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Female Veterans Forced to Cope with Services Designed for Men

  • September 29, 2014
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Women leaving the military face significant gaps in service compared to their male counterparts in health care, employment, community reintegration, housing and disability compensation, according to a new report by the Disabled American Veterans. Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home reveals that the number of women serving in the armed forces is increasing dramatically, with women making up 20 percent of new recruits, 14.5 percent of the 1.4 million service members on active duty and 18 percent of 850,000 reservists. At the same time, they are being put at risk by federal agencies and community service providers that fail to understand that women are affected by military service and deployment differently than men, the report says …

Outlook for Hanscom AFB Appears Bright, Officials Say

  • September 29, 2014
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While the prospect of a future BRAC round makes community leaders neighboring Hanscom Air Force Base anxious, officials overall are confident that the Boston-area installation will survive the Pentagon’s next base-cutting exercise. One reason is the strength of the local workforce, which includes several thousand contractors at Lincoln Labs and MITRE. “The intellectual capital that is available around Hanscom base is not replicated anywhere else around the country,” said Sara Mattes, a former selectman from Lincoln …

House Republicans Question Defense Cuts amid Renewed Mideast Operations

  • September 29, 2014
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Senior House Republicans are questioning how the Pentagon can adhere to the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps at the same time it is forced to respond to the rise of the Islamic State and other missions around the globe. On Monday, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said the defense spending cap slated to be imposed in fiscal 2016 would create a challenge as the nation opposes the Islamic State, reported the Hill. “I don’t think sequestration and increased efforts in Syria, in Iraq are compatible,” Rogers said …

College Graduation Rates are Major Factor in Veterans Unemployment Rate

  • September 28, 2014
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Veterans between 25-34 are significantly more likely to be unemployed than non-veterans in the same age group,according to a recent Brookings Institution study…

Turbines Power Radar System at Massachusetts Base

  • September 28, 2014
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Two wind turbines at Cape Cod Air Force Station are helping power one of the largest ground-based missile warning radars in the U.S., saving thousands of dollars on an energy-hungry radar array…

Crowdfunding Offers Communities New Opportunities

  • September 28, 2014
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Facing major financial issues in the wake of the Great Recession, Jenks Park in Central Falls, R.I., faced a major issue: the park was often littered with garbage and debris because the only available trash cans in the park were low-quality plastic bins.

Noise Not an Issue, Indian Head Facility Land Use Study Finds

  • September 28, 2014
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Noise from the Naval Support Facility Indian Head does not appear to be causing problems for the local community, according to the preliminary findings of a joint land use study (JLUS)…

Chairmanship is ‘Thornberry’s to Lose,’ HASC Watcher Says

  • September 28, 2014
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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) appears poised to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, though Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) has left the door open to seek the gavel, too. The current chairman, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), announced in January…

Note from the Editor

  • September 24, 2014
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360 will not be published on Friday. Look for the next issue on Monday, Sept. 29 and enjoy the weekend!

Stakeholders Face Looming Deadlines for South Weymouth Reuse

  • September 24, 2014
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The new board overseeing the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, Mass., along with master developer Starwood Land Ventures, faces a series of deadlines to get the project back on track, according to the first meeting the SouthField Redevelopment Authority held this week. The authority — which replaces the long-standing LRA, the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp. — needs to submit a tax plan for the site to the state by Oct. 15 and renegotiate payment terms for a $12.5 million bond that paid for infrastructure improvements …

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