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Wittman Tries to Raise the Profile of ‘Readiness’

  • July 15, 2014
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The budget accounts that fund military readiness, operation and maintenance, typically suffer disproportionate cuts when the defense budget needs to be trimmed in the near term because other accounts often are tied up in long-term spending commitments. But while operation accounts are seen as a convenient place to take budget cuts, Virginia Rep. Rob Wittman (R), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, would like to change that perception, especially as the Pentagon needs to cope with steeper cuts in the coming years …

Air Force Plan for New Installation Support Center Still under Development

  • July 15, 2014
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Further details about the organization the Air Force plans to establish to consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities across the service are not yet available as the strategy and implementation plans for the activity are still being developed, a spokesman said Tuesday. Officials on Monday announced plans to stand up the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center as part of a larger effort to streamline overhead to meet a Pentagon directive to trim costs and staff levels by 20 percent. At this point, the Air Force has not set a timeline for establishing the new support center …

Puerto Rico Looks for Developers to Convert Former Navy Base into Mixed-Use Project

  • July 14, 2014
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Puerto Rico’s Local Redevelopment Authority is seeking responses to a recently issued request for qualifications for master developers for the redevelopment of Roosevelt Roads, the island’s former U.S. Navy Base in Cieba. The RFQ includes 3,000 acres of prime Caribbean coastline that is ideal for hotel properties, ecotourism, marinas, light industrial, casinos, educational institutions and other mixed-use development …

Maryland Lawmaker Moves to Boost Fisher House Funding

  • July 14, 2014
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The foundation which provides free lodging near military and veterans hospitals for relatives of service members would get a $16 million boost under a provision in the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill passed last month by the House. An amendment sponsored by Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) would increase federal funding to the Fisher House Foundation to $20 million so that more houses could be built to accommodate the families of those wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. Currently there are 63 Fisher Houses located on 23 military installations and 24 VA medical centers across the country …

Local Official Expresses Confidence Ft. Lee Will Survive Next Round of Army Cuts

  • July 14, 2014
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The Army is considering reducing the number of soldiers and civilians at Fort Lee, Va., by up to 3,600 personnel, but because of recent investments in the installation and the nature of its mission, any reductions imposed likely would be significantly smaller in magnitude, according to a local planning official. “Because of the budget constraints in Washington, they are taking a hard look at, where do they go in the future,” Denny Morris, executive director of the Crater Planning District, told the Progress-Index. “I don’t think they’re going to change too much because the mission at Fort Lee is still basically the same …

N.C. Base Provides Washington Officials Up-Close Look at Sources of Encroachment

  • July 14, 2014
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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point recently hosted top Pentagon and White House officials for a firsthand look at the primary encroachment challenges faced by the installation on the coast of North Carolina and its outlying training facilities. One of the visit’s key goals was to show the officials where funding from DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program for establishing a buffer around Cherry Point has been used. “Flying this diverse group of officials around our military installations provided for a better understanding of how funds are used to prevent encroachment here …

Air Force Realignment to Trim Headquarters Staffing

  • July 14, 2014
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The Air Force will deactivate and realign organizations at its headquarters, major commands, numbered air forces and field operating agencies as part of a cost-cutting effort that would eliminate 3,459 positions at headquarters across the service, officials announced Monday. The changes, a result of a comprehensive effort to reduce overhead costs, increase efficiencies, eliminate redundant activities and improve effectiveness and business processes, will help the service meet a Pentagon directive to reduce costs and staff levels by at least 20 percent. The reorganization is projected to save $1.6 billion in the next five years …

Air Force Reveals Plan to Consolidate Installation Support

  • July 14, 2014
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The Air Force on Monday outlined its plan to consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities within a newly created Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. Officials have not yet determined where the new center, which will report to Air Force Materiel Command, will be located. The move was announced by officials as part of a larger reorganization of the service’s headquarters, major commands, numbered air forces and field operating agencies designed to save $1.6 billion over five years …

New Hampshire Establishes Court to Hear Veterans’ Cases

  • July 13, 2014
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By next month, New Hampshire’s first court designed to handle criminal cases involving veterans linked to substance abuse, trauma and other issues stemming from their military service will begin hearing cases in Nashua. On Thursday, top state judicial and military officials, including Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), dedicated the Veterans Behavioral Health Track court, reported Army Times. The court is not intended to provide veterans a get-out-of-jail-free card, said Maj. Gen. William Reddel, adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard …

RFQ Launches LRA’s Search for Roosevelt Roads Master Developer

  • July 13, 2014
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Puerto Rico’s Local Redevelopment Authority is seeking responses to a recently issued request for qualifications for master developers for the redevelopment of Roosevelt Roads, the island’s former Navy Base in Cieba. The RFQ includes 3,000 acres of prime Caribbean coastline that is ideal for hotel properties, ecotourism, marinas, light industrial, casinos, educational institutions and other mixed-use development …

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