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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 …

ADC Welcomes 2014 National Partners

  • January 9, 2014
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The Association of Defense Communities today announced the first five companies to become 2014 National Partners, the association’s annual sponsorship program that affords participants the opportunity to enhance their outreach to key defense community stakeholders and play a leadership role within ADC. The association will announce additional National Partners in the coming weeks. “Despite challenges facing defense contractors, support for ADC remains strong,” Tim Ford, CEO of ADC said. “I am proud that our partners represent the leaders in supporting communities and installation management issues …

Commission May Recommend Relaxing Barriers between Air Force Components

  • January 9, 2014
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In addition to the Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget request, another indicator early this year of possible changes in military force structure will be the final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. The commission, charged with reviewing the appropriate balance between the Air Force’s regular and reserve components, has held numerous hearings and listened to suggestions such as combining the National Guard and Reserve, and moving much of the service’s infrastructure to the reserve component …

Army Names New Director to Energy Initiatives Group

  • January 9, 2014
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John Lushetsky, who has led the Army’s effort to implement large-scale renewable energy projects since 2011, is stepping down to return to the Department of Energy and will be replaced as executive director of the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) by Amanda Simpson, officials announced Thursday. Simpson, a presidential appointee, served as EITF deputy executive director for the past several months. Previously she was a special adviser to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology …

Appropriators Indicate Need for Stopgap Funding Bill to Buy Extra Days’ Time

  • January 9, 2014
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Congress likely will need to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open past Jan. 15 as appropriators believe they will need several extra days to complete a 12-bill, $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the government through the end of fiscal 2014. Negotiators are expected to reach an agreement on the massive spending bill prior to the Jan. 15 expiration of the current CR, but the House and Senate will need several days to clear the legislation …

North Carolina Needs to Diversify Economies of Defense Communities, Official Says

  • January 8, 2014
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In anticipation of the significant changes coming to military installations in eastern North Carolina, state officials are considering investing in industries that won’t be affected by the defense drawdown. “We are trying to diversify the economy of eastern North Carolina and the whole state. We want to surround our military installations with business that will last as our situation ebbs and flows,” said Sharon Decker, the state’s secretary of commerce …

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