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Aberdeen PG Faces Loss of Chemical Battalion

  • September 30, 2014
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The 22nd Chemical Battalion, a 270-soldier unit responsible for assessing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, may be relocated from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., in 2016 or later, the post’s garrison commander said at a public meeting last month. While the number of personnel is relatively small compared to a workforce of 22,000, such a move would represent a significant portion of Aberdeen’s military component. Service members make up only 3 percent of the workers at the installation …

Colorado Springs Leaders Work Together to Defend Military Bases

  • September 30, 2014
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Despite political differences, a delegation of 13 business and community leaders from the Pikes Peak region presented a united front this week as they visited with Pentagon officials and Capitol Hill staff in an attempt to stave off deep spending cuts to the region’s five installations. Even before the Army decides what posts will lose personnel as it figures how to shrink its active-duty end strength by 70,000 soldiers, Fort Carson and other installations in the Colorado Springs region already are coping with recent cuts. Fort Carson will lose 1,500 soldiers in the coming weeks as one of its brigade combat teams is disestablished …

Navy Seeks Partners for Renewable Energy Development in California

  • September 30, 2014
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The Department of Energy’s Western Area Power Administration, in partnership with the Navy, has issued a request for proposals to meet the renewable energy needs of 14 Navy installations in California. The solicitation represents the largest single purchase of renewable energy by a DOD entity, according to a Navy press release. It also marks the first significant milestone by the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office, which Navy Secretary Ray Mabus stood up in May. The office was created to identify cost-effective renewable energy projects for Navy installations. The Navy plans to purchase power from a new renewable energy generation project for up to 25 years …

Ryan Sets Sights on ‘Medium’ Budget Deal

  • September 30, 2014
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A “grand bargain” budget agreement replacing the existing Budget Control Act spending caps with alternate deficit reduction measures most likely is off the table for the remainder of the Obama presidency, but a smaller-scale deal may be possible, says Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee. Ryan blames Obama’s unwillingness to consider wholesale reform of entitlement programs for the failure of Congress and the administration in recent years to reach a deal to get the nation’s debt under control. As a result, he is abandoning his pursuit of a comprehensive deficit reduction agreement …

DOD Releases Annual Facilities Inventory

  • September 29, 2014
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A database of DOD’s worldwide inventory of more than 4,000 sites, with figures detailing the number of buildings, acres and the plant replacement value, for fiscal 2014 was released earlier this month. A separate section of the Base Structure Report includes personnel data for every U.S. installation. That section includes the number of military personnel — broken down by service — and civilian workers by installation. One chart in the 199-page report — a snapshot of data from the military departments as of Sept. 30, 2013 — shows the total number of active installations by service: Army — 105; Navy — 108; and Air Force — 87 …

Washington State Receives $4.3M DOD Grant to Prepare for Downsizing

  • September 29, 2014
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Washington state will received a $4.3 million grant from DOD to support local efforts to address the impact of potential downsizing of the military and the state’s defense industry, Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week. The grant, from the Office of Economic Adjustment, will help carry out a statewide strategy to minimize the impacts of military downsizing on regional businesses and communities. The plan, developed in collaboration with the Washington Military Alliance and the Department of Commerce, will: assess the extent of the military and defense contracting footprint in the state; create a strategy and support system to reduce the exposure of regional businesses that are overly reliant on defense spending …

Female Veterans Forced to Cope with Services Designed for Men

  • September 29, 2014
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Women leaving the military face significant gaps in service compared to their male counterparts in health care, employment, community reintegration, housing and disability compensation, according to a new report by the Disabled American Veterans. Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home reveals that the number of women serving in the armed forces is increasing dramatically, with women making up 20 percent of new recruits, 14.5 percent of the 1.4 million service members on active duty and 18 percent of 850,000 reservists. At the same time, they are being put at risk by federal agencies and community service providers that fail to understand that women are affected by military service and deployment differently than men, the report says …

Outlook for Hanscom AFB Appears Bright, Officials Say

  • September 29, 2014
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While the prospect of a future BRAC round makes community leaders neighboring Hanscom Air Force Base anxious, officials overall are confident that the Boston-area installation will survive the Pentagon’s next base-cutting exercise. One reason is the strength of the local workforce, which includes several thousand contractors at Lincoln Labs and MITRE. “The intellectual capital that is available around Hanscom base is not replicated anywhere else around the country,” said Sara Mattes, a former selectman from Lincoln …

House Republicans Question Defense Cuts amid Renewed Mideast Operations

  • September 29, 2014
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Senior House Republicans are questioning how the Pentagon can adhere to the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps at the same time it is forced to respond to the rise of the Islamic State and other missions around the globe. On Monday, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said the defense spending cap slated to be imposed in fiscal 2016 would create a challenge as the nation opposes the Islamic State, reported the Hill. “I don’t think sequestration and increased efforts in Syria, in Iraq are compatible,” Rogers said …

College Graduation Rates are Major Factor in Veterans Unemployment Rate

  • September 28, 2014
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Veterans between 25-34 are significantly more likely to be unemployed than non-veterans in the same age group,according to a recent Brookings Institution study…

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