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State-Community Effort to Strengthen Military Presence in Missouri

  • January 14, 2014
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State agencies will coordinate their efforts and collaborate with defense communities and other stakeholders, under a new initiative announced by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to retain and enhance the state’s military bases, the missions assigned to them and federal defense spending. “Recognizing the crucial importance of military facilities to the future of Missouri, we will continue to work with local community leaders, businesses and our active and retired military families to retain and enhance the military footprint in the Show-Me State,” Nixon said Friday in a written statement. The governor appointed Treasurer Clint Zweifel to lead the Missouri Military Partnership, which will include gathering input from local communities …

Congress to Take up Short-Term CR, Omnibus Package this Week

  • January 14, 2014
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Congressional appropriators on Monday unveiled a $1.012 trillion omnibus measure complete with all 12 spending bills needed to keep the federal government operating until Oct. 1. The House is expected to consider the massive piece of legislation on Wednesday, with the Senate likely taking it up by the weekend. If the omnibus passes the House, the Senate would need to schedule at least two procedural votes and 30 hours of debate, leading to a final vote in the chamber as late as Saturday …

DOD Spending Remains Flat under FY’14 Spending Bill

  • January 14, 2014
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Topline DOD spending would be $486.9 billion in fiscal 2014 under the $1.012 trillion omnibus spending bill unveiled Monday, providing almost the same amount of funding the department was allocated last year after sequestration. The base budget recommended for the Pentagon in the omnibus, however, is $29 billion below the administration’s FY 2014 request. Still, the department is much better off than if sequestration had been imposed in the absence of the recent budget deal that eliminated $22 billion in automatic defense cuts for FY 2014 …

Milcon Spending to Rise Compared to FY’13 Post-Sequestration Level

  • January 13, 2014
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Spending for military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2014 would rise about $1 billion from last year’s available spending level under the massive omnibus spending package unveiled Monday, solely due to the sequester cuts imposed on fiscal 2013 spending. The Defense Department only had an estimated $8.8 billion available for military construction activities in FY 2013 due to sequestration. Compared to the FY 2013 enacted level, however, spending on military construction activities in the current year would drop $817 million to $9.8 billion …

Suicide Rate for Young Veterans Rises

  • January 12, 2014
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The rate at which male veterans under the age of 30 commit suicide jumped by 44 percent from 2009 to 2011, according to data released last week by the Department of Veterans Affairs. “That’s concerning to us,” said Jan Kemp, VA’s national mental health director for suicide prevention. Kemp said the pressures of leaving the military, transitioning to life as a civilian and combat injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder all play a role in the challenges young male veterans face, according to Stars and Stripes.The suicide rate for all veterans over the three-year period remained steady, though, because older veterans experienced a slight drop in suicides. Overall, suicide rates are significantly higher for military veterans than the civilian population.

Construction Ramps up at Hill, Luke, Nellis AFBs to Prepare for F-35′s Arrival

  • January 12, 2014
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The Air Force shortly will begin work on several construction projects at Hill Air Force Base to ready the installation for the arrival of new F-35 Lighting II fighter jets, while beddown efforts at Luke and Nellis AFBs for the new aircraft already are under way. Three projects have been awarded at Hill AFB, Utah, which last month was designated the home of the service’s first operational F-35s. The work, expected to begin this month …

A New Year Brings New Roles for ADC Staff

  • January 12, 2014
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Along with some unusually cold temperatures, the new year has ushered in several staffing changes at ADC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Most significantly, Todd Herberghs, who has been the association’s staff lead as chief operating officer since 2010, will be changing duties at the Leonard Resource Group (LRG) and now will become the executive director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP). LRG has managed ADC since October 2010, and last November was selected to provide association management services for NCPPP as well …

Reserve Components to Play Larger Role in Air Force, James Testifies

  • January 12, 2014
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The Air Force will rely more heavily on the Air National Guard and Reserve components, Secretary Deborah Lee James told members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force last week. The shift, intended to preserve more capabilities as the service seeks to trim its end strength, will be reflected in the fiscal 2015 budget request, said James, who was sworn in Dec. 20 as the Air Force’s 23rd secretary. The service is slated to eliminate up to 25,000 personnel over the next five years, along with other cost-saving measures …

Lawmakers to Take up Short-Term Spending Extension

  • January 12, 2014
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Congress will consider a three-day continuing resolution (CR) early next week to keep the government open after Jan. 15, even while negotiators continue to make steady progress on a 12-bill, $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. “This very short extension is needed to prevent any funding gaps as the agreement moves through the House and Senate next week,” Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said Friday in a statement …

Tyndall AFB Takes on F-22 Combat Mission

  • January 9, 2014
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Tyndall Air Force Base received five F-22 Raptors this week as the installation expands its current role as the home of F-22 pilot training to include combat. Tyndall, located on the Florida Panhandle, is scheduled to receive 24 of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft from Holloman AFB, N.M. In total, more than 50 F-22s will call Tyndall home, making it the largest single-base contingent of the advanced aircraft …

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