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High-Profile Advisory Board to Advance ADC’s Mission

  • June 2, 2014
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ADC has formed a national advisory board to further its mission by providing guidance on strategic and policy issues and raising its profile within Washington and private industry, the association’s board of directors announced Monday. The advisory board will have a prestigious roster representing a cross-section of ADC’s members with a past or present connection to the association, and include several former senior Pentagon officials. To date, the inaugural advisory board includes six members: Dorothy Robyn, former deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment; former commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service …

House Spending Bill Would Allow Air Force to Eliminate A-10s

  • June 2, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 spending bill approved Friday by the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee would allow the Air Force to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft, even while rejecting many of DOD’s austerity measures intended to cope with next year’s statutory spending cap. The Air Force’s plan to retire its fleet of 283 A-10 Warthogs, designed to save $4.2 billion over five years, is overturned in the defense authorization bills advanced by the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee. Last week’s move adds to the uncertainty over the A-10 for the time being …

Committee Urges DOD to Consider Local Reuse Potential for Military Property

  • June 2, 2014
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Defense officials should consider the steps the department could take to assess the local redevelopment potential for military properties and facilities, according to the report of the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill. “Prior to approving new construction or upgrades, the department should consider local interest, property value and related cost savings that could result from the transfer and disposal of facilities or properties …

Military Personnel More Likely to Engage in Troubling Financial Behaviors, Survey Shows

  • June 2, 2014
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The personal finances of service members are significantly weaker than the general population, according to a new survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. In many cases, military personnel are approximately twice as likely to engage in risky financial practices, including carrying credit debt from month to month, taking a cash advance from a credit card and making less than the minimum payment in the past year. Overall, 77 percent of service members said they have financial worries, with 57 percent saying they are very worried about the potential loss of income and job security due to defense cuts and downsizing. The survey found that 55 percent of military personnel believe they are financially prepared to deal with an emergency, according to press release.

Senate Panel Maintains Freeze on Guam Buildup Funding

  • June 1, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill approved last month by the Senate Armed Services Committee would extend the ban on the use of U.S. or Japanese funds for facilities on Guam needed to accommodate the arrival of Marine Corps forces from Okinawa until the Defense Department completes a master plan for construction needed to support the buildup. “The bill approved by the committee makes the hard choices necessary to preserve our military readiness and uphold our obligations to our men and women in uniform and their families in a difficult fiscal environment …

Tester Helps Preserve Flying Mission at Great Falls ANG Base

  • June 1, 2014
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Since entering office seven years ago, Montana Sen. Jon Tester has been a champion of his state’s defense facilities and a valuable ally of the Montana Defense Alliance. When the Montana Air National Guard faced the prospect of losing its F-15 fighter mission, Tester led the state’s campaign to overturn the plan. While the fight was unsuccessful, the senator then focused the state’s effort on identifying a replacement mission to preserve the jobs that otherwise would be eliminated …

Legislative Solution to Save Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Remains Alive

  • June 1, 2014
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Supporters of the 440th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field, received some positive news after language to suspend the unit’s deactivation was added to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee. North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan (D) introduced the amendment last month in response to the Air Force’s FY 2015 budget request, which calls for retiring the 440th’s 12 C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft. Hagan’s amendment would halt all C-130H and C-130J aircraft transfers until 60 days after the Air Force issues a report outlining a justification of its decision …

Eglin EUL Enhances Mission while Supporting Upgrades for Base Facilities

  • June 1, 2014
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Air Force officials had plenty of reasons to be happy during last month’s ribbon-cutting for a resort hotel at Fort Walton Beach built on property owned by Eglin AFB. The 152-room Holiday Inn Destin West Resort on the Florida Panhandle, developed by Emerald Breeze Resort Group through an enhanced use lease (EUL), will provide the installation with an added revenue stream to fund infrastructure upgrades and repairs. The EUL program has helped make up for a significant shortfall in Eglin’s budget for facility repairs and upgrades, providing almost $30 million through in-kind payments from existing projects …

Housing Construction at Treasure Island Could Begin in 2016

  • May 29, 2014
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Despite concerns about radiation contamination on parts of Treasure Island, the master developer is proceeding with plans to begin housing construction on the former naval station located in San Francisco Bay. The Navy may transfer the eastern end of the island along with all of adjacent Yerba Buena Island to San Francisco by the end of the year. At that point, the property would be turned over the development team of Lennar and Wilson Meany, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Housing construction could begin on Yerba Buena by the middle of 2016, with 500 units completed by 2018, Lennar Urban President Kofi Bonner told the paper. Meanwhile, the Navy is planning to conduct radiological surveys of all occupied housing units on Treasure Island. The western end of the island, where the testing will occur, would be conveyed to the city between 2016 and 2021.

Kansas Rep. Fights for Defense Communities through House Caucus, Support for Ammo Plant Reuse

  • May 29, 2014
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Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins, who helped establish the House Defense Communities Caucus and end a long-running dispute delaying the transfer of Kansas Army Ammunition Plant to the community, has been selected to receive ADC’s Congressional Leadership Award. Jenkins helped launched the Defense Communities Caucus in the House in March 2011 with Rep. Sam Farr (Calif.) to advance issues facing communities with active or closed installations …

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