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Law School Clinic to Help Veterans Obtain Disability Benefits

  • January 27, 2014
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The University of Missouri School of Law has opened a clinic to provide legal assistance to veterans who cannot afford a lawyer. The program is part of a clinical course for third-year law students who work in partnership with experienced attorneys to assist veterans who are appealing disability benefits decisions made by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The clinic has six active cases, and gets calls every day from veterans who need legal assistance, Angela Drake, law professor and clinic adviser, told the Columbia Daily Tribune. Due to limited resources, though, the clinic is forced to refer cases it can’t handle to other organizations or attorneys. The clinic is funded by a $250,000 donation from an anonymous source.

Ayotte Warns Air Force against Making Preparations to Retire A-10s

  • January 27, 2014
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Efforts by the Air Force to prepare to retire its A-10 fleet would violate the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) wrote Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week. “It has come to my attention that the Air Force may be taking steps to prepare to retire the A-10 in violation of current law,” Ayotte wrote in a letter Friday, reported the Hill. The FY 2014 defense policy bill states that the service “may not retire, prepare to retire or place in storage” any additional A-10 Warthogs during the fiscal year …

Connecticut to Study Impact of Defense Cuts on Industry Supply Chain through OEA Grant

  • January 27, 2014
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DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) has awarded the state of Connecticut and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) a $1.3 million planning grant to better understand how cuts in federal spending on defense contracts will affect New England’s defense supply chain and industry-related work performed in the state and region. “We are talking about an industry that employs tens of thousands of workers and generates billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenue — it is simply too important not to prepare ourselves for possible cuts to defense spending,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy …

Forest City Drops out of Ft. McPherson Reuse Project

  • January 27, 2014
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Forest City Enterprises severed ties with the effort to convert the former Fort McPherson in southwestern Atlanta into a mixed-use, walkable community, the company said last week. The departure of Cleveland-based Forest City still leaves two local firms involved with the redevelopment of the 486-acre site — Cousins Properties and Integral Group. “We’re local. We’re not going anywhere,” said Larry Gellerstedt, chief executive of Cousins Properties …

Revamped Transition Program Provides Ingredients to Launch Post-Military Careers

  • January 26, 2014
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Soldiers’ success in benefiting from the Army’s retooled transition program relies on several principles, including earlier career planning and improved support from their commanders. Officials spent several years surveying and interviewing soldiers before revamping the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) for helping soldiers transition to civilian life. The Army’s analysis revealed three activities needed to ensure successful transitions, ACAP Director Walter Herd told the Army News Service …

Arizona Utility to Build Solar Project at Luke AFB

  • January 26, 2014
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The Air Force has selected the electric company that serves much of Arizona to build a photovoltaic solar generation facility at Luke AFB under an enhanced use lease. Arizona Public Service proposes to construct, operate and maintain the project on 106 acres at the base located northwest of Phoenix. The power generated would be used to meet Luke’s renewable energy generation goals. Officials from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) and the utility now will begin negotiating a lease and environmental requirements. The project’s original timeline has slipped due to the discovery of cultural artifacts dating back 5,000 years, according to the AFCEC website.

Relocation of Army Units Restricted under Omnibus

  • January 26, 2014
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The Army is restricted from relocating units from installations with a significant proportion of civilian employees, according to the omnibus spending bill signed into law earlier this month. The military construction section of the legislation bars the Army from using fiscal 2014 funds to relocate a unit at an installation in which the total number of civilian employees of the Army and contractor personnel exceeds 10 percent of the total number of members of the Army’s regular and reserve components assigned to the installation …

State Funding Could Bolster Ft. Bragg’s Standing in Next BRAC Round

  • January 26, 2014
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Fort Bragg most likely isn’t in danger of suffering the loss of any significant mission in a future BRAC, but installation leadership and the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance wants to shore up several weaknesses that could prevent the post from benefiting from the next base closure round. One shortcoming is the poor road infrastructure of the Fayetteville, N.C., post, garrison commander Col. Jeffrey Sanborn said at the alliance’s annual meeting Friday. Of Fort Bragg’s 57 major intersections, 42 are considered failed or failing …

Long-Term DOD Budget Would Ignore Sequester Spending Caps

  • January 26, 2014
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The White House draft of the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget request allows defense spending to exceed the caps included in the 2011 Budget Control Act starting in FY 2016, reports Bloomberg. The topline spending level for the department in FY 2015 — not including war spending, military construction or Energy Department programs — is about $498 billion as called for under last month’s bipartisan budget deal. That deal reversed $9 billion in FY 2015 sequester cuts …

Governors Urge Administration to Protect Air Guard from Budget Cuts

  • January 23, 2014
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The nation’s governors are calling on the Pentagon to shield the Air National Guard from “disproportionate and damaging” cuts as it prepares its fiscal 2015 budget request. “Reductions in personnel and equipment are inevitable as we transition from war to peace, but they should not adversely affect states nor come at the expense of lost capabilities,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week during the National Governors Association’s State of the States address in Washington, D.C. “The Guard is a ready, capable and experienced fighting force, but they are also essential to their states and communities here at home …

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