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Air Force Privatizes Water, Wastewater Utilities at Hill AFB

  • January 20, 2014
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The Air Force has signed a $288 million, 50-year contract with American Water Operations and Maintenance to privatize the water distribution system and wastewater collection system at Hill AFB, Utah. The Voorhees, N.J.-based firm plans to invest approximately $3.6 million in the first three years to bring the systems up to industry standards. “Maintaining utility systems is no longer a core competency of the Air Force. Private industry does it day in and day out, so they can normally do it cheaper than we can …

Study to Explore Link between Legal Services, Mental Health for Veterans

  • January 20, 2014
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Two legal assistance groups will embark on a two-year study of the impact from embedding free legal services within Veterans Affairs facilities, testing the connection between legal help and health and quality of life among veterans. The study will be conducted by the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, the first legal organization to provide services in a VA setting, and the New York Legal Assistance Group, which provides legal services to low-income New Yorkers …

Arizona Governor Highlights Need to Protect Luke AFB from Encroachment

  • January 20, 2014
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In two speeches last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said she would urge the state legislature to provide funding for the purchase of buffers around the state’s military installations needed to protect them from urban encroachment. “This year, I am calling on the legislature to renew support for the Military Installation Fund,” Brewer said. “That money will be used specifically to mitigate property encroachment and preserve military land use projects — without throwing that financial burden on private property owners …

Services Overcoming Hurdles to Expand Partnering with Industry on Energy Development

  • January 20, 2014
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The military’s efforts to rely on the private sector to finance the development of renewable energy are advancing and should allow DOD to meet its objectives for enhancing energy security at its installations, according to a report released last week. Expectations surrounding the service’s clean energy initiatives, however, should be set to reflect the complexity of renewable energy projects, concluded Power Surge, a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts. “It will take time to forge public-private partnerships and conclude the complex contracts associated with advanced energy projects …

Willow Grove LRA Prepares to Negotiate with Navy over Property Transfer

  • January 17, 2014
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove approved its economic development conveyance application Wednesday, marking the first step in the process to obtain 862 acres at the base from the Navy. Next up will be negotiations between the two parties over the value of the property and other terms.The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority could obtain the first parcel at the air base before the end of the calendar year …

Concord LRA Seeks Master Developer for Naval Weapons Station Site

  • January 16, 2014
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The city of Concord is taking another step in the multi-decade process to develop the shuttered Concord Naval Weapons Station property. On Jan. 17, the Local Reuse Authority (LRA) released a request for statements of qualifications for a master developer for implementation of the Reuse Project Area Plan. The redevelopment of the 5,046-acre CNWS site represents one of the largest mixed-use, transit-oriented community development opportunities in Northern California. The LRA seeks to pre-qualify a limited number of master developers who will be invited to participate in a subsequent request for proposal process this summer …

Philadelphia Opens Service Center Devoted to Female Veterans

  • January 16, 2014
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Philadelphia officials this week opened a veterans service center dedicated to the needs of women, a first for the city and an acknowledgement of the growing number of female veterans. Women are the fastest-growing group using veterans services, Lori Maas, women veterans program manager for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Philadelphia, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. She said the average age of female veterans is 42 …

DOD on Course to Meet Renewable Energy Targets, Researchers Find

  • January 16, 2014
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The military’s reliance on clean energy technologies is accelerating across its installations, keeping it on track to meet its goal of deploying 3 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2025, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The number of renewable energy projects across DOD rose 54 percent from 454 in fiscal 2010 to 700 in FY 2012, according to the study, Power Surge. According to Navigant Research, Pew’s research partner, 384 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity existed at DOD installations in mid-2013 …

Omnibus Still Leaves Deep Spending Cuts Looming, DOD Official Says

  • January 16, 2014
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The fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill provides the military a measure of relief from deep sequester cuts but still leaves defense officials “to face some tough decisions about the future of our force,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Thursday. “We are still absorbing nearly $30 billion over the next 10 years that were not accounted for in the presidential budget submission,” Kirby said in reference to the gap between the funding allocated for defense in the omnibus and the administration’s original budget request …

Navy Shares Findings of Willow Grove NAS Reuse Study

  • January 16, 2014
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The Navy presented its 772-page environmental impact statement to Horsham residents this week, offering more than 50 attendees a snapshot of redevelopment plans for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and soliciting public comment on the document. “It’s a good report, very detailed,” said Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Mike McGee …

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