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Isakson Helped Form Defense Communities Caucus, Ease Veterans’ Transition

  • June 3, 2014
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Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, who helped establish the Senate Defense Communities Caucus and has fought to expand employment opportunities for the nation’s military veterans, has been selected to receive ADC’s Congressional Leadership Award. Isakson launched the Senate Defense Communities Caucus along with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp one year ago. The aim of the caucus, a counterpart to a similar one established in the House in 2011, is to help communities better integrate service members into the community, support returning service members …

Spending Bill includes Extra Funds to Speed BRAC Cleanups

  • June 3, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee boosted the Pentagon’s budget request for past BRAC rounds by $110 million in an effort to expedite the cleanup of closed and realigned installations. The committee recommended $380 million for the base closure account in the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill it approved last month. Congress allocated $451 million for the account in the current year …

European Basing Review Nearing Completion

  • June 3, 2014
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DOD officials are expected to complete their review of European infrastructure and submit their recommendations for consolidating facilities to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel within two months, and possibly much sooner. The list of 21 minor, non-operational facilities the Pentagon said it would close last month were just the start of a planned set of closures of actual installations stemming from the European Infrastructure Consolidation review launched more than a year ago, reports Stars and Stripes. The final stages of the infrastructure review come at an awkward time, however, with the emergence of a new flashpoint in Eastern Europe following Russia’s intervention in Ukraine …

Senate Panel Bolsters DOD’s Milcon Request with Funds for Quality-of-Life Needs

  • June 3, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee added $465 million in quality-of-life construction projects to the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill due to concerns that needs such as troop housing, child care centers and fitness centers were overlooked in DOD’s budget request. The department’s $2.1 billion military construction request for FY 2015 represents a 40 percent decline from current year funding, a decision the committee said it understood given the need to provide additional money for readiness accounts. Still, “military construction is the foundation of military readiness, but it is too often the go-to bill payer in constrained budget environments, resulting in the sometimes indefinite deferral of many meritorious construction projects …

Missouri’s Camp Crowder Not Crowded by Surrounding Community, JLUS Reveals

  • June 2, 2014
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Operations at Camp Crowder, a 4,400-acre base operated by the Missouri National Guard, are not jeopardized by surrounding land uses, according to the results of a recently completed joint land use study (JLUS). About a third of the land adjacent to Camp Crowder already is protected from development, one third has been developed for commercial, residential or intensive agricultural use, and the remaining third is undeveloped. The facility isn’t threatened by future growth either …

Miller Has Led Conversion of Kelly AFB to Thriving Industrial Park

  • June 2, 2014
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Over the past 12 years, Bruce Miller has helped transform the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio into a 1,900-acre industrial complex that is home to over 80 private and public organizations and 12,000 workers centered in the aerospace, logistics, manufacturing and federal sectors. When he arrived in San Antonio after being named president and CEO, the reuse project already had an established base of tenants in the aerospace industry that preserved much of the base’s civilian workforce pre-dating Kelly’s closure. Miller in turn opted to focus on strategic redevelopment, tackling the need to demolish or rehabilitate existing facilities and upgrade aging infrastructure …

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.

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