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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

N.C. County Seeks Consultant to Perform JLUS at MCAS Cherry Point

  • November 19, 2014
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Carteret County, N.C.., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, ALF Bogue, OLF Atlantic, BT-11, BT-9 and the surrounding communities. The effort is funded by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment which provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS to support the long-term sustainability and operability of military installation complexes. Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, ecosystem management/impact analysis, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations. A final JLUS report will be completed by Dec. 31, 2015. Responses are due by Dec. 19, 2014, at 4 p.m. The complete request for proposal may be found on the Carteret County website. All questions regarding this RFP shall be in written form and directed to Eugene Foxworth at eugene.foxworth@carteretcountync.gov.

Georgia Invests in Job Training Center for Service Members, Veterans

  • November 19, 2014
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The state of Georgia is spending $10 million to build a training center for military members and their families in Warner Robins to help veterans earn academic credentials needed to enter the civilian workforce. The Georgia Military and Academic Training Center, located next to Robins Air Force Base, is expected to support military personnel and veterans with education and training, credit transfers and job placement. Military members and veterans currently can attend many Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia University System schools to receive certifications in hundreds of educational programs …

House Republicans Consider Options that Sidestep Government Shutdown

  • November 18, 2014
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House Republicans focused on several maneuvers that would fund the government while disrupting an executive action by President Obama on immigration. One option discussed Tuesday calls for the House to pass a 12-bill omnibus for fiscal 2015, and then after the president issues an executive order, passing a bill rescinding funding for the federal programs involved in carrying it out, reported the Hill. Republicans would wait until January when they control both chambers to pass the rescission measure …

House Republican Leadership Taps Thornberry to Lead Armed Services Panel

  • November 18, 2014
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Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry (R), who has served as vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee for the last four years, was selected by House Republican leaders on Tuesday to chair the committee when the 114th Congress opens in January. Thornberry will replace Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), who is retiring at the end of the current session. His selection is expected to be approved by the entire Republican conference this week …

Authorization Bill Talks Hung up over Military Benefits

  • November 18, 2014
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A dispute over DOD cost-saving reforms affecting the basic allowance for housing and co-pays for prescription drugs are holding up negotiations between the leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services committees over a compromise fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. Committee leaders were aiming to wrap up negotiations by the end of the week, and clearing the final version of the bill through the House and Senate during the lame duck session. The Pentagon had proposed slowing growth in the basic allowance for housing below the rate of inflation over the next three years so that the benefit only covers 95 percent of average rental costs …

California Lawmakers Rattled by Hagel’s BRAC Remarks

  • November 18, 2014
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Southern California lawmakers remain skeptical that Congress will authorize a new BRAC round in the near future; nevertheless, they were caught off guard when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday that additional base closures are needed to free up spending for more pressing requirements. “Just the fact that he was at Fort Irwin when he did it, obviously raised my blood pressure quite a bit,” said Rep. Paul Cook (R). “Maybe he doesn’t realize how sensitive [the issue] is …

IMCOM Campaign Plan Looks at Support Services, Infrastructure

  • November 18, 2014
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Army Installation Management Command’s newly released “IMCOM 2025 and Beyond” provides a roadmap for the agency’s future as it transforms the way it supports the readiness of a smaller, regionally aligned and globally responsive force. The plan provides strategic guidance to IMCOM regarding three functions: a professional installation management workforce, effective base operations support services and infrastructure sustainment and revitalization. “As IMCOM moves into the future it must enable the Army’s Force in 2025 and Beyond by providing the right base support at the right cost …

Army Officials Meet with Coastal Georgia Leaders about Plans for Drawdown

  • November 17, 2014
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Local and business leaders from Hinesville, Ga., and the surrounding region on Monday told Army officials from Washington about the critical role Fort Stewart plays in the local community as well as the long-standing support provided by the post’s neighbors. On Monday night, the Army was scheduled to hold its first listening session to gather public input before deciding how to realign active-duty forces as the service shrinks by up to 70,000 soldiers to an end strength of 420,000. The Army plans to hold public listening sessions at a total of 30 installations that potentially could lose thousands of military and civilian personnel …

Pentagon Will Request a New BRAC Round in FY’16 Budget, Hagel Indicates

  • November 17, 2014
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During multiple stops this weekend, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored the need for a new BRAC round as one way for the Defense Department to mitigate the fiscal constraints imposed by the Budget Control Act spending caps. “Despite numerous efforts and almost 10 years since the last round, DOD has been unable to secure another round of base realignment and closure. Today, DOD has 24 percent excess capacity in our basing and facilities — excess capacity that is costing us billions of dollars every year, money that could otherwise be invested in maintaining our military’s edge. We need Congress to help end this excess spending …

Armed Services Panels Close in on Compromise Bill

  • November 17, 2014
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The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are aiming shortly to finish hammering out an agreement on a fiscal 2015 compromise defense authorization bill after negotiations stalled Friday. The chairmen and ranking members of each chamber’s panel continued to meet Monday to settle high profile issues, with the Army’s plan to shift 192 Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard to the active Army representing one of the most contentious sticking point …

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