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Get up to Speed on Defense Community Issues at ADC’s Regional Forum in Fayetteville

  • May 12, 2015
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Local and state officials and community leaders interested in learning more about the role they can play in supporting their military installations at a time when defense communities face a growing set of challenges should attend the Defense Communities Southeast Regional Forum in Fayetteville, N.C., from May 28-29. The forum will cover the range of issues facing defense communities, including the long-term consequences of sequestration, how to prepare for military downsizing and the BRAC process. The event is designed to bring local officials up to speed on what’s going on in Washington, as well as introduce participants to the tools and strategies available to support defense communities …

ESPC to Help Rock Island Arsenal to Replace Coal-Fired Heating

  • May 12, 2015
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In a project designed to save money and reduce carbon emissions, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., will replace its 101-year-old coal-fired central steam plant with natural gas boilers throughout the island. The $22.4-million modernization project will be funded by a 15-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) from Honeywell. The improvements also will help the garrison address recent changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act calling for a reduction of coal use or the installation of costly pollution control equipment in plants that burn fossil fuels …

Earmark Ban Fails to Slow Lobbying on Appropriations Issues

  • May 11, 2015
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The congressional ban on earmarks has not stopped Washington lobbyists from continuing to work on appropriations bills but it has changed their focus. Now lobbyists are pressing the Appropriations panels to include policy language or establish funding targets, rather than earmarks for specific projects. Clients, for example, may want to make sure certain agency programs are adequately funded so there would be money available for a competitive grant program, Jim Dyer, a lobbyist at the Podesta Group and former staff director on House Appropriations, told CQ Roll Call. In that case, Dyer would ask a committee to set guidelines for the program that are aligned with his clients’ capabilities. “Obviously, it’s a different world than it was 10 years ago …

Panel Asks for Plan to Sustain Range, Test Facility Infrastructure

  • May 11, 2015
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Citing range and test facility infrastructure that has been deteriorating over time, the House Armed Services Committee is directing DOD to assess the military construction needs of DOD’s Major Range and Test Facility Base as called for in the department’s most recent strategic plan for test and evaluation (T&E) resources, according to the report accompanying the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The assessment should include an estimated cost to replace or bring to code deficient structures, as well as a plan to ensure the department’s range and test facilities have sufficient capacity to support current and future operations, the report language states. “The committee recognizes that the [Major Range and Test Facility Base] must remain sized, operated and maintained to preserve core, governmental T&E capabilities …

Economic Impact of Maryland Installations Jumps 46% over Four Years

  • May 11, 2015
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The economic impact of Maryland’s military bases grew 46 percent between 2008 and 2012, and the state’s 15 installations now account for 15 percent of Maryland’s economic output, according to a new report released Monday by the state Department of Business and Economic Development. The state benefitted greatly from the relocation of new missions following the last base closure round. Overall, the state’s installations generated more than $51.8 billion in economic activity in 2012, including $23.9 billion in wages. They supported about 350,411 total jobs in 2012. The number of personnel employed directly at installations jumped 36 percent to 149,000 over the four-year period …

Army Demolishing Ft. Jackson Headquarters in Consolidation Move

  • May 11, 2015
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In a move that will allow the Army to shed some of its excess facilities and consolidate remaining activities at Fort Jackson, the service has decided to demolish the Columbia, S.C., post’s World War II-era headquarters building. The installation will not get a replacement headquarters and, instead, the command and garrison staff will be relocated to a much newer facility that formerly housed the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The move will benefit the post by consolidating command and garrison staff in the 41,700-square-foot building instead of remaining scattered throughout the post, reported the Charlotte Observer. The Army’s Installation Management Command “wants to get out of World War II wood buildings” in all of its installations, said Col. Mark Shade, Fort Jackson’s deputy commanding officer. “They are inefficient. They are not up to code. They are cold in the winter and hot in the summer …

Utility to Build Solar Farm at Navy Sites on Guam

  • May 11, 2015
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The Navy is planning to lease almost 200 acres to the Guam Power Authority to install photovoltaic solar panels in eight locations capable of generating up to 43.8 megawatts of power. Officials are seeking public comment on the project after issuing a draft environmental assessment Friday. Four of the arrays would be located at Navy Base Guam in the southern half of the island, and four arrays would be located at sites in northern Guam, reported Stars and Stripes. “We approached the Navy several years ago with a request to possibly utilize their properties, and today we believe we’ve reached a major milestone in our process with the publishing of this draft EA for public comments,” said John Benavente, general manager of the Guam Power Authority …

Turnaround Company Poised to Take over South Weymouth Redevelopment

  • May 10, 2015
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Two years after Starwood Land Ventures gained control of the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station from the project’s initial master developer, a new firm is promising to revitalize the long-stalled effort. After signing a purchase and sale agreement, Raleigh, N.C.-based LStar Management is scheduled to complete its purchase of Starwood’s stake in SouthField, located outside of Boston, on Wednesday. The transaction would represent the latest chapter in a reuse effort that has made only limited headway since the air station closed in 1997. Progress on commercial development at the base has languished, although home construction began in 2011 …

Lawmakers Look to Halt Next Round of Army Downsizing

  • May 10, 2015
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With the Army on course to shrink its active-duty end strength by up to 70,000 soldiers in the coming years, lawmakers representing Army communities are eager to offer amendments to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill when it goes to the House floor this week that would suspend the planned drawdown. The House Armed Services Committee already denied one attempt to maintain the Army’s end strength at current levels when it marked up the legislation last month. An amendment sponsored by Republican Reps. John Fleming (La.) and Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) called for maintaining troop strength at 490,000, the service’s current target for the end of fiscal 2015. The provision would have prohibited further cuts until six months after officials submitted a strategic and operational analysis of the impact of future reductions, and assessed how the cuts would harm overall readiness …

Air Force Installation Support Agency One Step Closer to Reaching Operational Capability

  • May 10, 2015
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The Air Force’s newly created agency responsible for consolidating installation management functions across the service is on track to reach initial operating capability this summer, following its formal activation last week during a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, who was appointed the first commander of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at the May 5 event, told an audience of more than 500 people that the agency is still in the early stages of building the organization. “Over the course of the next year and a half, we’ll stand up the organization, hire the permanent staff and establish the necessary processes and procedures to deliver resources and support to commanders …

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