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Bruce Miller to Retire from Port San Antonio

  • April 17, 2014
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Bruce Miller, who has served for the past 12 years as the president and CEO of Port San Antonio, has announced plans to retire at the end of September. Shortly after Kelly Air Force Base formally closed in 2001, Miller joined Port San Antonio and began to transform the 1,900-acre site into a seamless part of San Antonio. Under his watch, Port San Antonio has become one of South Texas’ leading economic engines, with a focus on aerospace, government/military and logistics …

Texas City Launches Economic Development Initiative to Attract Veterans

  • April 17, 2014
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The East Texas city of Tyler, located halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, La., wants to become the nation’s most veteran friendly community. To pursue that goal, the city’s chamber of commerce is launching a veteran and military growth initiative, an effort to attract and support the large number of veterans already residing in Texas …

Air Force to Eliminate 2,700 Civilian Positions in FY’15

  • April 16, 2014
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The Air Force plans to trim its civilian workforce from 186,026 employees to 183,328 through a combination of early retirements, buyouts and attrition. The elimination of 2,698 positions comes as the Air Force searches for ways to cope with spending caps first mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act, reports the Federal Times. “Our entire workforce — military, civilian and contractor — must be appropriately sized to support and execute our piece of the National Defense Strategy while concurrently considering fiscal realities …

Lawmakers Want Better Data on Underutilized Property at Installations

  • April 16, 2014
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The House Appropriations Committee has asked the Pentagon to prepare a plan for maximizing the use of its facilities in an effort to cut costs, according to its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The panel said it was concerned that DOD is not updating its non-BRAC real property inventory database in a timely fashion, hindering the department’s ability to “maximize the utility of existing real property and to reduce taxpayer expenses …

Brunswick Landing Helps Fuel Growth in Aviation Services in Maine

  • April 16, 2014
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The effort to convert Brunswick Landing into a high-tech business campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy, advanced composites and education already is playing a key role in encouraging growth in Maine’s aviation services industry. The former Brunswick Naval Air Station has provided the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) with valuable assets to market itself — two 8,000-foot runways and 500,000 square feet of hangar space …

NW Florida Officials Focus on Combating Encroachment to Protect NAS Whiting

  • April 15, 2014
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Officials in Northwest Florida believe their long-term effort to protect Naval Air Station Whiting Field from urban encroachment is their best defense against the potential for losing out in a future base closure round. Over the past 14 years, Santa Rosa County has either purchased or acquired easements on 3,500 acres adjacent to the airfield. A majority of the acreage falls within Whiting’s accident prevention zones …

Pay, Benefits Reform is Needed, Marine Corps’ Enlisted Leader Tells Lawmakers

  • April 15, 2014
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The highest ranking enlisted Marine is under fire from his own troops after telling a congressional panel that a deterioration in readiness due to sequestration is more harmful to personnel than moderate cuts to pay and benefits. Marines are not running around thinking about “compensation, benefits or retirement modernization,” Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett told the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee last week …

Army Needs to Help Communities Understand Impact of Privatized Lodging, Panel Says

  • April 15, 2014
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The owners of hotels outside military installations that have privatized lodging are concerned on-post facilities could gain an unfair competitive advantage, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying its fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. Their concern stems from the possibility that hotels developed under the Privatized Army Lodging (PAL) program could be made available to the general public while also benefitting from hotel stays made by soldiers who are traveling …

Developer to Break Ground Shortly on DOD’s Largest Solar Array at Ft. Huachuca

  • April 15, 2014
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Construction of a massive solar project at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is expected to begin soon following this week’s announcement by the Army that a collaboration among multiple federal and private partners will result in DOD’s largest solar array to date. The 20-megawatt project is a joint effort among the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, Fort Huachuca, the General Services Administration, Tucson Electric Power and developer E.ON Climate and Renewables. Tucson Electric Power will fund, own, maintain and operate the project, and contract with E.ON for the design, engineering, procurement and construction …

DOD Report Reveals Extent of Facility Budget Cuts under Spending Caps

  • April 15, 2014
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Spending on installation services, facilities sustainment and military construction would be trimmed by $17.5 billion if the defense budget were held at sequester levels from fiscal years 2016-2019, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pentagon. The Army would be forced to make the most far-reaching reductions to installation services, with the report projecting it would need to cut spending by $3.8 billion over the four-year period. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are projected to cut installations services spending by a total of $1.0 billion from FY 2016-2019, compared to the department’s five-year spending plan submitted as part of its FY 2015 budget request …

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