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AUSA Head Denounces Legislation Calling for Army Commission

  • February 14, 2014
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A House bill that would form a commission to make recommendations about how the Army’s force structure should be allocated between the service’s active and reserve components is misguided, according to the head of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). “Such a commission is unnecessary, could damage Army readiness, and would impede the Army’s ability to implement spending reductions required by the 2011 Budget Control Act,” AUSA President Gordon Sullivan wrote in a Feb. 11 letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). H.R 3930, which already has 72 co-sponsors, would create a commission similar to the one that recently recommended shifting manpower from the Air Force’s active component into the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve …

Up(Capitol)hill Battle Remains for DOD to Secure New BRAC Authorization

  • February 13, 2014
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Little has changed in the battle between Congress and the Pentagon over whether lawmakers will authorize a new BRAC in the two years since the Obama administration first asked to hold additional rounds of base closure, with DOD still needing to overcome significant opposition in both chambers. If DOD wants lawmakers to approve a new round, the department will need to counter past arguments against it and, possibly, surmount an even higher hurdle — defend the momentum leading toward a much smaller military — according to discussions led by installation officials and Capitol Hill staff at this week’s 2014 Installation Innovation Forum …

Navy, Conservation Group Purchase Buffer for Bangor Sub Base

  • February 12, 2014
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The Navy, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, has completed agreements to prevent development on 1,420 acres of land adjacent to operating ranges used by Naval Submarine Base Bangor in northwest Washington. The trust purchased the tracts and sold them to Ecotrust Forest Management under an easement purchased by the Navy that restricts development, reported the Kitsap Sun. The properties will remain as working forest and be open to the public …

Spouse Support Program Now Aimed at Easing Military Families’ Transition

  • February 12, 2014
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As the size of the military continues to shrink following the drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department has begun to use the spouse employment program as a tool to help service members and their families transition out of the military rather than emphasizing the program’s goal of retaining mid-career personnel. “We really believe that if the spouse has an opportunity for career advancement and job opportunities, they will be the glue to support the transition of our service members back into the civilian community,” said Barbara Thompson, a DOD military family official …

Initial FY’15 Budget Release Will Include Details, OMB Says

  • February 12, 2014
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The release of the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request will come in two parts, but most details will come out on the proposal’s scheduled release date of March 4, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said Wednesday. The main budget volume, key proposals, summary tables, agency-level information and the detailed appendix will come out in the first release. Historical tables and analytical perspectives will come out the next week. OMB said the staggered release should not affect the work of Congress …

Military Spouses Face Economic Disadvantages in Workforce, Study Concludes

  • February 12, 2014
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Military spouses face a substantial disadvantage compared to their civilian counterparts in employment, income and career advancement, according to a study released Wednesday. The study, conducted by Military Officers Association of America and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), found that 90 percent of responding active-duty female spouses reported being underemployed, meaning they possess more formal education or experience than needed at their current or most recent position. About 95 percent of active military spouses are female …

Active Army Shouldn’t Drop below 450,000 Troops, Odierno Says

  • February 12, 2014
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said Tuesday the service needs at least 450,000 active-duty soldiers to counter conflicts that are likely to arise in the future, a direct response to the possibility the force could be trimmed to an end strength as small as 420,000 to cope with deep spending cuts. During a panel discussion hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, Odierno said the Army’s minimum end strength should be 980,000 soldiers, including 335,000 in the National Guard and 195,000 in the Reserve, reported DoDBuzz. The active-duty force currently is scheduled to fall to 490,000 troops by the end of fiscal 2015 …

Army Installations Honored for Sustainability Efforts

  • February 12, 2014
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Seven installations earned fiscal 2013 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards for outstanding environmental and sustainability programs that often demonstrated cost savings. Fort Riley, Kan., won the team award for its natural resource conservation efforts, reported the Army. The post collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on three private lands partnership agreements and the installation of an agricultural waste diversion structure used to protect endangered Topeka shiners …

Industry Coalition Pledges to Hire 100,000 Veterans for Construction Jobs

  • February 11, 2014
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A broad coalition of more than 100 construction companies and associations have committed to hiring 100,000 veterans over the next five years, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Monday during a conference focusing on employment challenges for transitioning service members. “I know that you all have made this commitment not just because it is the patriotic thing to do … [but also] because you know that America’s military turns out some of the highest-skilled, hardest working employees this country has ever seen,” Obama said …

MCLB Albany to Expand Successful Landfill Gas Partnership with County

  • February 11, 2014
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A collaboration between Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Dougherty County that now supplies about a fifth of the southwestern Georgia installation’s energy is set to expand later this year. Officials at the base, which has been using methane gas generated by a county landfill since 2011, are planning to install a second generator in December, reported WALB. The base is saving money compared to purchasing power off of the grid, and the county earns $120,000 a year from the base for the gas …

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