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Former McClellan AFB Ready for Next Property Transfer

  • June 24, 2014
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McClellan Business Park, the redevelopment project at the former McClellan Air Force Base in northern California, shortly will accept ownership of an additional 198 acres of land from the Air Force. The business park already has been managing leasing for much of the tract, but a formal title transfer will make the job easier, said Alan Hersh, senior vice president for the project. Officially, the Air Force will hand the site over to Sacramento County before it goes to the business park. The property most likely will be used for aviation and industrial activities. All base property is scheduled to be turned over to the business park by 2019, reports the Sacramento Business Journal.

OEA Grant to Support County’s Response to Cutbacks at Ohio Manufacturing Facility

  • June 24, 2014
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Allen County, Ohio, will receive a $219,680 grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment to help it respond to layoffs at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center prompted by reductions in defense procurement, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. The economic adjustment assistance funds are part of a larger $244,680 project helping the region expand job creation opportunities and assist businesses and workers harmed by defense cutbacks at the facility, formerly the Lima Tank Plant …

Candidates Highlight Their Ability to Protect Bases in Looming BRAC Round

  • June 24, 2014
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A staple of campaigns across the country has been claims by incumbents and challengers as to how they are the better candidate to ensure a local installation survives the threat of additional base closures. In the Republican race for the Senate in Mississippi, incumbent Thad Cochran has relied on exactly that kind of argument to gain an advantage against his tea party rival. “Sen. Cochran has the power and experience to protect the Gulf Coast …

Officials Find Savings from Joint Basing at Lewis-McChord

  • June 24, 2014
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While cost savings from DOD’s joint basing initiative have been slow to appear, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Wash., is citing more than $9 million in savings since Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base formally merged in October 2010. The savings have come from a variety of sources: $3.3 million in fuel savings annually for the 62nd Airlift Wing through increased use of the Army’s Yakima Training Center in Central Washington; $350,000 a year in maintenance by merging the two services’ fire departments …

Policy Bill Debate Still Not on Senate Calendar

  • June 24, 2014
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Senate leaders still have not scheduled time to debate the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill on the chamber floor, Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday. Levin said Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) understands the importance of the measure, but at this point, “I have no way of knowing when the leader’s going to find a place for it.” The chairman is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year when the Senate didn’t take up the bill until November …

S.C. Legislation Eases Burden on Military Families

  • June 23, 2014
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South Carolina lawmakers believe they have made the state more military friendly after the Legislature last week passed a measure with a variety of provisions designed to improve the quality of life for service members and their families, and veterans. Four of the provisions came from DOD’s list of 10 quality-of-life issues it wants states to advance, reported the State. Jim Wegmann, chairman of the Beaufort Military Enhancement Committee, said the bill’s passage would help position the installations around Beaufort and the state to survive the next BRAC round …

Alabama City Considers Investing in Schools to Support Ft. Rucker

  • June 23, 2014
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Enterprise City Schools are asking for assistance from the city council to fund a $16.5 million improvement plan designed in part to bolster the community’s support of nearby Fort Rucker. At a joint work session last week of the school board and city council, Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell applauded the school superintendent for helping the city prepare for an impending BRAC round. “I sit on the Military Stability Commission for the state of Alabama, and education has been at the focus of every meeting over the last year or so …

Air Force Signs Deal to Privatize Power at Hill AFB

  • June 23, 2014
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The Air Force has signed a $281.6 million contract with Long Beach, Calif.-based City Light & Power to privatize the electrical distribution system at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The power company will invest $5 million during the first year of the 50-year contract to bring the installation’s electrical system up to industry standards. The agreement is the second utility privatization contract the Air Force signed this year for Hill …

Maryland Communities Ramp up Efforts to Strengthen Installations

  • June 23, 2014
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Defense communities throughout Maryland are taking a careful look at their strengths and weaknesses to ensure local installations come out ahead in future deliberations over paring down military infrastructure. It may not be clear how soon another BRAC round will be conducted, but spending reductions already are on the way. “There are going to be cuts,” said Mike Hayes, director of the state’s office of military affairs …

Army Shrinks following Officer Separations

  • June 23, 2014
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About 1,100 Army captains and 500 majors are slated to receive notice over the next month that their Army careers will end shortly as the service continues to draw down to an active-duty end strength of 490,000 soldiers. About 500 noncommissioned officers also will be subject this year to early separation forced by strict defense spending caps imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell told Stars and Stripes that the cuts aren’t something anyone wanted. “They’re in the Army now, and in other times they’d probably continue to stay in the Army …

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