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Non-Combat Injuries Hinder Veterans’ Return to Everyday Life

  • April 14, 2014
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When it comes to the most enduring impact of 12-plus years of war, coping with health problems not considered combat-related may be the primary legacy for the majority of veterans. While more than 50 percent of service members deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 say their physical or mental health has deteriorated, most of those health problems do not stem from injuries suffered in combat. Almost 80 percent of those reporting worsening health — about 1 million service members — say they were not seriously injured in combat …

Army Breaks Ground on Flight Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

  • April 14, 2014
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The Army’s flight activity center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurt is finally getting a new home – after operating for more than 50 years out of an outdated hangar originally designed for the Navy’s antisubmarine blimp fleet. Officials broke ground Friday on a new facility to house Communications-Electronics Research…

Army Uses Geo-mapping for Renewable Energy Planning

  • April 14, 2014
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In a first-of-a-kind analysis, the Army has gathered geospatial data to identify land on military bases that may be available for renewable energy projects. The goal of the Army Environmental Command’s study was to identify clear parcels suitable for renewable energy projects. The effort was part of a larger goal to make 25 percent of all energy consumed on Army installations to be from renewable energy sources by 2025…

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden: New Help on the Way for Veterans’ Caregivers

  • April 14, 2014
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More than 5.5 million Americans care for wounded service members and veterans, “and they shouldn’t have to bear that alone,” First Lady Michelle Obama said Friday at the White House. She was joined by Jill Biden, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) at an event highlighting…

Air Force Has Few Options In Light of Capitol Hill Opposition to BRAC

  • April 14, 2014
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Despite serious problems created by declining budgets, Congress remains adamantly opposed to a new round of base closure, leaving the Air Force with few options for cutting costs associated with installations. “The department is facing a serious problem created by the tension of declining budgets, reductions in force structure and limited flexibility to adapt our infrastructure accordingly,” said John Conger…

Deal over UAS Park at Grand Forks AFB Expected in June

  • April 13, 2014
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The Air Force expects to reach final agreement over an enhanced use lease (EUL) at Grand Forks Air Force Base for a business and technology park focused on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in June, Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, said last week. Grand Forks County is the Air Force’s local partner for the EUL, which will cover 217 acres at the installation. Northrop Grumman will be the Grand Sky project’s anchor tenant. “The agreement we’re forging in North Dakota between Grand Forks County, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman will help create one of the premier hubs in this country for developing unmanned aerial system technologies,” said North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven …

Are Military Housing Needs in Conflict with Training Lands, House Panel Asks

  • April 13, 2014
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An urgent need to expand military housing for personnel and their families at some installations potentially could force officials to convert property designated for training, the House Appropriations Committee states in its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. To alleviate the demand for additional housing at affected installations, the committee urges DOD to work with state and local governments, along with nongovernmental entities, when development is supported by the community …

Budget Cuts, Looming BRAC Round Worry Supporters of Maryland Proving Ground

  • April 13, 2014
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Advocates for Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., already anxious about the impact of recent budget cuts, are bracing for the prospect of a new base closure round. The installation gained new missions and thousands of jobs following the last BRAC round, and officials are working to ensure the proving ground is well-positioned to benefit from the next one. One selling point is the amount of land available on the post, located northeast of Baltimore, to expand …

Database Confirms Concentration of Veterans with PTSD in Defense Communities

  • April 13, 2014
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Defense communities have always considered themselves a popular choice for separating service members looking for a place to settle down, or at least jump start their civilian lives. A new analysis of Veterans Affairs data shows that military communities also have the highest number of veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, a conclusion that, while hardly surprising, should alert local officials to the importance of ensuring there is a sufficient amount of mental health services available in their communities …

Following Growth Spurt, Army Pacific Forces to Remain Steady

  • April 13, 2014
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After growing by 16,000 active-duty soldiers recently to an end strength of 106,000, Army forces in the Pacific are expected to be shielded from severe cuts the service is planning to carry out over the coming years to cope with statutory spending caps. “How we have forces based in the Pacific we see remaining about the same for the next several years,” Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter in Honolulu, said last week …

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