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New Commissary to Support Pittsburgh-Area Service Members, Veterans

  • October 6, 2014
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The nine-year odyssey to replace the commissary and post exchange at an Army facility closing as a result of BRAC 2005 is almost complete, with the grand opening for new stores set for later this month. After the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility, located outside of Pittsburgh in Collier, was designated for closure in 2005, local veterans and military support groups lobbied lawmakers and the Pentagon to retain a post exchange and commissary in the region, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Even with the closure of the Kelly Support Facility, the area still is home to several units — the Army Reserve’s 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, the Air Force Reserve’s 911th Airlift Wing and Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing …

Region Can Still Benefit from Ft. Bragg Support Group, Director Says

  • October 6, 2014
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Eight years after its predecessor organization was formed to help accommodate growth at Fort Bragg stemming from the 2005 BRAC round, the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance finds itself needing to demonstrate its value to member counties. By the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year in July, only four of the 11 original participating counties surrounding Fayetteville, N.C., were still members. And as state and federal grants have evaporated, the organization is relying solely on local funding, reports the Fayetteville Observer. “We’re a lean, mean organization right now,” said Alliance CEO Greg Taylor. Its two staff members recently accepted furloughs …

War Spending Account Solves DOD Budget Problems for Now

  • October 6, 2014
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The OCO account is exempt from the Budget Control Act caps on defense spending and with the estimated cost of operations in Iraq and Syria ranging from $2.4 billion to $18 billion annually, it’s the easiest solution to the Pentagon’s budget crunch, analysts say. “There is currently no limit on OCO, so there is as much room as they need,” Todd Harrison, a defense budget senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told Stars and Stripes. Relying on the OCO has the obvious benefit of avoiding the need to shoehorn the cost of the war into the department’s base budget …

Pursuit of Net Zero Goal Prompts Ft. Carson to Expand Water Reclamation

  • October 2, 2014
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Fort Carson, Colo., is embarking on a reclaimed water system expansion to help it meet its goal of becoming a net zero water installation by 2020. The post’s Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club has used reclaimed water from an onsite sewage treatment plant for irrigation since the 1970s, the Army reports. The expansion will irrigate Iron Horse Park, a sports complex and other areas with reclaimed water by next summer. The project involves upgrading 5 miles of existing pipe and installing more than 2 miles of new lines to the system, adding new pumps at the sewage treatment plant, a new booster pump station …

Builder at Alameda Landing Opens Sales Office

  • October 2, 2014
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The developer of several residential neighborhoods at the Navy’s former Fleet Industrial Supply Center in Alameda is opening a sales office next week as the reuse project reaches a new milestone. TRI Pointe Homes Northern California is building a mix of two-and three-story houses, condominiums and townhouses on the 72-acre Alameda Landing site, reported the San Francisco Business Times. The project, located across the Bay from San Francisco, calls for a total of 253 homes. Catellus is the master developer for Alameda Landing …

Navy Names NAS Lemoore as West Coast Home for F-35Cs

  • October 2, 2014
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The Navy will base a total of 100 F-35C fighter jets at Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California, according to a record of decision officials announced Thursday. Local leaders cheered the decision, which had been expected since earlier this year, as it will expand the scope of the base’s existing mission, reported The Fresno Bee. The fifth-generation fighters will replace 70 aging F/A-18 Hornets now based at Lemoore. The number of aircraft based there may not reach 100 until 2028, however …

Solar Array at Ft. Campbell Relies on Multiple Partners

  • October 2, 2014
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A partnership made up of the Army, the Department of Energy, a local electric cooperative and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has agreed to develop a 5-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell. Before DOE joined, the partnership amassed more than $10 million for the project, which will be built on 20 acres at an abandoned landfill on the post, according to a press release from the commonwealth of Kentucky. DOE will contribute an additional $800,000 to the project, which will consist of more than 16,000 solar modules. “This is an excellent opportunity for the Army to leverage both a utility energy services contract and a power purchase agreement, to deliver a system that will generate enough energy to power 463 homes, while avoiding 4.7 million tons per year of CO2 emissions …

Alabama Measure Offers Residents Chance to Support Local Armories

  • October 2, 2014
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Alabama residents will have an opportunity during November’s midterm elections to support an amendment authorizing the state to borrow up to $50 million to improve the condition of its National Guard armories. “A lot of our armories are desolate places. Some are 30 to 50 years old. It would be financially irresponsible for us to not do this and try to maintain and improve these facilities,” state Rep. Mark Tuggle told the Rotary Club last week in Tallassee. Tuggle, state Sen. Tom Whatley, and other lawmakers who sponsored the amendment believe it offers the state a good shot at shielding its armories from a future round of base closures …

Biomass Plant to Power Ft. Drum

  • October 1, 2014
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Fort Drum, N.Y., will obtain 100 percent of its on-site energy requirements under a contract the Army awarded to the owner and operator of a biomass power plant. ReEnergy Black River LLC, a subsidiary of ReEnergy Holdings LLC, will provide up to 28 megawatts of electricity from a facility that converts forest residues left over after trees are harvested into steam that runs a turbine to make electricity. The project is a joint effort between the Energy Initiatives Task Force, Fort Drum, DLA Energy and ReEnergy …

Pivot to Asia Continues despite Budget Pressure, Official Says

  • October 1, 2014
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DOD’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region remains on course despite the budget bind facing the department, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday. “We might not be able to go as fast as we would want because of budgetary pressures. We might not be able to have as many forces as we would otherwise like because we wouldn’t be able to afford them,” Work told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations. “But the Asia Pacific rebalance continues apace …

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