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FAA Approves Airspace Expansion over Northern Plains

  • March 24, 2015
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The FAA on Tuesday approved an Air Force plan to expand military training airspace over parts of four states in the northern Plains, a move that will support operations of B-1 bombers at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., and B-52 bombers at Minot AFB, N.D. The plan will more than triple the area of the Powder River Training Complex to 35,000 square miles located over portions of the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. “This has been a very long process, but I’m proud we’re finally completing this important expansion to provide our servicemen and women with the resources they need to be successful in a combat environment — all done while saving money,” said Sen. John Thune …

Dempsey Highlights Veterans Initiatives Launched by USC, Los Angeles

  • March 24, 2015
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Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Monday applauded the efforts of the University of Southern California and Los Angeles to help veterans and military families, but said more remains to be done. Dempsey pointed to the Los Angles Veterans Collaborative, a group of more than 300 organizations that have created a network referral system to link veterans with services, benefits and opportunities. The group, which is administered by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, meets regularly to resolve issues affecting veterans and military families …

Thousands Rally for Fort Drum at Army Listening Session

  • March 23, 2015
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An overflow crowd of thousands packed into a theater at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y., Friday night to show their support for Fort Drum …

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Fights for Permanent Earmark Ban

  • March 23, 2015
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An effort by Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick Toomey (R) to enact a permanent ban against earmarks has drawn only limited support, with many appropriators content to retain the GOP’s temporary ban. Toomey introduced a new version in January of an earlier proposal to create a point of order against legislation containing any earmarks. The measure has attracted 10 cosponsors, including Sens. Clair McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), reported CQ. Republicans have banned earmarks since 2011 through caucus rules that have been renewed in each Congress, while Democrats have adopted a voluntary earmark ban …

First Chemical Weapons Destroyed at Pueblo

  • March 23, 2015
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The first step in destroying one of America’s last stockpiles of chemical weapons took place last week at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. Workers destroyed a container of mustard gas in the facility’s new explosion chamber …

Renters Insurance Requirement Waived in AF Privatized Housing

  • March 23, 2015
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Due to a recent Defense Department change in basic allowance for housing (BAH), renters insurance is no longer required for airmen …

Ready and Resilient for the Challenges Ahead

  • March 23, 2015
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The stories of communities’ successes and the effect of their ongoing work are the heart of ADC and the focus of “Ready and Resilient: America’s Defense Communities” …

Navy Reaches Penultimate Step in Horsham Environmental Review Process

  • March 22, 2015
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A final environmental impact statement (EIS), which favors the local redevelopment authority’s reuse plan, has been issued by the Navy …

Senate Budget Panel Approves 2016 Plan with Added Defense Funding

  • March 22, 2015
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The Senate Budget Committee on Thursday raised a special war funding account for defense to $89 billion next year …

DOD Should Consider Trimming Civilian Workforce to Generate Savings, Defense Analysts Say

  • March 22, 2015
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One area the Pentagon should target to slash spending is its civilian workforce, four defense analysts said March 16 at a Cato Institute forum. The number of civilian workers has grown since 2009, even as the size of the armed forces has been shrinking, said Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The Pentagon has not kept good records of the number of civilian workers it has, Eaglen pointed out, making it difficult to craft plans to roll back the size of the workforce. Conducting a round of base closures would be another way to find budget savings, the experts said …

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