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Virginia Should Welcome a BRAC Round, State Official Says

  • June 22, 2014
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The commonwealth of Virginia should embrace a looming round of base closures as a way to increase missions at state installations, particularly in Hampton Roads, John Harvey Jr., Virginia’s secretary of veterans and defense affairs, said last week. Harvey, a retired admiral who headed Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, argued that Virginia is likely to come out ahead in the next BRAC round. “There is no other state that has the inherent advantages, geographic advantages, the institutional advantages, the type of workforce that supports the services that Virginia does …

Hurdle in Senate over Appropriations Could Result in Stopgap for FY’15

  • June 22, 2014
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The roadblock the Senate encountered last week as it attempted to debate a package of three domestic spending bills raises the possibility that Congress will resort to a continuing resolution to fund the government at the start of the new fiscal year. While Senate leaders still have an opportunity to break the impasse over amendments that prompted Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to pull the fiscal 2015 “minibus” from the floor, if the chamber fails to clear any spending measures, a continuing resolution would be needed for all 12 of the annual spending bills …

Balfour Beatty Closes on Housing Privatization Deal at Two Air Force Bases

  • June 19, 2014
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Balfour Beatty Communities closed on a deal to develop and manage family housing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and Moody AFB, Ga., the Newton Square, Pa.-based developer announced Thursday. Initial development period costs for the project will reach an estimated $60 million. Over the project term, Balfour will finance, renovate and manage the 674 existing homes at Dyess and during the four-year initial development period it will finance, design and construct about 101 new homes at Moody AFB, as well as two community centers and other amenities across both bases …

Stratford Engine Plant Sale Hinges on River Cleanup

  • June 19, 2014
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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is surveying the Housatonic riverbed adjacent to the former Stratford Army Engine Plant to determine how much cleanup will be necessary by the plant’s owner, the Army, before its final sale can be completed. The state’s analysis is expected to be completed by August, at which time the agency likely would begin discussions with the Army, reports the Stratford Star. The government’s agreement to sell the plant to developer Point Stratford Renewal assigns responsibility for remediating the riverbed to the Army …

Optimism over Spending Bills Dims after Senate Dispute

  • June 19, 2014
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Apparent momentum in Congress to pass individual spending bills through regular order took a wrong turn Thursday after the Senate suspended debate on a package of three spending bills after the two parties failed to reach agreement on dealing with amendments. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the fiscal 2015 “minibus” — made up of the Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-HUD and Agriculture measures — from the Senate floor after Republicans scoffed at Reid’s insistence on a 60-vote threshold to pass amendments …

Army to Release Initial Findings from Basing Analysis

  • June 19, 2014
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The Army is expected shortly to release its preliminary analysis of the local impacts that would result from a reduction in its active-duty end strength to a range of between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers. The analysis follows a similar exercise officials conducted before deciding last June how to restructure forces after shrinking end strength by 80,000 soldiers and deactivating brigade combat teams at 10 U.S. installations. That drawdown is now under way and will leave the Army with 490,000 troops by the end of 2015 …

House Votes to Oppose BRAC, Preserve A-10 Fleet

  • June 19, 2014
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In two votes that succinctly summarize the challenge the Pentagon faces in planning for mandated budget cuts, House lawmakers voted Thursday night to bar DOD from spending any funds to plan for or carry out another BRAC round, and to prevent it from implementing the Air Force’s proposal to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft. The two votes came during House debate of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill. Final passage of the bill is expected today …

Survey to Guide Funding for Veterans Programs in Los Angeles, Officials Say

  • June 18, 2014
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Government, business and nonprofit leaders in Los Angeles believe a new survey of Los Angeles County veterans conducted by the University of Southern California will help the region advance policies and programs best suited for the nation’s largest veteran population. “We have to target our work and, today, the data is going to help us do that,” said Anthony Hassan, director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the university’s School of Social Work …

Ft. Meade Celebrates Opening of Army’s First Unaccompanied Housing Project

  • June 18, 2014
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Officials from Fort Meade, Md., and Corvias Military Living held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday for the Army’s first privately-developed, on-post apartment community for unaccompanied junior service members. Reece Crossings consists of 432 apartments and will improve the quality-of-life for more than 1,000 service members by providing them the opportunity to live at Fort Meade close to community, work and training resources …

Microgrid to Turn Hawaiian Marine Base into an ‘Energy Island’

  • June 18, 2014
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By the spring of 2015, workers will finish building a microgrid at Marine Corps Camp H.M. Smith on Oahu, making it the first military installation to have the ability to maintain all critical operations in the event of a power outage. The camp will generate enough electricity for an “energy island” microgrid by adding five diesel generators to the two already there. Those will be combined with a bank of photovoltaic cells on the base’s new fitness center and two large solar carports …

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