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10 Firms Vie to Become Master Developer for NAS Willow Grove

  • April 22, 2014
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Ten developers have responded to the request for qualifications from the LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pa., allowing the authority to stay on track to reach agreement with a master developer by the end of the calendar year. At the board meeting last week of the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority, Executive Director Mike McGee said he was pleased by the healthy response as well as by the candidates’ conclusion that the redevelopment plan for the 862-acre site located outside of Philadelphia was viable …

Feds Reconsider Wage Rules Affecting On-Base Eateries

  • April 22, 2014
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The Labor Department is reconsidering new rules requiring federal contractors to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers, after restaurants at several military installations opted to close recently. The rules, issued last fall, require federal contractors operating under the Service Contract Act to pay fast food workers a higher minimum wage, as well as additional health and welfare benefits. Now, the Labor Department has said it would “reissue industry-specific fast food wage determinations in the near future …

Young Officers Won’t Be Forced Out, Army Says

  • April 22, 2014
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The Army on Tuesday denied an Associated Press story stating it would need to force 3,000 officers out of the service by the end of fiscal 2015 as part of an effort to shrink its end strength from 522,000 soldiers to 490,000. The Army could rely on natural separations such as retirements and fewer enlistments to reach its target, said spokesman Troy Rolan. “I don’t see why we would have to force anybody out,” Rolan told Government Executive. “There’s so many ways we can reach any number, it’s almost impossible to describe them all …

Partnership with NBA is a ‘Slam Dunk,’ Dempsey Says

  • April 21, 2014
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DOD, the National Basketball Association and USA Basketball launched a new partnership last week to support local communities and hundreds of thousands of active and retired armed forces members and their families through the sport of basketball. The program will focus on community service, transition, leadership and rehabilitation for those with life-altering injuries. On Friday Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey praised the collaboration, saying it will help solve problems at the community level …

Atlanta Expects to Obtain Ft. McPherson This Summer

  • April 21, 2014
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The city of Atlanta should complete its acquisition of the former Fort McPherson from the Army by the end of July, Mayor Kasim Reed told reporters last week. Reed mentioned the closed Army post as a potential site for much-needed affordable housing, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There’s good news because the city has, through a number of mechanisms, a substantial inventory of real estate,” said Reed, who cited the current site of Turner Field as another parcel that could be used for affordable housing after the Atlanta Braves baseball team moves …

Travis AFB Advocates Look to New Tanker Mission

  • April 21, 2014
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With the KC-10 fleet nearing the end of its lifespan, the Travis Community Consortium is pinning the future of Travis Air Force Base on the KC-46A. The base in northern California now is home to 27 KC-10s, but the local support group for Travis is confident the installation is the right location for the next generation tanker. “We believe Travis has the ideal infrastructure and location to host multiple KC-46A squadrons,” Sandy Person, who chairs the consortium, wrote in a commentary in the Vacaville Reporter …

DOD Should Take Advantage of Roads Program, House Panel Says

  • April 21, 2014
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The Defense Department should make greater use of the Defense Access Roads (DAR) program, a way for DOD to upgrade roads outside of military installations, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. “The committee has heard of many worthwhile road construction/expansion projects in and around military installations that are in great need of funding,” the panel states. Those projects would benefit both the installations and the communities …

Milcon Bill Expected on House Floor Next Week

  • April 21, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending measure is expected to be brought up on the House floor next week, as the chamber gets off to its fastest start for advancing appropriations bills in decades. House leaders have not yet determined exactly when the legislation would get floor time, however. The milcon bill likely would be brought up under an open amendment process, Republican aides told CQ. Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has set an ambitious goal of marking up all 12 spending bills by July 4, and for the House to finish debating all 12 by the August recess …

City Creates New Authority to Carry out Ft. Gillem Reuse

  • April 20, 2014
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The Forest Park, Ga., city council last week approved the creation of an Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to oversee the reuse of 778 acres at the former Fort Gillem. The new authority will replace the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority, which is expected to disband shortly and transfer its work to the URA, reported the Clayton News Daily. The URA also will adopt the city’s urban redevelopment plan. “That now gives you the authorities that you need to have as the Urban Redevelopment Authority to start taking action and doing things on behalf of the city,” authority Executive Director Fred Bryant told URA board members. Officials are preparing to close on the Fort Gillem property in the coming weeks, and plan to hold a ceremony May 2.

Moves Pose Mental Health Risks for Military Kids, Study Shows

  • April 20, 2014
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Moving to a new town or city poses significant challenges for the mental health of children in military families, especially for teenagers, according to a new study. The researchers looked at the medical records of 548,336 children between ages 6 and 17 with at least one parent in the military; almost 25 percent of the children moved during the past year …

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