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Lt. Governor Tours Reserve Bases across Pennsylvania

  • March 27, 2014
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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley visited several military installations in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, including the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, as part of a statewide tour by the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission. Cawley chairs the panel, which Gov. Tom Corbett (R) established in 2012 to promote the state’s military facilities and track federal actions affecting them …

Airport to Invest in Project to Preserve West Virginia Air Guard Base

  • March 27, 2014
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Local airport officials in Kanawha County, W.Va., agreed this week to invest $1.5 million over 10 years to help construct a bridge intended to secure the future of the Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing. The vote by the Yeager Airport’s board represents the last county entity needed to approve funding for the project, reported the Charleston Gazette. Last year, Kanawha County agreed to fund one-third of the bridge’s $6.2 million construction cost. The state also is contributing to the project …

Navy To Conduct Radiation Testing of Treasure Island Homes

  • March 27, 2014
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The Navy has agreed to test all homes on Treasure Island for radiation contamination following the discovery of radioactive items in recent years at the former base located in San Francisco Bay. The Navy’s decision stems from requests from residents and “a recent radiological finding beneath a non-leased housing unit …

‘Empty Facilities Tax’ Costing Army $500M Annually, McHugh Says

  • March 27, 2014
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The Army is spending an estimated $500 million a year to maintain buildings it no longer needs, a cost that will rise in the absence of a BRAC round as the service continues to draw down its forces, Secretary John McHugh told lawmakers Thursday. McHugh referred to the funds spent on unneeded facilities as an “empty facilities tax” as he testified before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He pointed to that half-billion-dollar-a-year tax as one reason why Congress should approve the Pentagon’s request to hold a round of base closures in 2017 …

Further Sequester Relief Not a Priority for Senate Leadership

  • March 27, 2014
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Senate Democrats have downgraded their effort to ease the burden of sequestration on DOD through fiscal 2021, dropping it from their list of legislative goals for the remainder of the year. Over the last 18 months, top Senate Democrats had made a push to replace the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps on defense and domestic spending with alternative mechanisms for reducing the deficit, but on Thursday Senate leaders highlighted only domestic issues as their priorities for 2014 …

Entrepreneurial Course Helps Separating Service Members Launch Startups

  • March 26, 2014
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“Boots to Business,” an optional supplement to DOD’s newly revised Transition GPS program developed by the Small Business Administration, is providing transitioning service personnel a variety of tools to start their own small businesses. After a two-day introduction, soon-to-be veterans in this track enroll in an eight-week online course through Syracuse University aimed at helping service members prepare a business plan …

House Panel Demands Data on Excess Federal Property

  • March 26, 2014
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Two top members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are pressing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide data on federal property holdings needed to support legislation intended to streamline the process for disposing of underutilized property. A March 24 letter sent by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) repeats a request from December 2011 for Federal Real Property Profile data on property valued at $50 million or more which does not currently meet federal government needs …

Ft. Rucker Poised to Grow after Next BRAC, Local Official Says

  • March 26, 2014
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Despite the obvious threat posed by a looming BRAC round, Fort Rucker stands to gain missions in the next round of base closures, according to a member of the post’s local support group, Friends of Fort Rucker. The installation, located in southeastern Alabama, has an array of assets that could allow it to benefit from the next BRAC round, said Rod Wolfe, a retired brigadier general who also serves on Alabama’s Military Stability Commission …

FY’15 Milcon Measure May Be First out of Gate on Both Sides of Capitol

  • March 26, 2014
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A House panel will mark up the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending measure next week, as Congress kicks off the annual effort to advance appropriations bills. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said the milcon and legislative branch spending bills will be the first ones debated in the full committee and taken up on the House floor …

Some Commissaries Could Close in U.S., DOD Official Says

  • March 26, 2014
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A loss in business at U.S. commissaries due to cuts in subsidies proposed under the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget request could force some military grocery stores to close, a senior DOD official told lawmakers Wednesday. The department is not proposing to close any commissaries; rather, its latest budget calls for reducing the annual direct subsidy to commissaries by $1 billion over the next three years. At that point, the lower funding would reduce the average discount for military families from 30 percent to 10 percent …

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