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Prospects for Enacting Relief from Sequester Improve as Global Crises Mount

  • October 28, 2014
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The confluence of multiple unplanned demands on the nation’s military and the possibility that Republicans will capture the Senate are helping the chances that Congress acts to shield the Pentagon from the full impact of the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps starting in fiscal 2016. While it remains unlikely that Congress will abolish the stringent caps, the prospects are decent that it will provide some relief, Todd Harrison, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told the Hill. “The only really feasible solution is a small deal that raises the defense budget caps by $5 to $10 billion and also raises the non-defense budget caps by the same amount …

Partnership Talks between Malmstrom AFB, Local Officials Advance

  • October 27, 2014
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Discussions that began earlier this year between leaders at Malmstrom Air Force Base and community officials aimed at sharing installation support services for a variety of functions are starting to yield results. The central Montana installation and Great Falls College Montana State University will collaborate in a training co-op for airmen and college students in the field of respiratory therapy, reported KFBB. The partnership will allow military personnel and community members to participate in training programs for law enforcement, medical and other professions …

Devens Stands out as Exemplar of BRAC Redevelopment, Hammack Says

  • October 27, 2014
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During a visit last week to Army Garrison Fort Devens, the Army’s chief installations official praised the post as a model for “productive reuse” following the closure of Fort Devens in March 1996. “As we look at the Army inventory and consider another round of Base Realignment and Closure, [we’re] looking at models of how bases can be productively reused,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. “And in this case, it’s to benefit the Army Reserve; it’s to the benefit of some of our testing commands, [such as] Natick Labs, [which] does work here …

Lend Lease Marks Opening of World’s Largest Candlewood Suites

  • October 27, 2014
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Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships last week hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston to celebrate the opening of the world’s largest Candlewood Suites as part of the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program. The five-story, 153,685-square-foot hotel is designed as an extended-stay model with 310 studio and one-bedroom suites offering full kitchenettes and large work areas. Features include a swimming pool with patio pavilion; business, fitness and laundry facilities; daily hot breakfast; and a free on-post shuttle. The Army launched the PAL program in 2009 to revitalize on-post lodging facilities for soldiers, their families and government travelers …

Florida Communities to Receive $2.6M to Strengthen Local Installations

  • October 27, 2014
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Thirteen projects in 10 counties were awarded $2.6 million through the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program to strengthen the state’s bases ahead of possible realignment actions by DOD, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced Monday. “We will continue to work to make Florida the best place in the nation for military service members and their families to live and work, and this $2.59 million in Florida Defense Support Task Force Grants will further help us support our military installations,” Scott said, according to a press release. The Florida Defense Support Task Force was created in 2011 to make recommendations to preserve and protect military installations, support the state’s position in research and development related to military missions and contracting, and improve the state’s military-friendly environment for service members, military families, military retirees and businesses that bring military and base-related jobs to the state …

Treasure Island Developers Ready to Move Ahead following Court Decision

  • October 26, 2014
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The team of developers planning to turn Treasure Island into a $1.5 billion residential and commercial neighborhood is eager to press on after the state Supreme Court last week dismissed an appeal of the environmental reviews conducted for the reuse project by the city of San Francisco. Citizens for a Sustainable Treasure Island filed a lawsuit claiming the city’s environmental study was inadequate because it lacked details about building design and failed to specify plans to clean up the site located in San Francisco Bay, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. But after an appeals court affirmed a lower court ruling in July upholding the studies, the state’s high court on Wednesday rejected the group’s request to review the decision …

D.C. Hospital’s Bid for Chunk of Walter Reed Could Jeopardize Reuse Project

  • October 26, 2014
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The State Department’s request to redraw the boundaries for splitting the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center between it and the District of Columbia in response to an effort by a Washington, D.C.-based pediatric hospital to obtain a parcel on the campus threatens the city’s redevelopment plans, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said last week. The Children’s National Medical Center obtained language in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill permitting the Army to convey 13.2 acres to the hospital at no cost for a biomedical research institute. The tract would come out of the 43.5-acre parcel slated to be conveyed to the State Department for a foreign missions center …

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Law Formalizing Commission to Preserve Installations

  • October 26, 2014
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) last week enacted legislation codifying the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission in state law. The move makes permanent the commission which was originally established by an executive order in 2012 to explore strategies to preserve and enhance the state’s installations ahead of a future BRAC, reported the Chambersburg Public Opinion. “The commonwealth will be better prepared to defend our vital economic defense engine when the federal government considers cuts …

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.

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