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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 …

Filmmaker Discussing Purchase of Land at Ft. McPherson

  • June 18, 2014
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Filmmaker Tyler Perry has been negotiating for several months with the LRA for the former Fort McPherson the purchase of a portion of the 486-acre site for a movie and television production complex, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday. Following a vote by the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority yesterday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city will now begin “robust” conversations with Perry, best known as the creator of the “Madea” film franchise …

Despite Long Odds, BRAC Still Worth Fighting For, James Says

  • June 18, 2014
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is pessimistic about the prospect that Congress will approve the Pentagon’s request for a new BRAC round in 2017, but believes DOD will continue trying to persuade lawmakers of its importance at a time when it is coping with stringent spending caps. “As a person who came out of business, the last things a corporation would do is spend money on facilities that are no longer needed,” James told defense reporters Wednesday. “You would never, never, never run a business this way. I realize government is not a business. But there are certain principles [that] make good common sense …

Private Sector Is Better Positioned than Feds to Improve Veterans’ Employment, Recruiter Says

  • June 18, 2014
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Federal support for programs to boost veterans’ employment has been “inefficient at best and ineffective or counterproductive at worst,” according to a commentary in Forbes. The effectiveness of DOD and Labor Department transition classes for separating military personnel has been universally criticized, while “various government departments have funded the creation of duplicative online job boards, insulting and limiting military occupational specialty software translators and elaborate but underutilized ‘labor exchanges,’” writes Peter Gudmundsson, CEO of RecruitMilitary …

Medical School to Establish Campus at Brooks City-Base

  • June 18, 2014
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The University of the Incarnate Word has reached agreement with Brooks City-Base to locate a new school of osteopathic medicine at the property on San Antonio’s South Side. The school, which is scheduled to open in 2016, will be followed by a number of other developments by the university at Brooks, including the relocation of some of the university’s nursing programs, and the establishment of a physician assistant school, school of physical therapy and an engineering school …

Massachusetts Breaks Ground on Road Project to Benefit Army Research Center

  • June 18, 2014
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State, local and military officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday to celebrate a $2.5 million road improvement project designed to improve traffic flow on a major access route to the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center outside of Boston. The project, scheduled to finish next summer, will repave Kansas Street, improve intersections, enhance drainage, install a new water main and create a new multi-use path, reports MetroWest Daily News. It is being funded by the state government and includes a $1.5 million MassWorks grant intended to support housing, economic development and job creation …

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