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Governor Advances Replacement Facility for Okinawan Air Base

  • January 2, 2014
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The governor of Okinawa last week approved the start of construction for the replacement for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, a move that no longer is directly linked to the realignment of thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam but one that remains vital to rebalancing the footprint of U.S. Armed Forces in Japan. “This decision comes after many years of sustained effort between the United States and Japan, and it is the most significant milestone achieved in these realignment efforts so far,” according to a written statement issued by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel …

Omaha Planning Agency Needs JLUS Consultant for Offutt AFB

  • January 2, 2014
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The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, the lead agency for the joint land use study (JLUS) implementation for Offutt Air Force Base and the study area, will receive proposals for consulting services to assist in the preparation of a JLUS implementation until Jan. 28 at 4:30 p.m. CST at the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency office. Copies of the proposal specifications can be obtained on the Agency’s website …

San Antonio Eyes Potential for Attracting New Cybersecurity Missions in Next BRAC

  • January 2, 2014
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San Antonio officials are confident the city’s military installations are well positioned for a future base closure round and are pointing to the potential for building on the region’s strength in cybersecurity to attract new missions in the next BRAC. “We have an opportunity to augment and grow what we already have,” John Dickson, a principal at San Antonio-based Denim Group, told the San Antonio Business Journal. “I think we are more confident this time that our existing facilities are in a strong position and that will allow us to try to supplement and add to the missions that we currently have …

Language Directing Quick Transfer of Ft. Monroe Parcel Left out of Policy Bill

  • January 2, 2014
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A provision directing the Army to convey a 70-acre parcel at Fort Monroe that is separate from the acreage at the historic post already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia was dropped from the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The language from the House version of the annual policy bill possibly could have forced the Army to transfer the tract to the Fort Monroe Authority at no cost, eliminating the need for lengthy negotiations over the terms of a transfer …

Appropriators near Completion of FY’14 Spending Package

  • January 2, 2014
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Progress on crafting a $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 is on schedule for lawmakers to take it up by Jan. 15 when the current continuing resolution runs out. Some hurdles — such as funding levels for specific projects and policy riders from earlier versions of individual spending bills — still remain, and it is unclear how soon leaders of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees will work those out, reported the Hill …

Defense Communities Soar in FAA Competition for UAS Test Sites

  • January 2, 2014
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Multiple defense communities will benefit from the Federal Aviation Administration’s selection of six winning proposals to develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites, with one active-base community and one BRAC site hosting research locations, and numerous military installations expected to participate in the effort to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace. State and local officials from across the country anxiously awaited Monday’s announcement as winning hosts of test sites are expected to bolster their economies through the growth of companies and university programs involved in UAS research and manufacturing …

Editor’s Note: Happy Holidays!

  • December 22, 2013
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360 will be taking the rest of the year off. Have a safe and happy holiday, and an even happier new year!

Pueblo Chemical Depot Gets Green Light to Launch Reuse Process

  • December 22, 2013
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The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot can formally begin the process of converting the facility into an industrial park under the BRAC statute, after the Army last week declared about two-thirds of the installation surplus. The Dec. 20 Federal Register notice means that other federal agencies, including other DOD components, had no interest in acquiring portions of about 16,000 acres on the 23,000-acre site …

Maryland County Consolidates Veterans Services on College Campuses

  • December 22, 2013
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A new initiative in Montgomery County, Md., aims to make its public colleges the area’s central access point for veteran services, including mental-health counseling, benefits assistance and academic guidance. The elected leader of the county, a suburb of Washington, D.C., believed local college campuses would be a logical place to address gaps in veterans services because many veterans take advantage of the higher education benefits covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill …

Decision to Place Army Cyber Command at Ft. Gordon is Augusta’s Gain

  • December 22, 2013
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Last week’s announcement that the Army will consolidate its Cyber Command at Fort Gordon is expected to be a huge boon for Augusta, with the new headquarters bringing an estimated 1,500 military, civilian and contractor personnel to East Georgia. “It’s obviously huge for Augusta; to say we’re thrilled is an understatement,” said Walter Sprouse Jr., executive director of the city’s economic development authority …

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