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Milcon Panel Praises DOD’s Energy Initiatives

  • May 31, 2015
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The Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee commends the Defense Department for its efforts to invest in renewable energy projects and energy security, improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill. Those efforts, along with the department’s programs to enhance water conservation and to improve the security of installation energy sources, are critical components of DOD’s strategy to meet federal goals for reliance on renewable energy and resource conservation …

Weapons Station Neighbors await Master Developer Decision

  • May 31, 2015
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Concord residents played a significant role in crafting a reuse plan for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station and with the city close to selecting a master developer for the East Bay site in northern California, homeowners group are confident the most important elements of the plan will be realized over the coming decades. The plan allows for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres, with about 70 percent of the weapons station preserved as parkland or open space. The plan also calls for a greenway buffer separating the new homes from existing neighborhoods, a key priority of homeowners groups. Clustering high-density housing near the North Concord/Martinez BART transit station will help ensure the project meets its open space goals …

Fairbanks Leaders, Eielson AFB Ink Partnership Deals

  • May 31, 2015
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Officials from Fairbanks, other local governments and Eielson Air Force Base last week signed a charter agreement to participate in the Air Force Community Partnership Program, along with separate agreements setting up specific partnerships. The agreements signed Thursday will allow surrounding communities to collaborate with Eielson to help military spouses find jobs, connect local residents with job openings on the installation and use the base’s indoor turf fields in the winter. The agreements are “the first step in a long process,” said Col. Michael Winkler, commander of the 354th Fighter Wing …

Air Force Adjusts A4 Title

  • May 31, 2015
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The Air Force has removed “installations and mission support” from the title for the Headquarters Air Force A4 area of responsibility and renamed it “Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection.” This title change is aimed at better aligning the Air Force organization with the structure of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to a press release. The move also is part of ongoing Air Force efforts to reduce overhead and achieve greater efficiencies through the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center …

Defense Industry Adjustment Program Would Be Eliminated under Senate Policy Bill

  • May 28, 2015
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DOD’s program for supporting communities coping with the cancellation of a defense contract or a major reduction in defense spending would be eliminated under the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 14. The committee calls for stripping out $33.1 million from the Pentagon’s $110.6 million FY 2016 budget request for the Office of Economic Adjustment that would fund the agency’s defense industry adjustment program. The committee also recommended stripping out $20.0 million from the request for civilian water and wastewater infrastructure improvements needed on Guam to accommodate an influx of Marines …

Services Should Make Water Conservation a Priority, Milcon Panel Says

  • May 28, 2015
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Prolonged droughts in California and other states should serve as “a wake-up call” to DOD to redouble its efforts to manage and conserve water at its installations, according to the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. The panel said it was concerned by the prospect of increasingly severe drought-related water shortages, particularly in the West and Southwest. In its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill, the committee urged the department to take several steps to preserve scarce water resources …

Does the Comfort of On-base Housing Contribute to the Civil-Military Divide?

  • May 28, 2015
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Large military bases have all the amenities of a small town — schools, health clinics, recreational facilities, and plenty of shopping choices. While the vast upgrades in family housing compared to previous generations have helped to make life more comfortable for military families living on base, some experts worry that the growing self-sufficiency at mega-bases adds to the sense of a divided society …

Pennsylvania County Forms Group to Advocate for Ft. Indiantown Gap

  • May 28, 2015
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Lebanon County commissioners have formed a local defense group to shield Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training center in southeastern Pennsylvania, from possible cuts in a future BRAC round. The commissioners earlier received a $25,000 grant from the state to organize a local group to promote the installation, which employs 2,000 personnel. The commissioners will lead the local defense group with the support of a committee made up of staff members from Fort Indiantown Gap, county planners, local elected officials, business leaders and other stakeholders. The group’s first assignment will be to conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the post …

Arkansas Legislature Endorses Incentive Package for Lockheed Martin

  • May 28, 2015
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Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday approved an $87 million bond issue to allow Lockheed Martin to build joint light tactical vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps at its facility in Camden. The Maryland-based defense contractor would only receive the incentive package if it wins a DOD contract, which is expected to be awarded this summer. The company is competing against Indiana-based AM General and Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense. The joint light tactical vehicle would replace the Humvee made by AM General. With the incentive package, Lockheed has said it would create 589 jobs and retain 556 at its plant in southern Arkansas …

Colorado Should Focus on Encroachment, Local Infrastructure to Fend off BRAC, Report Says

  • May 27, 2015
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While Colorado has numerous assets that can be expected to work in its favor in the event of a new BRAC round, state officials need to act with urgency to promote the state’s value to DOD, according to a report released by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday. “The specter of sequestration beginning in FY16 is a shadow hanging over most internal DOD planning and programming deliberations,” the 82-page report says. “Colorado should be proactively monitoring the Washington political climate on DOD budget reductions, force structure realignments and strategy changes.” One focus of the report is the need to protect the state’s installations and training ranges from encroachment, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. One thorny issue state officials need to address is the 238,000-acre Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, a training site for Fort Carson that the Army has tried in the past to expand over the opposition of local ranchers …

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