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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

Military Housing Developers Increasingly Looking outside the Gates for Tenants

  • July 16, 2014
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The six-member Dolce family is one of just three civilian families with no connection to the military living in family housing at Dover Air Force Base, Del., but they represent a more significant trend under way at housing communities across DOD — an increase in the number of projects opening their neighborhoods to civilians due to the lack of demand from active-duty service members. The Eagle Heights community at Dover is one of six housing communities operated by Hunt Cos., out of a total of 25, that now accept civilians. And the number is growing, the developer’s Dixie Johnson told the News Journal. “In the early years, because of the increase in troops and the war that we are fighting, there were way more active-duty [personnel] available for housing …

Roosevelt Roads LRA Sees ‘Incredible Opportunity’ for Redevelopment

  • July 15, 2014
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Puerto Rico’s Local Redevelopment Authority is seeking responses to a recently issued request for qualifications (RFQ) 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 …

UAB Health System Initiative to Identify Veterans, Improve Care

  • July 15, 2014
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System, in partnership with Joining Forces, has launched an initiative for providers to identify whether their patients are veterans. The “Have you ever served in the military?” campaign is intended to improve health care by helping providers obtain a military health history which will allow clinicians to consider unique exposures and concerns of veterans. “By recognizing our servicemen and women, we can improve their quality of life and overall health outcomes …

Army Deploys with Clean Energy during Maritime Exercise

  • July 15, 2014
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Personnel from the U.S. Army Pacific and Army Corps of Engineers demonstrated the benefits of relying on renewable energy sources during the 2014 Rim of the Pacific training exercise last week. Soldiers set up wind turbines, solar panels, a solar shade and a hydrogen-powered car to generate enough power for 350 people located at a training area on Ford Island, Hawaii …

Senate Panel Votes to Preserve A-10 Fleet

  • July 15, 2014
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The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $490 billion fiscal 2015 defense spending bill that allocates $338 million in funding to keep the A-10 close air support aircraft flying and reject the Air Force’s proposal to retire its Warthog fleet. The Air Force has said eliminating the A-10 would save $4.2 billion over the next five years, but Tuesday’s vote marks the latest indication that Congress will keep the aircraft flying next year. The House Appropriations Committee had embraced the retirement plan, but House lawmakers last month overwhelmingly voted to reverse that decision …

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 …

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