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Federal Partnership to Train Veterans for Solar Industry Jobs

  • September 18, 2014
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The Energy Department will launch a veterans’ job training pilot project at up to three military installations this fall to train veterans for jobs in the solar industry, the White House announced Thursday. The pilot project will rely on DOE’s network of more than 400 community college-based solar training institutions to train veterans for jobs in solar system design, installation, sales and inspection, according to a White House fact sheet. The White House announced the project as part of more than a dozen executive actions to advance the deployment of solar energy and promote energy efficiency. In April, the administration launched the Capital Solar Challenge, directing federal agencies, military installations and federally subsidized complexes to identify opportunities to deploy solar energy at federal locations across the National Capital region. The General Services Administration is hosting an industry day on Oct. 23 to discuss potential opportunities and explain its procurement approach to developers and investors.

Air Force Unveils Plan to Accelerate Kirtland Cleanup

  • September 18, 2014
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The Air Force announced plans Wednesday to begin drilling cleanup wells to stop a fuel plume from Kirtland Air Force Base before it can reach municipal drinking water wells in southeast Albuquerque. In a meeting with Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and other stakeholder groups, Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and infrastructure, said extraction wells would begin pulling contaminants from the groundwater by June 2015 …

CR Headed to President following Senate Approval

  • September 18, 2014
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A continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Dec. 11 is heading to the White House for President Obama’s signature, after the Senate on Thursday passed the stopgap by a 78-22 vote during a relatively uneventful session. The fiscal 2015 spending measure also includes the president’s request for authorization to arm and equip Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State. The Senate did not, however, hold a separate vote on the language since the House already added it to the bill Wednesday as an amendment. Still to be determined when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill following the midterm elections is how they will fund agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year …

Panel Points to Funding, Water Supply, Security as Key Installation Challenges

  • September 18, 2014
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With declining budgets for sustainment and construction, and facilities continuing to deteriorate, installation officials throughout DOD are facing “doom and gloom,” John Conger, the department’s acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, said during the opening session at this week’s ADC 2014 Defense Policy Forum. As officials face greater risks regarding the condition of their infrastructure, though, they will be forced to consider innovative ideas to operate their bases more efficiently that they wouldn’t have considered otherwise. “People are going to be more willing to try new things,” Conger said …

Air Museum Slated for $24M Facility at Former Willow Grove NAS

  • September 17, 2014
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A $24 million plan to overhaul the Wings of Freedom Museum at the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pa., could transform the museum into a regional destination featuring an all-glass exhibit hall to showcase aircraft now stored outdoors. The Delaware Valley Historical Aviation Association unveiled the project and a rendering of the 33,500-square-foot, solar-powered museum on Wednesday, reported the Bucks County Courier Times. “We think it is going to make the museum one of the jewels of Montgomery County and the greater Philadelphia region …

Residents Show up at LRA Meeting to Oppose Ft. McPherson Sale

  • September 17, 2014
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More than 100 residents showed up Tuesday at a regular meeting of the Fort McPherson LRA to air their concerns about the authority’s agreement to sell two-thirds of the post to filmmaker Tyler Perry. Many community members turned out after receiving calls from state Sen. Vincent Fort and a local nonprofit upset that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had abandoned the mixed-use plan for the site that the LRA had spent years crafting, according to the Saporta Report. Fort told the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority that he was concerned about the lack of community engagement regarding the decision to sell 330 acres of the 488-acre site to Perry …

Northeastern Maryland Communities Embark on Land Use Study for Proving Ground

  • September 17, 2014
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Residents, business leaders and local officials from communities surrounding Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., gathered at two public workshops this week to learn about the joint land use study being launched to ensure land uses around the installation remain compatible with its existing and future missions. The study is expected to focus on a variety of issues that could result in conflicts — including noise, safety zones, light and glare, vertical obstructions, roadway capacity and air quality, according to the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, which is coordinating the effort …

Navy’s Number Two Installations Official Stepping Down

  • September 17, 2014
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Roger Natsuhara, who has served as both the Navy’s top energy and installations official in an interim capacity as well as the top deputy, is stepping down this week after serving five years with the department’s office of the assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. Natsuhara is moving to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he will become vice president for design and construction, according to a Navy spokesperson. Since he was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary in August 2009, Natsuhara has been at the helm of several major initiatives …

Senate Expected to Send CR to President Today

  • September 17, 2014
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The Senate on Thursday plans to quickly approve a fiscal 2015 continuing resolution to keep the federal government running through Dec. 11, after the House on Wednesday passed the measure by a 319-108 vote. The Senate will debate the stopgap for up to four-and-a-half hours Thursday afternoon before taking a final vote, reported CQ. The chamber won’t need to hold a separate vote on authorizing the United States to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State since the House added that language as an amendment to the CR on Wednesday …

Pentagon Names New Facilities Energy Director

  • September 16, 2014
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Lisa Jung, who has been serving as the acting director of DOD’s facilities energy and privatization directorate, was named the office’s director, the department announced Tuesday. Jung also was appointed to the Senior Executive Service. She has served as the acting director since earlier this year after Joe Sikes left the position. Jung previously served as a program analyst in the department. The facilities energy and privatization directorate, part of the office of the deputy undersecretary for installations and energy, is responsible for issuing facility energy policy and guidance, coordinating the department’s facility energy strategy, engaging with DOD components and coordinating all congressional reports related to facility energy.

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