installations from the Army’s second round of personnel cuts in the last days before the Aug. 25 deadline for the public to comment on the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) now underway. The supplemental PEA measures the environmental and economic impacts from potential reductions in personnel at a total of 30 installations needed to shrink the Army’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 420,000 by 2020. The environmental review is a precursor to a military value analysis needed to determine how actual cuts will be allocated …

House Republicans Likely to Push for Longer CR

  • August 25, 2014
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While both parties agree on the need to pass a stopgap spending bill in September, a dispute may break out over how long it should last. With the potential for Republicans to gain control of the Senate next year, some House Republicans may push for a fiscal 2015 continuing resolution (CR) to extend until sometime in 2015. Democrats, however, want the stopgap to end in December so lawmakers can hash out a deal on an omnibus after the midterm elections. “This could lead to a real standoff,” a senior House Republican leadership aide told Government Executive …

Prospective Senate Chairman Looks to Raise His Profile

  • August 24, 2014
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Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed (D) appears to be trying to boost his image, primarily through appearances on Sunday morning talk shows, to get ready for the possibility that he will become the next chairman of the Armed Services Committee. For that to happen, the Democrats would have to retain control of the Senate in the next Congress, an iffy prospect at this point. “If the Senate doesn’t flip [to Republicans], he assuredly gets the gavel,” Mackenzie Eaglen, a defense analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, told the Hill. The former Army Ranger is expected to be elected easily in November to his fourth term in the Senate. If Democrats succeed in retaining the majority, Reed will find himself contending with Republican committee members with much higher profiles, including Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), according to the story. Current Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) is retiring at the end of the year.

State, Local Funds to Upgrade Rail Line Serving Letterkenny Army Depot

  • August 24, 2014
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A nearly $1 million project approved earlier this month by Pennsylvania’s Transportation Commission will realign the rail line serving Letterkenny Army Depot and the Cumberland Valley Business Park, a project aimed at streamlining the transport of rail cars to the two facilities in south central Pennsylvania. The state is contributing $656,320 to the effort, with the Franklin County General Authority (FGCA) and its rail contractor splitting the remaining $281,280 cost …

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